The Early Bird

With the alarm set for 4:30 a.m. yesterday Finn had his bag packed for a day on the lobster boat.  He was grumpy for about a minute upon waking up but then rallied in typical Finn fashion for a day of work.

After some Fortnight and a quick nap on the steam out, it was time to haul.

Nice work, Finn.  Growing up salty.


What the Fluke

I will swim with a humpback whale some day.

It’s at the top of my bucket list for sure.

I actually planned a vacation to Costa Rica several years ago for the opportunity to swim with the whales in Drake Bay, but sadly, no whales were in the area during my stay.

I have, however, had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, black tip reef sharks, and manatees.  Each of those experiences are kind of sacred to me.  All are moments that I will never forget.

While swimming with wild marine life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you haven’t been on at least one amazing whale watch, you are missing out.  We are incredibly fortunate to have whales not far off our coast for a good part of the year.  I, all kidding aside, sometimes find myself laying awake at night thinking, “I wonder what the whales are doing right now?” Freak meter rating high, I realize, but true nonetheless.

So, today, knowing that the whales have been plentiful for the past several days, we went for a trip with Cape Ann Whale Watch.  How do I know they’ve been plentiful you may ask?  I follow their blog.

I had the opportunity to speak with both long time owners, Nick Danikas and Jim Douglass, in the parking lot prior to the trip.  Both are great guys who are pretty passionate about offering trips that leave guests with memories to last a lifetime.

Likewise, the crew and the naturalists are phenomenal and beyond highly educated on the matter of whales and sea life indigenous to our waters. Their enthusiasm was contagious.  Even the captain, John Karvelas, was excitedly pointing out bubble clouds as they formed on the surface of the water.  Bubble clouds are a method that whales use to trap krill and sand eels in a tight school so that they can emerge, mouths open, and swallow up a giant meal.

Today’s trip was nothing short of amazing.  To begin, we only had to head 11 miles off the Dog Bar Breakwater, which was a treat in itself.  After a short steam, we were literally surrounded by humpback whales.  I’ve been on many whale watches.  Both on local whale watching boats and on smaller private boats. Today’s trip was one for the record books.

Click Here for more information about Cape Ann Whale Watch

Hear are some of my favorite photos from today’s trip.


More marine origami

Small fishing boat near a lighthouse

Should the lighthouse be taller? I tried to get the proportions from photos of Eastern Point lighthouse, more or less. It is probably not quite in the right proportion to the size of the fishing boat, but folding from dollar bills limits the range of size I can produce…

No dollar bills were damaged during this production… All three could be unfolded and put back in my wallet.

Fred Buck Comes Through With A Couple Of Photos Of Our Grandfather Captain Joe’s Boat The Benjamin C

When Mary Ann Anderson asked last week on these pages if anyone had any photos of her grandfather’s boat The Rosemarie, Fred Buck who works in The Photo department at The Cape Ann Historical Museum sent us a picture to post for her.

Fred wrote in the comment section letting folks know that he would help locate other photos of the Gloucester fleet so I asked if there were any of our Grandfather Captain Joe’s boat The Benjamin C.  Within hours Fred responded with not one but two.

There’s more than a few lessons here. 

  • Read the comment sections and participate in the GMG comment section under each post, You never know what golden nuggets get uncovered in there and it’s a part of what makes the GMG community special.
  • Cape Ann Historical Museum On Pleasant Street has a treasure trove of local artifacts, photos and information.
  • We have some excellent people who read GMG with a wide range of local interests and love to help. Example in this case- Fred Buck from The Cape Ann Museum.

Fred emailed me two photos, one of which was owned by the museum, it’s a 1951 photo taken by Philip Reisman.


Here’s the history of this boat from our Company’s website- Captain Joe and Son’s History

On the site there are pictures of the boat being launched at The Story shipyard in Essex and many more photos of my Grandfather and his crew-

Thanks Fred!

Lazy Daizy Restoration Project Update 5/25/08

I know all you regular readers are just dying to see how the big time progress is coming along on the Lazy Daizy and I’m here for you. I haven’t forgot about all of you waiting with baited breath for this update.

Well, she’s still a money pit disaster of a boat work in progress.