It was great to catch the new Ocean Reporter in rockport Harbor last week.
I wonder if there is a meaning of the penquin standing on the pilot house.
Or just a decoration.
On January 3, 2009 the F\V Patriot was lost at Sea with both crewmen. Here is the story from the Gloucester Daily Times and a few photos I took of the Patriot in 2008. Also, Joey has some great pictures and video of inside the Patriots wheelhouse and engine room.
From the Gloucester Daily Times;
“By Richard Gaines The Gloucester Daily Times Sun Jan 04, 2009, 10:52 PM EST
As president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, Angela Sanfilippo has dealt many times with tragedy at sea. It never gets easier.
“This is a shocker,” she said Saturday, referring to the loss of the Patriot and the lives of two local fishermen. “This was the perfect boat. Gloucester has one more time been stricken.”
The two members of a Gloucester fishing family — the husband and father of Josephine Russo — were lost at sea early Saturday when the family-owned Patriot, a modern, 54-foot, steel-hulled trawler fishing alone on Middle Bank, about 15 miles from port, sank after an apparent catastrophic failure.
CLICK THE LINK FOR THE REST OF THE STORY; http://www.gloucestertimes.com/Patriot/x645317002/Mourning-the-Patriot
Here are Links to the USCG Final Action Report and the USCG Timeline chart on the F/V Patriot sinking.
Here are the links to Joey’s Videos;
I ran into John Nesta and his son Dominic Tuesday afternoon at Sibley’s Boat Yard working on Dominic’s boat. Dom got the boat from Mark Lacey this Summer and has been gearing it up to do various marine service duties. She’s up on the rails while they install a pilot house with the help of Larry Dahlmer – artist and boatsmith. I think the pilot house will give the boat the look of an old wooden trawler on a miniature scale. It’s going to be pretty cool when they’re done…
Keep an eye out, Dom just needs to glass the luan and 2x frame, and he’ll have the boat back in the water within the week!
North Shore Kid
Many lobster boats have been installing these”fences” along the side of the boat where that is opposite the hauling station.
The fence has several purposes. Real estate on a lobster boat is valuable, especially if the lobsterman is a real fisherman and not just a “pot hauler”. A pot hauler is a lobsterman who simply sets his traps out in the same spots and doesn’t take the time to figure out what exactly the lobsters are doing and more importantly where they will show up next. So the “pot hauler” sets his traps and goes back to the same spots over and over and doesn’t move the lobster traps around to try to be where the lobsters will show up next to be caught.
Lugging 100 traps from one area to another and resetting them and adjusting the lengths of the trawl lines for different fathoms is a lot of work and some “pot haulers” would just assume keep to a simple routine even though it doesn’t yield the best results. To be fair, to move lots of traps from one area to a whole different area forces a lobsterman to either have a very large boat in which they can stack a ton of traps on and get lots of traps moved at one time or if they have smaller boats they have to make multiple trips because you just can’t put that many traps aboard due to a shortage of space.
This is where a fence can be beneficial in two ways. All of the buoys and high-flyers and even barrels can be lashed on to the fence to save deck space for work.
Secondly when stacking traps high on the deck of the boat to get as many on as possible for moving them to a different area the fence helps to secure the traps. So if the lobsterman feels that his catch has dropped off and he can catch more lobsters by moving to a different area he can move a bunch at one time and not worry about losing them overboard in windy or rough conditions.
Taken from the “Head of the Harbor”
I know I’m right on this one.
I screwed up on yesterdays post: https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/sheedys-beach-rocky-neck/
Plenty of people let me know. But I do appreciate it.
I have to make sure I do my research if I post any more Rocky Neck Photos. Especially if some of us GMG Authors become Neighbors with the Hard Partying Rocky Neckers. More on that later!
Here’s a small painting I did of The Grace Marie getting ready to get underway from the Stae Fish Pier. Gloucester, Massachusetts
The Captain Joe, from Captain Joe’s
Sunrise at Capt Joe’s
High and Dry, 1
Niles Beach at Sunset