Monthly Archives: May 2011

Places In Gloucester You’ve Probably Never Been-The Gear Room At The Gloucester Marine Railway

As part of my ongoing search to bring you places in Gloucester that you probably never had access to I present you the gear room in which the motor that pulls up to 200 tons of boat out of the water at the Marine Railways at The Gloucester Maritime heritage Center resides.

Look for the video tomorrow morning

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Gloucester and Rockport 50’s, 60’s Photo Series From Mark Holzman Part XV– East Gloucester

An Eastern Rigged Dragger Going Past The Road That Leads To The Paint Factory

marks old pictures 044Joe Testeverde Writes-

Just bit more info. on the ZEBU , she was a steel daul sided eastern rigged vessel (could shoot net from port as well starboard side if need be) from Boston that was converted to scalloping later in life. You will note absent any otter trawler doors on either sides and the booms coming off off the main mast that would haul aboard the scallop dredges up the side of the vessel (note large rusted area mid ship) then a hook would bring up the steel rig bag and dump on deck for sortting of scallops,shells, rocks. Also on the side of the piothouse are build outs of schucking houses as well as a buildout at the raised forcastle area.She could have ran as many as 12 men doing shifts of shecking and deck duties.

Brand Spanking New Dories

The new dories have been launched!  To get involved for a ridiculously little amount of money and have access to use these all summer log get in touch with the great folks at the International Dory Organization- http://www.internationaldories.com/index.html

Geno Mondello finished the dories and they were launched yesterday!

Membership is $60 for 1 year, and runs January to January. Membership includes use of committee dories, loaner equipment, and race and committee event invitations. To become a member, download the membership form here.

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Free Boat Launching At Dun Fugin For Passing Boats On Boaters Safety Day May 21st

Hi Joey, as you are aware Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having a Safe Boating Event on Saturday May 21, 2011, 9am to 3pm.

Included in this event is a courtesy motorboat examination performed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  This exam includes all safety equipment boaters are required to carry under Federal and State law.

The exams will be performed on the water at Solomon Jacobs Public Landing next to the station and also at Dun Fudgin Boat Ramp behind the high school.

For those people that pass the exam at the high school and display the decal they can launch their boats for free that day.

I would greatly appreciate you putting this on your site for people to see.

Thanks,

Jim Caulkett Harbormaster

Benefit for Hank Chick Friday May 20th

Benefit for Hank Chick

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Hank has suffered a heart attack and is in need of a quintuple by-pass. During pre-op testing for his heart condition they found a mass in his lung that has been diagnosed as Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Hank has been undergoing treatment for the past several months. He’s doing well, his spirits are high, and he’s determined to win this battle.
Hank is a lifelong Gloucester resident. He has a loving family, wife Marcia, 4 children, and 6 grandchildren. Hank is well known in Gloucester, he’s been a carpenter working for Bill Elwell for the past ten years, and he spent many years working on the waterfront as a carpenter before that.
Please come to the Crow’s Nest on Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:00 to join Hank and friends in an outpouring of love and support for him and his family as he battles his way through this formidable opponent.
There will be food, raffles, an auction, and music by
DJ Scottie Mac
Donations are greatly appreciated. Please call Susie Byrd @ 978-879-3889.
Auction items may be viewed on Facebook @ Fantasia Glass Art.

  1. Laura & Co. Hair Salon  $35.00 Gift Card
  2. Gloucester House Restaurant $25.00 Gift Card
  3. Blue Gate Gardens $25.00 Gift Card
  4. 6 lobsters from Mark Ring
  5. 6 lobsters from Anne Goodwin
  6. Jalapenos Gift Card $40.00
  7. Topside Grill & Pub $30.00 Gift Card
  8. Fisherman’s Outfitter T-Shirt  white1X
  9. Fisherman’s Outfitter T-Shirt black XL
  10. Mystery Train Record $25.00 Gift Card
  11. The Bookstore “DOGTOWN”
  12. Yankee Candle from Paula Decaro
  13. Yankee Candle from Paula Decaro
  14. Mark Adrian Shoes $25.00 Gift Card
  15. Leonardo’s Pizzeria $20.00 Gift Card
  16. Liquor Locker $20.00 Gift Card
  17. Alexandra’s Bread  $20.00 Gift Card
  18. Supremes Roast Beef $10.00 Gift Card
  19. Captain Bills Whale Watch 2 passes
  20. Papa Gino’s 4 large cheese pizza’s
  21. Gloucester Music $15.00 Gift Card
  22. Passports $20.00 Gift Card
  23. Alchemy Café & Bistro $30.00 Gift Card
  24. Palazolas  a blue and silver Football
  25. House of Mitch Gift Card
  26. Captain Carlos $25.00 Gift Card
  27. Delaneys pizza $25.00 Gift Card
  28. Delaneys Pizza $25.00 Gift Card
  29. MORE ITEMS TO COME

ITEMS FOR AUCTION

  1. Old Fashioned Wooden Lobster Pot ..Donated by Pete & Joe Mondelo
  2. Blowfish Handmade Glass Art Wind Chimes donated by Susie Byrd
  3. 10 Cases Frozen Bait (Herring) Donated by Dave Spence
  4. Handmade Fused Glass Art Pendant & Earrings donated by Susie Byrd
  5. Pingree School One Hour Ice Time donated by Dean Decoste
  6. Weber Q Portable Gas Grill  donated by Fosters
  7. Stained Glass Fairy Donated by Susie Byrd
  8. Country Garden Inn & Spa $75.00 towards a stay or spa services

9)MORE ITEMS TO COME

Time for a Science Lesson. There will be a Test

Time for a Science Lesson.

