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Water, water everywhere … why the coast inspires water hyperboles

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My wife and I have had a home in Lewes for almost 20 years. It’s within walking distance of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Although I had heard rumors of canal bridge openings, during these two decades I have never seen one.

I thought they were mythic happenings, in league with Brigadoon, the idyllic village that appears out of the mist for a single day every hundred years. (In Scotland, not Sussex County.)

Nonetheless, I have it on good report that there was a bridge opening just last month. What could have brought about this momentous development?

Was an enemy submarine forced to surface after decades under water? Did the Presidential yacht undertake a test run from Rehoboth Beach to Wilmington?

Cars travel over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Lewes.

No, it turns out that this bridge opening was occasioned by the passage of a houseboat, too tall to fit under the span but short enough to meet the height limitation of the city’s building code. Talk about raising and then lowering expectations!

The journey of this rather pedestrian houseboat, although that adjective doesn’t seem quite right, was not of long-term interest, unless, of course, you happen to be the letter carrier assigned to deliver mail to that traveling domicile.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service