Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GCaptain: Who is at fault? USS Fitzgerald- ACX Crystal Collision

AIS track of the ACX Crystal

 Who is at fault? USS Fitzgerald, ACX Crystal //GCaptain

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Every ship, regardless of nationality or purpose, is required to carry one terse book . This book is titled the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions but is better know by its acronym “COLREGs”. The chapters are short and to the point and ship officers are required to make marks of 90% on COLREGs tests taken to keep up their licenses. In order to pass this stringent requirement sailors have developed mnemonic aids to help them remember the contents. When the crew loses control of steering, the COLREGs demands that the ship display two red lights in a vertical line. The mnemonic for this rule is “Red over Red, the Captain’s dead”. Sailboats are required to display a red and green light and its said “Red over Green, sailing machine”. There are many more like this but one important rule for avoiding collisions with Navy warships is missing: “If it’s grey stay away.”3
While the media, with a very little hard data, attempts to understand the erratic maneuvers of the containership ACX Crystal on the night of her collision with the Destroyer USS Fitzgerald… professional mariners are certain that a long investigation will find the US Navy ship at fault.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Erie Canal route: New Genesee fermentation tanks going the old fashioned way.

We haul'd some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay
We know every inch of the way
From Albany to Buffalo.
Bruce Springsteen - Erie Canal Song
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The Rochester NY Genesee brewery opened bidding for new fermentation tanks.  A Chinese company got the job.  The problem was how to get them to Rochester - they were too long for the interstate highway system: but not too high for the low bridges on the Erie Canal.  But a technical problem remained: only one barge could fit in a lock.  One solution- two tugs - meant undesirable expense.  Coeymans Marine Towing got the job - and the solution: double locking.   Will vanDorp of Tugster explains:

It's called double locking.  Tug pushes tow 1 + 2 (front to back) into lock; crew steady 1 inside chamber and then uncouple tows 1 from 2; tug "backs out" of chamber entirely with tow 2.  when lock raises tow 1 to upstream level, canal infrastructure capstan moves tow 1 to the wall above the lock and crew secures it.  lock chamber is drained and tug pushes in with tow 2, which is then raised.  When tug and tow 2 are at upper water level, they maneuver in behind tow 1 and remake the entire tow, which is then moved to the next lock and the whole process is repeated. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Echo Bay Dory Skiff — Chase Small Craft

I have had it in mind to build a boat since we bought our house in Maine in 2008.

This is the most likely desin found so far.  It rows well (like our Susan Skiff from The Apprenticeshop in Rockland - and it has a sailing rig!

Echo Bay Dory Skiff — Chase Small Craft


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thomas Stanley Gorman (RIP) - Returned Volunteer

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On the 50th anniversary of "India 50"  our Peace Corps training group Volunteers are reconnecting.  There have been a couple of reunions.  This one is harder to put together but thanks to email we are doing pretty well.

Unfortunately we have learned that Thom Gorman -the red bearded guy from Maine - and perhaps the most well-liked member of our group died six years ago.

As you can see from this nice remembrance he and his wife Joan ran a Vermont Inn which featured Indian food! - gwc

Thomas Stanley Gorman - Valley Reporter

Thomas Stanley Gorman, chef/owner of Millbrook Inn and Restaurant in Fayston, Vermont, died of cancer on December 23, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington.

Thom was born on April 19, 1945, in South Portland, Maine. He spent his childhood in southern Maine before attending Boston University. Upon graduation, he spent two years in the Peace Corps in India with his wife, Jeanne. This experience shaped Thom in many ways, exposing him to a new culture for the first time. It also sparked a lifelong love for Indian cooking.

After his return to the United States in 1969, Thom worked as a salesman, first for Procter and Gamble and then in the college textbook division at Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He was promoted to an editorial position in 1977 and worked on science textbooks.

In 1979, Thom moved to Waitsfield. He and his wife Joan purchased Millbrook Inn, which they initially ran as a bed and breakfast. Six months later, Thom and Joan opened a restaurant in the inn, featuring Indian food, homemade pasta and desserts, and fresh local produce from their garden. For over 30 years they cooked together and served local food - long before the term "localvore" was in common use. In recent years, they also started hosting themed wine dinners, pairing the best local ingredients with wines from around the world. Thom loved the challenge of cooking new types of food and would research these meals carefully. He also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of how to cook Indian food through cooking classes, which he offered every summer as part of the Vermont Festival of the Arts.

Cooking was Thom's life work, but travel was his passion. In over 30 years of avid traveling, he and Joan visited all 50 states and every continent, except Antarctica. An intrepid hiker and skier, Thom climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked to Machu Picchu, and trekked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, with Joan always at his side. He especially loved South Africa, which he and Joan visited numerous times.

Thom also loved Waitsfield and was a familiar face around town, especially in Mehuron's Supermarket and at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market. He learned to downhill ski at Mad River Glen and loved nothing better than a great run on Lynx to Beaver. He also loved living in Vermont and all the people in this community and many others who came to eat in the restaurant and stay in the inn.

Thom is survived by his beloved partner in life, travel, and business, his wife Joan Gorman; daughter and son-in-law Mara Gorman and Matt Kinservik of Newark, Delaware; daughter and son-in-law Sheila and Brian Fadrosh of Shoemakerville, Pennsylvania; grandsons Tommy and Teddy Kinservik, Alex Moquin, and Johnny Fadrosh; foster son Jerome Wortman; siblings Janet Cotter, David Gorman, Marilyn Hanft, and Paula Flanders; father- and mother-in-law Daniel and Sonia Handelsman; numerous adopted family members and friends from around the world; and his dog "Riley."

A potluck memorial remembrance of Thom's life will be held at the Basebox at Mad River Glen on Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Please contact Lorraine Wargo at 496-3621 for more information.

Donations can be made in Thom's memory to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, 4177 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673 or to the Stark Mountain Foundation, P.O. Box 1221, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

The Gorman family would like to thank Dr. Neil Hyman, Dr. Paul Unger, and the many other staff members at Fletcher Allen who provided such wonderful care to Thom at the end of his life.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jackie Robinson statue - Dodger Stadium

I'll always be a Brooklyn Dodger fan.
A bronze statue of Brooklyn Dodgers' legend Jackie Robinson is unveiled outside Dodger Stadium before the team's baseball game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside


Purchase of Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound's wholesale operation means lobstermen will have more control over the prices they get for their catch, a spokesman says.
Penelope Overton
February 25, 2017
The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry.
At a closed-door meeting in Rockport, members voted 63-1 to buy the wholesale side of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that can hold up to 180,000 pounds of lobster, for $4 million, said Local 207 President Rocky Alley.
“We can’t wait to start buying and selling our own lobsters,” Alley said. “Right now, fishermen sell at the dock, and we get what we get, with no control. But there is lots of money made off lobsters after they leave the dock, and some ought to stay with us fishermen.”
The vote enables the Maine union to borrow money from a Kansas City bank and to borrow $1.1 million from fellow locals in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as far south as Maryland to purchase the Lamoine-based wholesale business.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter storm forecast: When they go low, we go high

Before the storm

from the soon to be defunded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Friendship, Maine 04547
Today March 14, 2017
TodaySnow before 5pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.TonightRain, snow, and sleet before 2am, then freezing rain likely between 2am and 3am, then snow likely after 3am. The rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 3am. Low around 25. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 35 mph becoming north 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.