Saturday, December 31, 2011

Men at work: Friendship harbor at year's end

Friendship harbor (click on photos to enlarge)

rigged for trawling

Friday, December 30, the last workday of the year was a busy day in Friendship harbor.  By a rough estimate of the dinghies at moorings in the morning about 20 fishing boats were out - baiting and hauling traps, or bringing them in for storage in the off season.  Others were getting ready for the shortened shrimp season.  The Department of Marine Resources has declared:
"The 2011/2012 fishing season specifications are a total allowable catch (TAC) of 2,000 metric tons, with the season closing when landings are projected to reach 95 percent of the TAC (1,900 mt). The trawl season will start January 2, 2012 with three landing days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Vessels may only land once a day. The trap season will start February 1, 2012 with a 1,000 pound landing limit per vessel per day [and no days out]."
Delayed a month, it will be a short season, hard on Friendship's fleet. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Volvo: Somewhere in the Indian Ocean

In one of the strange finishes in the history of yacht racing: leg 2 - Capetown to Abu Dhabi finished not at Abu Dhabi but at an undisclosed Indian Ocean port - to avoid the risk of attack by pirates!  The boats were lifted aboard a freighter and transported for several days to the United Arab Emirates where they will re-start bound for the next port- Abu Dhabi!

Jamie Steeves turns second sardine carrier to new use - Rockland - Camden - Knox - VillageSoup Gazette

by Shlomit Auciello
ROCKLAND — Jamie Steeves has made a mission of finding and restoring damaged old wood-hulled commercial fishing boats and returning them to use on the waters where they were intended to serve. Steeves, who owns J & J Lobsters in Rockland with partner Joanne Campbell, has just brought the former sardine carrier Ida Mae to the railway at North End Shipyard, where it is being scraped, caulked and painted in preparation for a new life.Steeves turns second sardine carrier to new use - Shlomit Auciello - Rockland - Camden - Knox - VillageSoup Gazette:

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Giulio Verne Lays Power Cable Beneath the Hudson -

I was mystified by the strange ship 100 yards off shore at 56th street where I first spotted it, as I made the left off the Henry Hudson parkway.  The Times has identified the craft: the Giulio Verne, an Italian cable-laying ship. Owned by Prymian Powerlink, its specifications show it is 133 meters, 8,800 tons, and uses 15 - 20 tons of fuel per day when under way on the open sea.  It is inching its way to Edgewater New Jersey to connect the New Jersey power grid to New York's - to help wean the state from dependence on the Indian Point nuclear plant.  Powerbridge, LLC  is doing the job.  They also ran a cable from Sayreville, NJ to Levittown on Long Island - 65 miles.  Another project will bring power from Maine to Boston and south.
The Times article tells the story of the diver working below, and the excellent coffee and food served on the Italian ship.  Stop by when they get to Jersey - maybe they'll have a panettone left over from Christmas.  They'll surely have Illi espresso.  They can pick that up at Zabar's.
Crew Lays Power Cable Beneath the Hudson -
Update: I got some shots from 79th Street where the ship is moored now. HERE they are.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vinyl - George Vecsey

In which the great Times sports columnist George Vecsey marks his retirement and emergence as blogger: teaching his granddaughter about jazz. A favorite of his is Pharaoh Sanders - The Creator Has a Master Plan. Vinyl - George Vecsey:

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Who Has Fairest Lobster Trap Tree of All? -

Rockland's lobster trap tree
The Times reports that Jonesport's lobster trap tree has surpassed the one in Rockland!

New England Asks - Who Has Fairest Lobster Trap Tree of All? -

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40 years: from the Whitbread to the Volvo Ocean Race

The Whitbread round the world race became the Volvo Ocean Race 10 years ago.  It is the premier crewed ocean race.  Right now the boats are racing from Capetown to Abu Dhabi.  I guess everything follows the money.  Personally I liked the southern route: leave all the great capes to port.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pescadotes: Ship in Ice

Thanks to my wife I have a photograph from an original negative of Frank Hurley, photographer on the doomed antarctic voyage of the Endurance, led by Ernest Shackleton, who brought the men home after months on the ice.  Joe Warren's watercolor reminds me of the scene in Hurley's photograph.

Monday, December 12, 2011

100 years ago: Amundsen triumphs, Scott freezes

Roald Amundsen - the great Norwegian explorer and navigator took the short route to the south pole. He got there on December 14, 1911 - and back safely. Robert Falcon Scott - burdened by the weight of British science - knowledge, not adventure was the goal - did not get there and did not get back. This slideshow tells some of Scott's story, which is brilliantly told by law professor and historian of science Edward J. Larson, in his recent book “Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science".  John Wilford brings us up to date. - GWC
John Noble Wilford - New York Times - December 12, 2011

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VIDEO - Arctic Sea Ice 2011 Preliminary Minimum/

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2010 Spike in Greenland Ice Loss Lifted Bedrock, Implying "We’ll Experience Pulses of Extra Sea Level Rise” | ThinkProgress

2010 Spike in Greenland Ice Loss Lifted Bedrock, Implying "We’ll Experience Pulses of Extra Sea Level Rise” | ThinkProgress:
Ohio State University News Release
"An unusually hot melting season in 2010 accelerated ice loss in southern Greenland by 100 billion tons – and large portions of the island’s bedrock rose an additional quarter of an inch in response.
That’s the finding from a network of nearly 50 GPS stations planted along the Greenland coast to measure the bedrock’s natural response to the ever-diminishing weight of ice above it."

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S/V Iron Maiden

I found Iron Maiden at the dock in Ventura.  At 70 feet lwl/lod, 18.6 beam, 9 foot draft, she is what she claims to be on her website: an overbuilt reinforced steel explorer.  For details and lots of pictures go to the ship's website. A few of my pictures are below:

Sitting in Sitka:

Maggie has returned to New York and Richard and Issuma are sitting in limbo, making repairs as winter sets in on the edge of the Tongass National Rain Forest - Sitka Alaska. A town of about 10,000 on Baranof Island, it was colonized by Russians in 1799.  At 57 degrees north and 135 degrees west, I estimate it is an 800 mile run to Vancouver at 48 North, 123 West.  Alaska coastal winters are pretty moderate (in the 30's, now) but underway the windchill and the freezing spray counsel staying at the dock, making repairs. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Volvo Ocean Race | PUMA reach Cape Town after epic journey

The Times story on Puma  is great.  I didn't even know the Volvo race was starting.  The fate of one-time obsessions.  
Three boats of the six starters retired from the first leg (Spain to Cape Town).  Two were dismasted.  They expect to start leg II.  
NY Times Puma slide show HERE

from the Volvo Ocean Race website
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, who set off from Alicante with the rest of the fleet back on November 5, made it into the Cape Town port late on Tuesday night, 6 December.
The boat was lifted down from TEAM BREMEN, the container ship sent to pick them up, and the team motored her round to the shore base at around 1am for a raucous welcome from friends and well-wishers, whooping and cheering and wearing 'The Show Mast Go On' T-shirts, and more tender moments with family.Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | PUMA reach Cape Town after epic journey:

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Taisy's anniversary card

We went to Friendship for our 20th anniversary.  We didn't make it to the post office, so we didn't know of the anniversary card from Taisy.  I gave it to Marilyn to open, confident that the message inside would touch us both.  We were not disappointed.

Taisy's anniversary card - George Conk - Picasa Web Albums:

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