Friday, January 24, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

NYC's maritime past at the Customs House, The Battery

The old Federal Customs House at the foot of Broadway is now the home of the New York branch of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  A beautiful collection that will be the subject of another post.  But the first thing that grabbed my attention is the entry hall - it's domed skylight ceiling ringed by murals of New York's maritime past.  From the Ambrose Light Ship at the entrance to the Ambrose channel into the harbor to tugs pushing ocean liners and freighters.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Progress on the Dublin Bay 24 at The Apprenticeshop

385 Cushing Road boundary markers

telephone pole on Cushing Rd.
monument found at telephone pole

monument at driveway

monument at riverbank


boundary at 10.7 feet flood tide

bench at riverbank

Lakecia Benjamin - March on, March on

Lakecia Benjamin - born and raised in Washington Heights!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cartoon characters on parade - TikTok

Friday, January 10, 2020

Overtaken by Frigid Seas, Hours From Help, There Was Little Chance of Survival - The New York Times

The Scandies Rose returned to Kodiak, Alaska, from a fishing trip in 2019.Two of the seven crewmembers were rescued by the Coast Guard off Sutwik Island, near the Alaska Peninsula.

Overtaken by Frigid Seas, Hours From Help, There Was Little Chance of Survival - The New York Times
by Mike Baker
As the 156 foot boat headed into stormy weather, the conditions were nothing the Scandies Rose could not handle — or had not handled before.
The captain was Gary Cobban Jr., from a well-known fishing family in Kodiak, Alaska. His son, David Cobban, was also in the crew. The other men who signed up to go — Brock Rainey, Seth Rousseau-Gano, Arthur Ganacias and Mr. Lawler — were also experienced fishermen.
Looking for a final crew member in the days before departure, Mr. Lawler had called Mr. Gribble, who traveled up from the Seattle area to join them. Mr. Gribble had also grown up in the world of fishing. Like the others, he knew the risks. During one of his first seasons, he and his father helped find the body of a fisherman who died in the Bering Sea in 2005 in the sinking of the Big Valley — a tragedy immortalized in the reality television series “Deadliest Catch.”
The efforts to make the industry safer, and to help preserve threatened fisheries in the Bering Sea, have included an overhaul of how many boats are licensed to fish. That has meant that there are now fewer ships at sea at any one time, leaving those who fish in the Alaska winter much more alone.

New Year: January in Maine

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

Maine finalizes right whale protection plan for lobster industry - Portland Press Herald

Lobster boats & gear in Boothbay Harbor, photo by Margaret Jones Perritt 2008

Lobstermen, like any small business owners - certainly like lawyers - grumble or more about any regulation that adds cost or hassle.​  To the great relief of the guys at our homeport - Brian's wharf, Hatchet Cove, Friendship, Maine - the Department of Marine Resources has recommended to the federal government a sensible compromise regarding of right whale protection.
Basically that changes of line will significantly affect only those who fish in deep waters.  We have only one boat in that class - the owners of the wharf whose 55 foot boat Harvester fishes far offshore. - gwc
Maine finalizes right whale protection plan for lobster industry - Portland Press Herald

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has finalized a proposal to protect endangered right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear that would reduce the number of buoy lines in deeper waters, but also give it the freedom to adopt alternative protections to keep those fishermen and regional fishing practices safe.
The heart of the state plan is similar to one panned by the lobster industry last fall – cutting the number of buoy lines that could entangle a whale by setting a minimum number of traps fished on each line and requiring the use of lines with weak points to help entangled whales break free.
***Keliher said the proposal focuses the whale protections on where right whales are most likely to be, and spares the large section of the Maine lobstering fleet that sets traps outside of the whale’s recently changing habitat. The whales follow the copepods it likes to eat, and the copepods are moving into deeper waters.

The bulk of Maine’s 5,000 state-licensed commercial lobstermen, or about 3,800 of them, would not be affected by the increasing trap counts on buoy lines, a practice known as trawling up, because they fish inside state waters, where trawling up is generally not required in Maine’s proposal.
About 1,200 have federal permits to fish in offshore waters, and most don’t fish there all year.
Maine’s proposed trawling-up requirements increase as a lobsterman sets traps farther from shore, including:
• Four traps per single-buoy trawl or eight traps per two-buoy trawl between 3 and 6 miles from shore.
• Eight traps per single-buoy trawl or 15 traps per two-buoy trawl between 6 miles and 12 miles from shore.
• 24 traps per two-buoy trawl from 12 miles from shore to the federal boundary, which varies across the state.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90 - The Boston Globe

As an eleven year old Dodger fan in Levittown, NY I was devastated when Don Larsen threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn team in the World Series.  Too young to appreciate the awesome achievement.

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90 - The Boston Globe