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Friday, December 28, 2007

Landing Craft

There's an interesting boat working out of Hither Creek, Madaket. She's an aluminum landing craft powered by a 225 hp Yamaha outboard motor. She's being used to ferry building supplies and workers out to Esther's Island where there is work being done on a house out there. Here are a few pictures I took of her today-





Nobody likes to break down out there scalloping but it does happen. There is always a fellow scalloper close by ready and willing to tow you in-


Nice day today. It felt more like Spring as the temperature almost made it to fifty degrees! Here's the Shearwater heading out on a seal cruise today-


And Bernie steaming home from the scallop grounds-


The Ruthie B. held fast to the dock. She hasn't made a trip in a long long time-


If you are into bird watching, a good place to check out this time of the year is the Boat Basin. There is always a good variety of sea ducks to look at. When I was there late this afternoon, there was an Eider-


and a Merganser among several other species of birds-

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Still Harbor

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Calm today out on the water. Not even a ripple. I took the above video clip while scalloping this morning and a few pictures-


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Nice morning out scalloping this morning. Only a few guys went scalloping today. I had the whole harbor to myself, just the way I like it.

Christmas sunrise-


My ride-along looking for a free meal-


The Miss China under a waning moon-

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Low Tide

Very low tides lately. This guy was getting his limit of scallops in no time-



Low tide at Monomoy. Notice the eelgrass beds exposed-


The wreck, Sargent, is still there off the beach at Monomoy and is still a severe threat to navigation-


A very peaceful waterfront-


Only a handful of vessels round this lighthouse during this time of the year-

Friday, December 21, 2007

Heading Out/Heading In

I Grabbed a few shots of scallopers heading out and heading in the other day.



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Early Morning On The Harbor

Very dark these days heading out to the scalloping grounds. It was a beautiful and calm morning this morning. I grabbed a few shots on the way out.

The SSA Eagle-


The Coast Guard Station-


Brant Point Lighthouse decked out for Christmas-


The Miss China dead ahead!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Cold!

Cold day today. Around eight guys went out scalloping. An area opened up due to the high wind of yesterday and they got their limits in short order.

Carl Sjolund unloading his limit early this morning-




The western rigged scallopers (and one dragger) were still tied to the east face of Straight Wharf today waiting for the wind to lay down-


The sun sets very early this time of the year-


My hosting site is no longer able to provide full-sized pictures on the header at the top of the page for some unknown reason. I'm hoping this will be resolved in the future. This was the picture I was going to use for this week titled "Scalloping on a cold and grey December harbor"-

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Stormy Sunday

Very stormy around the waterfront today. I ventured out and grabbed a few shots.

A few fishing boats came in at some point last night. It was the usual suspects and a few I have not seen here before-



Storm warning flying at the Brant Point Coast Guard Station-


Click here for an explanation of Coast Guard warning flags


The Miss China holding her own-


This little scallop boat almost sunk at the dock. The owners were contacted and she was saved-
Postscript: There is a problem uploading the new picture of the week at the top of the page. I'm hoping this will be corrected in the near future.

Monday, December 10, 2007

12/10/2007

Very quiet around the waterfront lately. I spied a barge and crane in the north slip of the Steamship Authority today. Not sure what work is being done there. Perhaps they are going to fix the dolphin which has been leaning over for so many years.

The big steel western rigged sea scalloper, Predator, was in for a short stay last week. Her crew was repairing one of her dredges-



The Boat Basin is quiet and empty this time of the year-


Brant Point Light and a calm harbor-


It's very dark early in the morning this time of the year. Here's a shot from my boat while I was preparing to make my first tow of the day. The lights of town can be seen in the background-

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Scallop Boat Sold



Angus Macvicar's scallop boat advertised here recently has been sold.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rafted Up

The temp was too cold to go scalloping early this morning. We spent the morning rafted up to each other waiting for the red flag at the Marine Department to go down. Christy Bassett from the Dockmaster's Office made us all coffee as we were hanging around the fuel dock. Thanks Christy!
The red flag was finally lowered a little after 10am and we were able to go out scalloping.
Here are a few scenes from today as we were waiting-