Author Archives: Paul Morrison

RUBBER DUCK ARMY ASSEMBLING ON THE ISLAND in a secret location. Homie is on sentry duty.

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88 Rubber Duck sisters form the Rubber Duck Army. We have a Navy. We have NERF guns. We know this island like the back of our rubber wing. You cannot hide. Because the secret to our success? We have way too much time on our hands. FREE RUBBER DUCK! FREE RUBBER DUCK!

Donna & Rick on the Eagle

Donna and Rick on the CG barque Eagle

Around 11AM today. The stern of the CG Eagle. About ten seconds after I took this someone starts hollering from above then Rick and Donna materialized on the stern. Rubber Duck’s big sister, RD got tossed into the drink by grand niece Alice but MOB drills paid off and man overboard was back onboard in less than 30 seconds.

Rubber Duck says, “Yeah, yeah, Schooner this, Schooner that …”

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It would be insane to miss any of the Schooner doings all weekend and RD has a plastic card she will carry so as not to miss one event but remember Cape Ann has other stuff going on. Rockport Farmer’s Market stop by Saturday at 9AM and get a jump on the weekend. Pick up Anadama, Abbott Honey, Sasquatch Smokehouse Salmon or mussels. Then go to Schooner festival but take thick slice of Anadama, butter, honey, add smoked mussels and stuff that in your face while watching the Schooners. Do it early so you have room for the lobster mania at Harbor loop later int he afternoon. Almost forgot the tomato jam stuff which sounds as weird as my above sandwich but it’s crazy good.

Yes, that was the Roseway doing doughnuts in the outer harbor.

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Roseway doing some doughnuts then exit stage right for a little practice.

A neat way to track some of the schooners coming to participate in the Schooner Festival this weekend. Go to MARINE TRAFFIC.COM and create a free account. Now you can make “My Fleet” and find some of the schooners. You can then see realtime where the schooner is. This only works for boats out there with AIS transponders so some have them, some don’t. If anyone comes up with a more inclusive way to follow the whole fleet before the Mayor’s Cup race post in the comments.

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Amistad is departing New London and heading this way!

“MARCIA WILL U BE MINE” Graffiti on Straitsmouth Island

marciawillubemineMonday August 25, freshly painted on the gap end of Straitsmouth Island.

“MARCIA WILL U BE MINE?”

Marcia, here’s a tip, dump this loser and tell him to go row out to Straitsmouth and remove his stupid message.

You could also name him so we could publicly ridicule him too. That would be fun. Is he the D-bag who spray painted “MOLLY” under the Keystone Bridge?

Your boyfriend with the low IQ should not be dating material.

“Oh My God, It’s a Rubber Duck!”

Let’s reel the tape back to 2004. The European Space Agency (ESA) shot a rocket off to land the spaceship Rosetta on a comet. Rosetta has been cruising since then, swinging past Mars and a few other planets to line up so when this comet swings by the sun on November 11, 2014 she will actually attempt to land on it! Here is where it gets weird. As it gets closer Rosetta has sent back photos of the comet. They are calling it a “contact binary” which means two comets collided very slowly a few billion years ago and stuck.

But on closer inspection the first ESA scientist to look at the photos said, “Oh My God It’s a Rubber Duck!”

See for yourself.

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A Rubber Duck the size of Cape Ann is slowly spinning through the universe ready to make a close encounter with our sun on November 11, 2014

I swear I am not making this up. Our own Rubber Duck is starting to act peculiar after I told her the news. I will be posting regular updates of the Close Encounter of a Rubber Duck as we get closer to the the actual contact on November 11. I will be interviewing EJ to find out if her higher beings have lost a bath toy.

 

[edit] Fun Fact. Rubber Duck rotates every 12.4 hours. So imagine a rock the size of Cape Ann (in diameter, dig the thing up and get a big ball), the head is Rockport, the body is Gloucester, the lips enclose Sandy Bay rotating in synch with the tides. Twice a day, jut like the tides the lips point towards earth and you can slip under the bridge without calling to raise it.

Blackburn Challenge This Saturday: July 19, 2014

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You can still race. Registration closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday July 15). Do you want to challenge yourself to something not quite ordinary? Jump in a craft powered only by the paddle or oar in your hands and head north from Gloucester High School down the Annisquam then start turning right until you went all the way around and pulled into Gloucester Harbor and aim for the Birdseye plant and the Greasy Pole Finish?

You get a T-Shirt proclaiming your completion as well as pulled pork, beer and a band at Pavilion Beach.

Rubber Duck will be on the halfway-point boat anchored in Straitsmouth Gap to record your number as you go by. Yell the number out since she has very small eyes and no ears.

Sign up now. No walk-ons. Or come out to a viewing area anywhere on the Cape. The times are similar to a marathon. Fast boats make it in two to three hours whereas working dories take five to six hours. Cheer them on.

