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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Takin' A Break

Folks, I'm taking a break from the blog for a couple of days. Check back in Monday evening for a new entry. Thanks for reading.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Quiet Waterfront

The above picture was taken yesterday after the snowfall.

It has been very quiet around the waterfront the past few days. There has been no sea scallopers or draggers in at the docks to report on for quite a long time. Hopefully a few will come in here this weekend during the blow we are anticipating.

When I was out in Madaket the other day, I took a picture of a guy who has been bay scalloping for about 50 years! His boat is one of only a few wooden boats used in the fleet. It used to be an inboard. He's 70 years old and still going strong. Here's the picture-

No work was done at the Children's Beach boat ramp today. Not sure why they took the day off. Here's another view of the cofferdam under construction-

Eight guys (and one girl) went bay scalloping today. The only girl in the fleet used to go on other boats as a culler. She finally broke out on her own and rigged up her own boat. She's been fishing for a couple of years now and is doing very well.

If any of you off-island readers (or anyone else for that matter) to the blog want a particular picture of the waterfront posted here, let me know what you would like to see and I'll do my best to get the picture and post it to the blog. Leave an idea for a picture in the comments section.

Looks like a very cold week ahead.

Today's High & Low Temps.
High 44.3
Low 33.8

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Snowy Waterfront

It snowed for a short time this afternoon. Here are a few pictures I took of a snowy waterfront-

The usual suspects went out bay scalloping today. I counted around 10 or 11 out on the water. The fishermen are getting between two and three bushels of scallops a day. The price paid to them is still holding at $17 per pound which is a record high.

The Ruthie B. is still tied to the dock. I'm not sure why they are not fishing during these few windless days we've been having.

The Children's Beach boat ramp project is going much faster now. They were almost able to complete the cofferdam today. Here's a picture I took late this afternoon of the nearly completed dam-

It'll be interesting to see the area pumped out after the dam is completed.

Today's High & Low Temps.
High 39.7
Low 20.2

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

No text today, just a slideshow I put together of pictures I took at the waterfront today. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Trip Out To Madaket

I took a trip out to the Madaket waterfront this morning. Here's a few pictures I took-

Then I made my way out to Folgers Marsh and grabbed a shot of this male Hooded Merganser with his hood up-

And finally out to a frozen Sesachacha Pond. Notice the old gunning camp on the shore in the background-

Another day off for the bay scallopers. Hopefully they will be able to get out fishing tomorrow or else they will go stir crazy. The Ruthie B is still tied to the dock. I was thinking she would have made a trip today seeing that the wind laid down a little overnight.

Looks like we are scheduled to receive our first snowfall of the winter tomorrow. Should make for some interesting waterfront pictures.

I saw an Old Squaw (duck) in the Boat Basin this morning. I have never seen one in there before.

Today's High & Low Temps.
High 32.7
Low 18.7

That is all for today.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Rough Waterfront

It was a rough day around the waterfront today. I took the above picture this morning from Jetties Beach looking west. There is still some ice in the harbor especially around the south part towards the creeks and up in the head of the harbour. Here's what the ice field looked like today in the head of the harbor-

Nobody was able to go out bay scalloping today. The temperature never made it up to 28 degrees by 10 am. Right after 10 it went up to 30-34 and held there for the rest of the day. Another day off for the fishermen. These guys are itching to get back out on the water and resume fishing.

No draggers or sea scallopers were here today with the exception of the Ruthie B. Not sure when she'll be able to get back out again and make a trip. Seems she's only making one trip per month, if that.

Work resumed down at the new Children's Beach boat ramp today. They had to raise the platform on the beach that the crane, Mantis, was using. The platform they built last week was underwater this morning. I talked to Dave Fronzuto this afternoon and he said they are right on schedule with the project.

AGM Marine is busy rebuilding the bulkhead in front of the White Elephant. And the GHYC (Great Harbor Yacht Club) project is moving right along.

One of my daily stops around the waterfront is Brant Point. Here's a shot of the Brant Point Coast Guard dog you've all seen wandering around down at the station-

I've always wondered what they named him. Does anyone know?

Here's a shot of the lighthouse taken during the fading afternoon sunlight-

Today's High & Low Temps.
High 33.8
Low 23.5