Just kidding! There won’t be a Test.

I’m guessing not many GMG Readers would be able to pass.

 

 

RUST!

 

From WIKIPEDIA;

“Oxidation of iron metal

When iron is in contact with water and oxygen, or other strong oxidants and/or acids, it rusts. If salt is present as, for example, in salt water, it tends to rust more quickly, as a result of the electro-chemical reactions. Iron metal is relatively unaffected by pure water or by dry oxygen. As with other metals, like aluminium, a tightly adhering oxide coating, a passivation layer, protects the bulk iron from further oxidation. Thus, the conversion of the passivating iron oxide layer to rust results from the combined action of two agents, usually oxygen and water. Other degrading solutions are sulfur dioxide in water and carbon dioxide in water. Under these corrosive conditions, iron hydroxide species are formed. Unlike iron oxides, the hydroxides do not adhere to the bulk metal. As they form and flake off from the surface, fresh iron is exposed, and the corrosion process continues until all of the iron is either consumed or all of the oxygen, water, carbon dioxide, or sulfur dioxide in the system are removed or consumed.[2]

Oxidation of iron metal

When iron is in contact with water and oxygen, or other strong oxidants and/or acids, it rusts. If salt is present as, for example, in salt water, it tends to rust more quickly, as a result of the electro-chemical reactions. Iron metal is relatively unaffected by pure water or by dry oxygen. As with other metals, like aluminium, a tightly adhering oxide coating, a passivation layer, protects the bulk iron from further oxidation. Thus, the conversion of the passivating iron oxide layer to rust results from the combined action of two agents, usually oxygen and water. Other degrading solutions are sulfur dioxide in water and carbon dioxide in water. Under these corrosive conditions, iron hydroxide species are formed. Unlike iron oxides, the hydroxides do not adhere to the bulk metal. As they form and flake off from the surface, fresh iron is exposed, and the corrosion process continues until all of the iron is either consumed or all of the oxygen, water, carbon dioxide, or sulfur dioxide in the system are removed or consumed.[2]

Free Health Services at Safe Boating Day at US Coast Guard Station in Gloucester Saturday May 21st

Here is CWO2 Luis Munoz at US Coast Guard Station Gloucester speaking about Boater’s Safety Day.

I’ve attended this event in the past and there really are some interesting things to see.  It’s not just for commercial fishermen, the entire public would enjoy the event and it’s free.  Iespecially encourage people to bring their children, they have some cool demonstrations.

On Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. free health screenings, vaccines, access to health insurance, overdose prevention training, safety resources and other educational materials will be provided by: Addison Gilbert Hospital Gloucester Family Health Center CAB Health & Recovery Services Gloucester Health Department and Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

This program will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, 14 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  There is no fee and all are welcome to attend.

For further information about the health fair, please contact Kathy Day at Gloucester Health Department 866-964-4604.

The free health fair is being held in conjunction with Safe Boating Day that will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The event is help to promote safe boating awareness through demonstrations and informational booths.

“The goal is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester.

The station will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations to include a live helicopter demonstration from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, MA, damage control simulations, live distress flare exercises, de-watering pump operation and live fire extinguisher demonstrations and flare demonstration.

Information on commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and its vessels, structured boating and paddling safety and various booth will be available to visitors.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be offering free vessel safety exams for recreational vessels at the boat launch, located by the Gloucester High School and at the Gloucester Harbor Masters dock for vessels not on trailers. If the inspection is conducted at the boat ramp, and the vessel passes the inspection by the examiner, the launch fee of $10. will be waived by the City of Gloucester.

Tour of the station and of the visiting U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island, a 110-foot patrol boat will be available to the public during the day’s event.  Partnering and businesses along with the Coast Guard will have booths set up throughout the station grounds to offer information on:

- VHF radio and digital selective calling/distress operation

- Salvage

- Medical information and Services

- Boating Under the Influence

- Commercial vessels

- Kayaking safety

- Cold water survival

- Fire extinguishers and operation

Representatives include:  U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, State of MA Marine Environmental Protection, Commercial fishing safety representatives, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association, Gloucester Fire Department, Gloucester Harbor Master, Gloucester Police Department, REI, Seatronics and North Shore Fire.

Parking for these events are available at the lot adjacent to the Building Center and on Harbor Loop.

For more information about the Safe Boating Day Events, please contact Adam Smart at 978-283-0705.