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Thursday, January 11, 2007

F/V Regulus

At some point during the night last night, a big western rigged stern trawler came in and tied up at Straight Wharf. I went down and had a look at her this morning. Her name is Regulus. Her homeport is Stonington, CT. This is one impressive ship! I figure she's around 90 feet. Don't let the net reel in her stern fool you. She's currently being used for sea scalloping. The owners of the boat run a tight ship. Nothing on her deck was out of order. Everything was neatly in it's place. These are all signs of a highliner. Here's a picture of her two 14' wide dredges-

And here's another shot of her-

I went down late this afternoon to have another look but she was long gone. If you look closely at the first picture, You will see a crown and a star on her bow. The name Regulus is Latin for little king. It is also the name of the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Just above the waterline there is some sort of insignia I have never seen on a boat before. Does anyone know what that stands for? If you do, please leave a comment in the comment section.

The Trunfo went back out sea scalloping late this morning. The Ruthie B is still here. They were doing gear work on her today.

Nobody was able to go bay scalloping today. The temperature never made it to 28 degrees before 10 am. The law is if the temp doesn't make it to 28 degrees by 10 am, nobody is allowed to go out and scallop. Salt water freezes at 28 degrees. The theory is if you bring up scallops from the water into the 28 degree air, the seed scallops would freeze and die. I think most of the guys welcomed the day off from their daily grind. Tomorrow they'll be right back at it as the temp is forecasted to be in the fifties.

A tug and barge loaded with gravel for Glowacki arrived last night and tied up at Steamboat Wharf.

And finally, check out the new weather forecast links I added in the sidebar. ------>


Anonymous said...

I think it's some kind of Plimsoll Mark - which would indicate when the boat is overloaded.

Tom McGlinn

Anonymous said...

I believe it is a form of the Plimsoll Line which is used to make sure the vessel is properly loaded, and not over-loaded. Most Plimsoll lines have five lines; Tropical fresh water, Tropical sea water, Summer sea water, Winter sea water, and North Atlantic sea water. I suspect this variation is probably just showing summer sea water and winter sea water.....T

Martie said...

Thanks for the replies, guys. Sounds like it is a Plimsoll line. You learn something new here every day!

Anonymous said...

It indicates that tere is a bulbuous bw, or a sonar dome there.

Joe said...

Martie, I appreciate your comments on the Regulus.As the owner of the vessel, and not being on that trip, it's good to know the crew maintain a good standard when I'm not around.We hail out of Stonington and if you are ever there, I invite you to be my guest on board the we can talk fishing. By the way, the symbol on the side is the international symbol for a bulbous bow. Hope you are having a good season and all the best in '09.Joe