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Friday, September 28, 2007

Miss China

There is a new addition to the liveaboard fleet here in the harbor. Captain Blair Perkins towed the wooden boat, Miss China, over from Hyannis last night with his boat, the Shearwater. I believe the Miss China is around 75-80 feet in length. Here's a couple of pictures of Miss China I grabbed today-

I spotted this rig tied up at the Boat Basin yesterday. She is propelled by a small electric motor. She must do all of 1 or 2 knots wide open-

I hardly ever see a bird around the waterfront known as a Kingfisher. I might be lucky enough to spot one or two a year. Today I saw one out at Hither Crick. They are very skittish thus difficult to photograph. The only way I was able to get this shot was to set my camera on full zoom as the bird was perched far away on a catboat mast-

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mega Yacht Intuition II/26' Fortier

The mega yacht, Intuition 2 arrived here late yesterday afternoon and tied up at the east face of Commercial Wharf. The Intuition II is a 1974 195 ft 59m Amels. She is the former Dutch pilot ship Spica converted in 1999. I believe her sister ship is Elanymor. I was able to go see her yesterday. She's quite an impressive ship-

If you are a fan of Fortier Boats, there was a nice old 26' from Falmouth tied up at Old South Wharf over the weekend. I can only imagine how many bass she has caught so far in her career!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

(OT) New Beige/Fairhaven Trip (OT)

Took a trip down to New Bedford this weekend to check out the Working
Waterfront Festival.
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Had a great time and saw a lot of interesting
things while I was there.
I was granted access to the Fairhaven Shipyard by a nice old man that
worked there. Here are some shots I took.
There were 8 or 9 big Western Rigged trawlers hauled out and on the
hard in the yard. Here's what they look like out of the water. In this
picture, I had my brother, Richard stand next to the hull to give you
an idea just how big these boats are-

There's about 14-16 feet of boat below the waterline!

Here are a few more hauled out in the yard-

are three big sea scallopers owned by the same company. Two western
rigged and one eastern rigged (in the middle) tied up at the shipyard-
a shot of a brand new western rigged the Fairhaven Shipyard just
finished building. It took them a year to complete. Her name is
Elizabeth. Her engine and listers are installed. The only thing left to
be done is for her to be rigged. Check out her bow thruster. I believe
she's the only fishing boat in New Bedford to have one-
a look at her prop. Notice it's enclosed in a Kort Nozzle. This is to
prevent the net or anything else from fouling the wheel. Those are sacrificial zincs bolted to the rudder and kort nozzle.-

I was at the Working Waterfront Festival in New Beige, I grabbed a
video clip of a contestant in the sea scallop shucking contest

I was able to attend a presentation by Johnathan Hillstrand and Phil
Harris, both captains of the Alaskan crabbers, Time Bandit and Cornelia Marie
from the television series, Deadliest Catch. Here's a short clip I took
from their interview-