Thursday, November 28, 2013

Buzzards Bay - G 1 Can - Pescadotes

The latest from Joe Warren at Pescadotes. The tide rips in Buzzards Bay, throwing up a steep chop when the ebb meets the summer sea breeze.  Joe Warren captures that here.  My boat - a Buzzards Bay 14 - has 750 lbs. of lead at the bottom to push the 17 foot sloop through such a chop. - gwc

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Seamus Heaney's - Favorite Songs for a Desert Island

A week ago we went to Favorite Poems: In Tribute to Seamus Heaney, presented by the Irish Arts Center at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.  The evening began, as the crowd gathered, with songs the great poet said he would want to have with him if he were a castaway stranded on a desert island.  The original was broadcast in 1989 on BBC's Desert Island Discs.

Paul Brady – “Arthur McBrideThumbnail
Joe Heaney – “Roisin Dubh
Luke Kelly/Dubliners – “Raglan RoadThumbnail
Declan O’ Rourke – “GalileoThumbnail
Lisa Hannigan & the Chieftains – “My Lagan LoveThumbnail
The Wailin’ Jennys – “The Parting GlassThumbnail
McGarrigle Sisters – “Hard Times Come Again No MoreThumbnail
Paul Brady – “The Lakes of Ponchartrain
Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides NowThumbnail
Iarla O’Lionaird  – “Taimse Im’ ClodladhThumbnail
Cat Power – “The GreatestThumbnail
David Hammond – “My Aunt Jane” can't find it so try Ardboe HeritageThumbnail
Gillian Welch – “April 14th Part 1
Julie Feeney – “Just A Few Hours
The Cake Sale (Gary Lightbody & Lisa Hannigan) – “Some Surprise
Joe Heaney – “An Buinnean BullBuinneán Buí, An
Iris Dement – “Our TownCover of Infamous Angel
Cara Dillon & Paul Brady – “Streets of Derry

Readings from Favorite Poems in Tribute to Seamus Heaney
Intro: Gabriel Byrne IN A FIELD
2. Meghan O'Rourke, MID-TERM BREAK
4. Colette Bryce, A SOFA IN THE FORTIES
5. Conor O'Callaghan, CLEARANCES #4
6. Alice McDermott, ST KEVIN & THE BLACKBIRD
7. Bernard O'Donoghue, AT THE WELLHEAD
8. Marie Howe, from SEEING THINGS
9. Matthew Sweeney, THE TOLLUND MAN
10. Nick Laird, STATION ISLAND Sec VII 
11. Kevin Holohan, SINGING SCHOOL #4 SUMMER 1969
12.  Henri Cole, OYSTERS
13. Craig Morgan Teicher, SQUARINGS
15. Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, reading her own poem newly written for Seamus
16. Enda Walsh, CLEARANCES #3
17. Paul Muldoon, KEEPING GOING

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash |

Image Credit: Geograph /  Richard HumphreyGray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash | "July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. The sperm whale had plastic in its stomach, an increasing common phenomenon say researchers at the Biodiversity Centre Naturalis. In  March of this year, a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast. This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds. Most of this plastic consisted of transparent sheeting used to build greenhouses in Almeria and Grenada for the purpose of tomatoes for the European market. The rest was plastic bags, nine meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, two small flower pots, and a plastic spray canister. Cause of death was intestinal blockage."

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Farm fish are part of the overfishing problem - video

Why is fish farming part of the problem?  Because farmed fish eat harvested wild fish.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Classic Video: Fishing Boats Battle Grey River Bar During Flood | gCaptain ⚓ Maritime & Offshore News

Classic Video: Fishing Boats Battle Grey River Bar During Flood | gCaptain ⚓ Maritime & Offshore News:

Here’s a classic video showing fishing boats attempting to cross the Grey River bar during an epic flood. The bar, which located near the city of Greymouth on the northwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is notoriously dangerous during flood stages such as this, particularly for those fishing vessels forced to battle the white water in order to reach Greymouth’s port.
No word on if these guys eventually made it across.

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Mastering the Downeast accent

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stripers - not rumours of stripers

Stripers - today, just off shore in Jersey.  Brad Meehan and the boys hit 'em this warm, misty Sunday afternoon.  Norwegian jigs.

Monday, November 11, 2013


My mother and father are both Navy WWII Veterans.  They were both stationed in Norfolk, my mother as a communications officer, Dad as Executive Officer then Commanding Officer of SC1355 - a convoy escort ship.  Wishing them both good health and even longer life today, Veterans Day.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Yosemite Valley - sunset

Peter & Norma - on the road again

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Addictive Allure of the Steelhead’s Tug -

Fishing the lower Deschutes River for steelhead, 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon
The Addictive Allure of the Steelhead’s Tug -

by Chris Santella

 "They pass mammoth Bonneville Dam, the wind-sport mecca of Hood River, and leave the highway at the town of The Dalles, where a large railroad-tie treating facility abuts the highway. The pungent smell of creosote soon mixes with the sage of the high desert, and their anticipation heightens as they near the river. The summer steelhead run reaches its apex at that time, and few fish evoke such passion among devotees.

Few are more devoted than Dave Moskowitz.

Moskowitz, an environmental lawyer, first fished for steelhead — an oceangoing form of rainbow trout — on the Deschutes in 1987. “I was invited by some of my housemates to accompany them on their annual Deschutes fishing trip,” he recalled."...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fireboat John J. Harvey - fundraiser at India House

Fireboat John J. Harvey | Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook:
Fireboat John J. Harveybuilt: 1931, Todd Shipbuilding, NYC
length: 130 ft / 40 m
beam: 28 ft / 8.5 m
draft: 9 ft / 2.7 m
capable of pumping up to 18,000 gallons of water a minute
location: pier 66, NYC
The gala to help this vessel with funds for the Federal Save America’s Treasures Grant will be held tomorrow, monday night. More information and tickets here. It is a good opportunity to meet the volunteers who work hard to keep this fireboat running and pumping smoothly, after 82 years.
It will be held at India House, 6:30pm, 1 Hanover Square, NYC, NY 10004:

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Streamliners - Raymond Loewy

today Google marks Raymond Loewy's 120th birthday with this graphic - a drawing by the great designer who gave us streamlining.
Raymond Loewy's 120th Birthday

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lobster now in a 'gilded trap,' scientist believes

Friendship Harbor - one of the busiest in Maine
Lobster now in a 'gilded trap,' scientist believes:
from Working Waterfront
 "Bob Steneck, an ecosystems researcher at the University of Maine, introduced the idea that Maine's lobster industry is stuck in a gilded trap. A gilded trap is created when a group's actions to improve or increase something valuable instead increases the risks of a collapse, he said.

The collapse of the cod fishery in the 1970s "gilded" the lobster industry by wiping out one of the lobsters' main predators, teaching fishermen to be more careful and resulting in perfect conditions for an explosion of the lobster population, Steneck said. However, the fishing industry is now trapped because it relies so heavily on lobster, so if something happens to that species, like the outbreak of shell disease seen in Long Island Sound, the economic consequences will be severe, he explained."

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High tide at our place