Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Other Sites

While Bill of Rights takes a rest from her adventures, there might not be many updates here. I do however talk about past crew and other tallship characters on my personal site. I have also started a myspace site, along with Bhodi Sherridan, Erin Doak, Laura Levin and Jimmy Mcmanus! Join up and we can all stay connected. There's a "Tall Ship Sailors" group on myspace and a great sailor named Stephanie off Liberty Clipper runs it from her current homeport of Key West.

~ Kim Carver

Friday, August 19, 2005

Oh Captain, my Captain!

Pretty soon Captain Christopher will be released from the hospital and taken home. His house has been set up to accommodate him, and his roommate, family and friends are going to take turns being there to help out when he needs something.

Many people have been emailing me, asking to pass along their well-wishes to Christopher. So Christopher: Mark Griffin over in the Med. sends a "get well soon" to you, and good old Krunch is on the Sullivan right now and sends warm thoughts as well. Hopefully you have read the nice words on the Lady Washington site from Mark Olson and Haida Bob. Plus Jonothan Thomas called me and said he'd checked in on you and that your pain rating was 2 on a scale of 10, so he was relieved to hear that. We hear you're on a morphine drip, so enjoy that while it lasts!!!

The rumor that you are going to be good as new by Christmas is going strong now, so you have your rehabilitation work cut out for you!

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Our beloved Captain Christopher Trandell has been well tended to by the staff of Harbor-UCLA in Torrance, CA, and his crew, family & friends, including Miss Laura Levin and Steve Dilley. Laura and Steve came to be there for Christopher as soon as they heard and have been providing tons of support.

He was in surgery for 9 hours, and all his broken bones were reset during that time. After resting in intensive care for a day, he's been moved to room 17 on the 3rd floor of the west wing (rm 317-W ?) and has been told that he can put absolutely no weight on his foot for the next 8 weeks. After that it's physical therapy. Knowing Christopher's excellent health, I'm betting he'll be up and around by Christmas - maybe even back behind the helm? Let's hope.

The crew of Bill of Rights is kind of in limbo, as the Puerto Ricans have not gathered the resources to finalize the sale, and the contract with GHHSA/Lady Washington is over. We should assume that they are not getting paid and are wandering the streets between Harbor General and the schooner, where some of them shack up at night. If you see a lost sailor, take them in, feed them, let them check their email, do laundry, and watch a little TV.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bad News...

Schooner Bill of Rights Captain Christopher Trandell was in a motorcycle accident last night. He was broadsided, basically a car t-boned him on his bike. His whole Right side is seriously injured; Broken Femur, Broken hip, his lower leg broken in two different spot, broken bones in his foot, and the foot was torn open.
Please think good thoughts and a fast recovery. Lots of prayers!
Will update as soon as I know anything. Promise. You can also call me for more info tommorrow.

---Christopher Trandell is currently at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center (AKA Harbor General).
If you would like to send a card the address is:

County of Los Angeles Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 West Carson Street
Torrance CA 90509

phone: (310)222-2345

Sunday, August 07, 2005


I wanted to send a picture to you of Bhodi and I when I visited him in Cleveland, when we still didn't know what we were doing after all of this.  Right before I left he got the offer for Pride and when i got back to Wupatki, I got an offer as well.  Completely unexpected but very welcome.  So, we are both joining Pride II on the same day and our contracts run until mid December. 
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Saturday, August 06, 2005

D + H + E = :)

Just read on Alexa Chipman's site that Bhodi is flying to Europe to join Pride II ! That boy gets around, eh?

I spoke with Nathalie on the phone from Oxnard two nights ago. They had an excellent sail south from Sausalito, and plenty of time to restore their energy while there. Michael Kellick is loving being mate on Bill more and more, Jim and Victor have left the boat - so sad to see Jim Rich go! And as usual, Valerie is driving the cook to drinking.

Ha ha just kidding. No, not really. Not really kidding I mean. Well hey, that's life on the high seas. We have our ups and downs but we're all in it together and we're closer than most people's families nowadays. There's days when you want to ring the neck of that shipmate who is complaining or being a slacker or acting moody, but when the stuff hits the fan and the sail blows apart at 2 am and all hands are called on deck, or when the craziest current or wind is holding you off that dock for an hour, I can't think of one person on board right now who wouldn't jump in and do whatever it took to keep the boat and their shipmates safe and sound. I realized yesterday that most people I know on land have almost never been dirty, hungry and exhausted all at the same time. But so often THAT is life on a working tall ship. Call me crazy, but somehow I've gotten to the point where dirty, hungry and exhausted equals happiness!

Friday, August 05, 2005