I’ve been at the dock for 42 years. a long time. I’ve seen probably 6 blue lobsters in my time here but none as blue as the one brought in today and released.
I’m not gonna lie Mr Winch. I’m not going to miss you when I finally get some vacation time.
Bobby Ryan Writes-
I’m not usually a romantic, nor do I usually attribute feelings to inorganic items, but…
Could it have been Capt. Joe who actually bolted that unit down? That stand had to be built. Look at it. The paint color was known as “Battleship Grey”. Everything wooden on the waterfront was “Battleship Grey”. If you owned a boat somethings were orange or green. Extra paint left from painting the mast and hull. Everything iron had a coat of Red Lead under the grey. There must be 30 coats on this winch. Usually painted on during Fiesta week when the fleet was tied up. How about that “___ head”? Is that brass? How shiny it was when new? Can you imagine how proud the “Skipper” was when he first brought up those bags of whiting knowing he made a move to be “on shore” in order to better feed and care for his family? This time of year I remember one of the last things Slug would have me do before closing up for Christmas Eve was to go over to Capt. Joe’s. I would come back with plates of food. Some cooked, some not. At the time, when it was more personal and not so en vogue, I did not fully understand about the 7 fishes, but they were delicious.
Joey, you do not need to post this, I just wanted to let you know what I see in that old winch and to let you know there are others having thoughts of your family.
If you only knew how much fish and #lobster this piece of equipment has offloaded in the past fifty years…
And The New-
At the dock there are a couple of key pieces of equipment. The winch, the forktruck, the scales and the carts. Any one of these go down and we’re in serious trouble. We rely on them to work day in and day out. In the worst of all conditions.
You know how the fishing industry is the second most dangerous profession in the world behind coal mining? Well it might be the second most dangerous profession but handling saltwater fish is absolutely the deadliest profession for machinery. Salt, and saltwater, fish grease and massive tonnage being handled daily create the perfect storm of corrosiveness and opportunity for mechanical failure.
That’s why whenever I have an opportunity to secure a Fairbanks Cart to help perform our job at the dock I leap. This morning at 5:00 AM I drove a couple of hours to get my hands on the newest member of the Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company Family. One of the best parts about the Fairbanks carts are the plug in caster systems. If after years you need new casters, you contact the company and they can ship you out new ones.
The decks are absolute beastly and handle incredibly poundings without skipping a beat. I routinely lower 400Lbs of lobster crates on them when offloading the boats and then add another stack of 400. No problem.
Here’s the new one. I put a couple of coats of linseed oil on the oak decking and greased up the greased fittings and she’s ready for servicing our lobster fleet!
Our “Old” Fairbanks cart that’s helped offload millions of pounds of lobsters through the decades and our newly acquired Fairbanks Cart with the pretty green paint.
Isn’t she pretty?
from the website:
For more than 125 years, the Fairbanks Company has been shipping quality material handling equipment from our manufacturing facilities in Rome, GA. Our facilities encompass more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. To maintain our leadership role in the industry, we have modernized our facilities with the latest in robotic welding, electrostatic powder coating and CNC machining of wood parts.
These techniques have resulted in the expansion of our product offerings, making us a premier supplier of casters, wheel, handtrucks, platform trucks and dollies.
Our lobsterman Mike Tufts catches a rare orange#lobster. If we didn’t shoot the video to show it moving and alive you’d think it was cooked. He returned it to the sea once he let us shoot the video.
Sawyer Free Library Art Auction 2016
The Silent auction runs from September 6, 2016 to October 3, 2016
The Final vocal auction will be held on October 5, 2016 at 7:00pm
Look for more coverage of the auction on GMG.
For the Artists;
Paintings may be dropped off at the Library starting on Tuesday August 30, 2016 Noon to 7pm. Wednesday August 31, 2016 10am to 4pm. and Thursday September 1, 2016 12pm to 4pm.
I’ve received emails regarding my Dad’s Paintings and if they are for sale. Now that the weather is better I will be able to show them to anyone interested in purchasing. I have many left that are just sitting in the storage unit not being enjoyed. There are just so many that can hang on my walls. The sizes of the paintings range between 5″x7″ and up. The price range is $75.00 and up.
Here are some photos of some of the paintings that are available.
You can contact me by email at: Frontiero@hotmail.com
From the Urban Dictionary;
To pay a price that you deem high or unfair, but failing to pay the price often results in dire consequences.
Based on the story of the Pied Piper, who removed the rats from a town, and when not paid, he took their children instead!
My name is Lukas Struppe and I am a student at Gloucester High School. My friend, Matilda Grow, have produced a short documentary on the influence the waterfront has on Gloucester’s culture. We were wondering if you could share it to the rest of Gloucester for us through your website. If you could let me know of your decision of posting it or not that would be great, but I will send the link to you anyway right now.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
AUCTIONS END MONDAY AT 3PM
For Sale on Ebay
Paintings by the Late Paul Frontiero Sr. 1925-2012
They are all 9″x12″ oil on Panels.
More Coming Soon.
Larger Paintings Available. Contact; Paul at Frontiero@hotmail.com
I swear you couldn’t dream up this scene to paint it just the way it was at that very moment when I snapped the shot in between offloading boats.
You couldn’t have dreamed up the clouds or the sun breaking through at just the right angle to lead straight down the harbor to our dock. You couldn’t have dreamed up the lobster boats waiting to offload at just the right perpendicular locations to frame the shot on either side of the lobster boat’s mast that was tied up at the dock. Picture perfect.
Sometimes amid the madness you don’t really have time to take it all in because you’re ass deep in work but that one capture you managed to fire off brings it all back and reminds you that yes indeed, it wasn’t a dream.