American Glory Cruise Ship at Cruiseport

Here’s the cruise ship that pulled into port Tuesday. It looked kinda old by today’s cruise ship standards, but well maintained (at least from the outside).

Whale Safe Green Lobster Band Article From Jay Lindsay-AP

Mass. lobstermen promote practices as whale safe

BOSTON (AP) — New green rubber bands that will bind the claws of Massachusetts lobsters beginning this weekend won’t save the lobsters from the dinner table. But they signify a state initiative aimed at saving whales.

Lobsters caught in state waters will be given the bands, stamped “Massachusetts” and depicting whale tails, to highlight the state’s efforts to make the seas safer for whales by requiring lobstermen to use rope to connect their traps that rests on the ocean floor, rather than line that floats and could entangle whales.

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Block Party August 16th- Pass It On!

August 16, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Main Street Gloucester
from Hancock Street to Washington Street

Come One Come All
FREE Downtown Block Party.
Get ready to dance and play.

Some Activities you can enjoy:

  • Dine Al Fresco
  • Shop
  • Grab a Chair & Relax
  • Meet yours neighbors new and old
  • Listen to Great Local Musicians
  • Dance in the Streets
  • Watch Local Dance Performances
  • Learn a New Dance
  • Enjoy the Flavor of Downtown
  • Fun for all Ages
  • And More

All musicians, performers, and organizers are donating their time. If you would like more information contact Janice Shea at the Cormorant Shop or visit or for more information and updates.

Please forward this email to all your friends and family and mark your calendar to enjoy a great night under the stars in Downtown Gloucester.

Western Venture Net Loading

Using a portable boom truck equipped with a power block, the huge herring nets are loaded onto the midwater trawler the Western venture at The State Fish Pier in Gloucester.

Western Venture Net Loading, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Westen Venture Loads Net From Swan Net Boom Truck Video

Watch as the massive net gets offloaded from the Swan Net’s boom truck and onto the net reel aboard the Western Venture.  Swan Net has a facility to mend and create fishing nets up at the Blackburn Industrial Park, over a mile from the waters edge.  They can work on these huge nets inside of buildings with controlled environments instead of taking up valuable real estate on the waterfront.  They can do this because of the boom truck that can load and offload these nets for more efficient handling.

Rosa Rugosa Life Cycle Update 7/28/08

The Rose Hips have turned from green to yellow, soon they will be orange and then red.

Click this text for the Rosa Rugosa Life Cycle slide show.

Click this text for my tribute to the Rosa Rugosa (which I think should be Gloucester’s official flower).