Happy Thanksgiving

It's time for our annual Thanksgiving blog post...Susan and I would like to wish all of our friends and the many followers of our Blogs, and their friends and family, a happy Thanksgiving. To all of you out there cruising, we wish you safe travels and hope to see you on the water. Please enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving post. Chuck and Susan

George Washington's Proclamation


The George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks -- for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility [sic], union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn [sic] kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease [sic] of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington


  1. Bravo! and Happy Thanksgiving!

    I wish I could have found that before I posted this morning :)

  2. This is fantastic. Government and governance as it was meant to be. Happy Thanksgiving to you kind folks!

    Brian B

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Chuck and Susan!

    Ralph (RTB) and Beverly.

    1. Thanks Ralph and Beverly. Susan and I wish you both all the best for the holiday season and happy cruising. Stay safe out there.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you are going to be able to spend some Holiday time with friends and family!!
    Safe cruises...and a big THANKYOU for your great blog. We love what you do and how you share it!
    George and Donna

  5. Thank you so much George and Donna. We are with friends and family today and giving thanks for all the wonderful opportunities we have been given and all of the wonderful people we have met along the way, Chuck and Susan

  6. Chuck and Susan Happy Thanksgiving to you. Hope you both are having a grand time. Thanks again for your blog and information, you guys have inspired Denise and I to start our own blog. Please check it out and give us feedback. Take care - hope to see you on the water - leaving Gulf Shores on 12-1. http://trawdaddy.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Too bad you're not in Apalachicola. We have 22 boaters getting together tomorrow for Thanksgiving Dinner. It should be a lot if fun. Congrats on the new blog. It looks like it's getting off to a good start. Have fun, stay safe and I'm sure we'll meet up somewhere.

  7. Chuck and Susan,
    Our serendipity meeting through the AGLCA Forum has certainly enriched the quality of my "necessitated shore bound cruising" for the time being.

    Your posting of this Thanksgiving message will be a grand supplement to my earlier posting today.

    Tight Lines!

    Alan V. Cecil
    Hampton Roads

    1. Many thanks Alan. Susan and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a most excellent Holiday season. Stay warm and dry.


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