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.
Monday 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.
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.
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.
 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.
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.
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?
She then worked that photo into a magazine cover. That seagull’s name is Clotilde but I think Homie can model just as well as Clotilde can.
[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?
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.
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.
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.
Rubber Duck loves her gadgets and she wanted to know what was underneath her rubber butt. Rocks or maybe something fishy worth eating? So she just installed a Lowrance Elite 7 HDI in the Blue Duck.
Price point in the mid range for a depth gauge, fish finder, Chart and GPS display. In 2014 it is amazing what these things can do for short money. Double the price and you can get side scan which will show inside the wheel house of the sunken wreck in 200 feet of water. Maybe in a few years we trade up.
So what does this unit do? In the display from left to right. First the overlay numbers gives 23 feet of water under the boat, the river is 45.3 F temp at the transducer mounted on the transom, and Blue Duck is putting along at 5.1 knots. The left most screen shows the track moving south past Wheeler Point. I haven’t loaded the Navionics “Gold” charts which will will give even higher chart resolution. The base map is pretty good though. All 53 green and red channel markers on the river are there if I forget how to stay in a channel. The middle screen is the “Fish Finder” sonar which in deeper water might show some fish “arches” when it sees an air bladder of a fish. The rightmost panel shows “Down Scan” sonar which displays a pretty remarkable view of the bottom. In the current view there is a bump in the bottom as we travelled from 20 to 25 feet deep. One can waypoint mark that bump by just moving the cursor back to the bump. Then by driving back and forth the bump is still there! It will be interesting to see how it displays a feature in 200 feet of water.
All in all a nice unit. It is dead simple to switch screens to all chart, or split two of the views. Disconnects easily for safe keeping. I spent the winter looking at the myriad possibilities and settled on this one for ease of use and features. This model has been out over a year so the bugs are all squashed and the software is version 3.0 (I hate version 1.00 in any software.) The real compass on the console still works and the paper charts are within reach but I might be able to retire the sextant and throw away the Loran C charts. (Do they even broadcast Loran anymore?)
-Paul Morrison and RD (RD will hire out to string transducer wire. She thought it was fun.)