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During the tour, Walbridge explains the functions of different parts of the ship. As birds cry overhead and the sailboat creaks, Walbridge leads Moe to the helm.
"The helm is the steering wheel of the ship. This is actually where you drive the boat." A lot of non-sailors, says Walbridge, enquire why the helm is located at the back of the ship. "You gotta remember that this is a sailing ship. You don't just pick a course and set sail. If the wind's against you, you try and use the wind to your advantage. By standing in the back of the boat you can look forward and see all of the sails and tell if they're drawing correctly, if they're sailing correctly. You can see the big picture."
Walbridge has sailed the HMS Bounty all over the world, docking in such locations as the Galapagos, Holland, and British Columbia. Next year, they hope to venture to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sailing the St. Lawrence, however, holds a special place for Waldridge. "This is actually my favorite trip," he said. "I love the St. Lawrence, I love comin' up through here, I love the Thousand Islands, I love this whole area. I don't care if you're out in the Pacific, the Atlantic, one wave looks like the other. When you come up the river you never know what's around the corner. It makes the trip more interesting."
Waldridge and his crew generally try and sail the ship exactly the way it was sailed 200 years ago, employing such techniques as celestial navigation and dead reckoning. When the weather sours, however, they have the comforts of modern technology at hand. "We really have the best of both worlds," he said.