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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Testing out a new feature

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Trying out a new video feature. Let me know in the comments section how it is working.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quiet & Still Waterfront

It was glassy calm and quiet around the waterfront early this morning. I grabbed a few shots.

Looking out over the mooring field from the docks-



Toscana's new barge and tug, "Bucky" unloading aggregate at the Steamship dock-



The end of Old North Wharf is always an interesting place to visit in the early morning especially at low tide. There is always good bird watching there if you are into that kind of thing.

A pair of Cormorants drying their wings along with a small gull I cannot identify. Can anyone assist?


And a Great Egret fishing for it's breakfast in the shallows-


Looking over towards Easy Street-


The exposed rocks at low tide at Old North Wharf-



And finally, two cats enjoying the early morning sunshine at George Andrew's scallop shanty-


Postscript:
I learned of a bit of sad news this afternoon. Gus was put to sleep this week. Gus was a fixture around the waterfront for almost 16 years. He went scalloping with his owner, Douglas "Smitty" Smith. Gus was a good dog. He will be missed around the docks and waterfront.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Quiet Waterfront

It is VERY quiet around the waterfront now. Much quieter than last year at this time. The Boat Basin is almost empty as well as the mooring field. I'm thinking that people are finally starting to realize that it's just too expensive to come here anymore. I hate to think what next season will look like. If establishments don't start lowering their prices, people are not going to come here in the future.

In any event, there is still a little activity around the docks. I witnessed a beautiful old boat motor into the harbor last week. Her name is Coastal Queen. Captain Tobey Leske e-mailed me with a bit of info on the old girl. She was built in 1928 and operated as an "Oyster Catcher" on the Chesapeake. Basically a buy-boat for the Skipjacks that dredged for oysters. Converted to a yacht in 1959. Thanks for the info, Tobey.

Here is a series of shots I took of the Coastal Queen. Notice her plumb bow in the first picture-





You can click on any picture to enlarge for a better look.

The conch guys are back up-and-running again after taking the month of August off. Here is Matt Herr and his mate, Joe Dooley loading pots onto Matt's boat, the Jean Marie at Children's Beach-


Here is Steve Walker and mate sailing in the main channel. Is that an Ottison boat? Sure looks like one to me-


And finally, Here is the 26' General Marine, Robin B coming back into the harbor with Scott Bowman at the helm-