Here is a handy map. You can check out the list of boats already registers. 245 boats of all kinds, over 370 paddlers or rowers. Click link on this page to see current list of registrants.

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The start which is just north of the MBTA Railroad Bridge on the Annisquam

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The finish is the Greasy Pole after a circumnavigation of the entire island. WOOT!

Blackburn Challenge Registration is Open!!!

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Click the emblem to register. It is so easy. Do not be put off by the scary registration form. This is the year you do it. Paddle all the way around Cape Ann with 300 other boats. Rubber Duck has done it five years in a row and although there are amusing videos of Paul exiting his kayak the 23 miles was fun. The cold beer and the pulled pork sandwich at the end was awesome.

Since Rubber Duck now has the Blue Duck with a 225HP Suzuki on the transom she may go around the Cape this year a little quicker than the last five. Yes, she may be wimping out this year. Does anyone want to take the real Rubber Duck on their kayak?

WTD? Part 5: Where The Duck?

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Where is the Rubber Duck?!? If no one gets it I will start leaving hints at 6PM.  Leave your guess in the comments and win a brand new GMG sticker and a hand blown Rubber Duck. In order to win, get specific. Judging is arbitrary and capricious. The winning answer will contain the most details. If you think someone nailed it, steal their answer, add a detail and pile on. Start with the state, … Is that a leaf fragment of quercus rubra with two needles from a pinus rigida? Clues!!

[edit1] OK, maybe shaved it down too much. David Tapley on Facebook says Falmouth. Nope.

Clue 1: Barnyard Animal

Clue 2: Oldtimers with good noses might get it first.

Clue 3: Anyone remember the pigs?

Clue 4: Who had pigs in Gloucester?

AP UPI BREAKING: SUBMARINE SQUALUS FOUND

75 years ago today:

AP BREAKING, MAY 23, AT 1930 PENACOOK REPORTS DETECTING A POSSIBLE TARGET WITH GRAPPLING HOOKS 243 FEET.

[UPDATE] AT 2145 THE USCG 409 ARRIVES ON SCENE, ON BOARD LIEUTENANT COMMANDER CHARLES B MOMSEM.

SEARCHLIGHTS DEPLOYED FROM SHIPS CIRCLING BUOY ATTACHED TO GRAPPLING HOOK FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT TO DETECT ANY SURVIVORS COMING TO THE SURFACE USING THE MOMSEM LUNG.

BREAKING NEWS 75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SQUALUS NOT REPORTING

AP BREAKING MAY 23, 1939: USN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD REPORTS SS-192 SARGO CLASS USN SUBMARINE SQUALUS COMM OVERDUE AFTER TEST DIVE OFF ISLE OF SHOALS: LAST COMM POS. 07400 42°53′N 70°37′W 13.3 MILES DUE NORTH ROCKPORT MASSACHUSETTS: 57 USN SAILORS, 2 ELECTRIC BOAT PERSONNEL ONBOARD.

SS-191 SARGO CLASS USN SUBMARINE SCULPIN DIVERTED FROM SHAKEDOWN CRUISE TO LAST KNOWN POSITION. 1040 SEARCH GRID COMMENCING.

[UPDATE 1046] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTING WATER DEPTH 243 FEET AT SEARCH GRID.

[UPDATE 1241] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTS RED SMOKE PROCEEDING TO THAT LOCATION. USN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD NOW REPORTS COMM FAILURE RULED OUT LIKELY SS-192 LOCATION 07400 42°53′N 70°37′W 243 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE. SMOKE BOMB IS MANUAL DEPLOYMENT INDICATING SURVIVORS.

[UPDATE 1305] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTS RADIOTELEPHONE BUOY MARKING SS-192. COMM POSITIVE FOR TWO MINUTES UNTIL CLEATED LINE TO SS-191 SCULPIN IS PARTED IN ROLLING SEAS. 500 FOOT COMM CABLE FALLS TO THE BOTTOM. INFORMATION TRANSFER: SURVIVORS, NUMBER UNKNOWN.

[UPDATE 1320] USS PENACOOK, USS WENDANK, GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT FISHING VESSELS DIVERTED TO LAST KNOWN LOCATION.

Rubber Duck Dreaming of Future Gin & Tonics With Lime

Rubber Duck is trying to convince Joey to buy a lime tree. Fragrant blossoms that turn into limes that are the tastiest limes for Bombay Gin and Schweppes Tonic. Or skip the tonic, just gin on ice and a nice fact wedge of lime ripened on the tree.

Rubber Duck is trying to convince Joey to buy a lime tree. Fragrant blossoms that turn into limes that are the tastiest limes for Bombay Gin and Schweppes Tonic. Or skip the tonic, just gin on ice and a nice fact wedge of lime ripened on the tree.


After spending the winter in the dusty old shop the lime tree is so happy to be outside in the fresh air and sun. A blast of fertilizer a few weeks ago and it is already cranking out the flowers for this summer’s gin & tonics, and pad thai.

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