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Tag Archives: Eastern Point
This was a large flock of unidentified birds flying out to sea past Eastern Point. I counted 400, until I lost my place and didn’t want to go back and start over again. Anyone with nothing better to do want to try counting them? And does anyone have any idea what they might be?
I can’t express how much I love living here. Gloucester is just too beautiful for words. So here are a few photos to make the point.
I went for a walk with Brenda Malloy out beyond the Retreat House to the place we call “Evelyn’s Point”, where Evelyn Howe died. During the walk we encountered some very strange things that neither of us had ever seen before. From a distance, the tidal pool looked like it was ringed with dried salt, but on closer inspection, it was some kind of white fiberous stuff. We also found pure white crab and lobster shells. And then there was the large cityscape looking thing on the horizon again, different from what I saw the other day – larger and more defined, and definitely not a cloud formation. Charlie Carroll said he thought what I saw the other day was a mirage. I don’t know what this is. Does anyone have any ideas, or have you seen any of these things before? I think we’re being invaded by UFO’s.
UPDATE: I think I’ve discovered what the UFO is. It is actually an IFO (identified floating object), the Excelerate Northeast Gateway Floating LNG Terminal, which you normally can’t see from here unless the visibility conditions are just right, or maybe as Charlie Carroll said, we are seeing its mirage. We sailed past it last summer on Tom Robinson-Cox’s Triad, and the thing was masssive.
The Excelerate Northeast Gateway deepwater port is a ship that is three football fields long, a football field wide, with its own helicopter landing pad, and carries enough natural gas to heat 21,000 average New England homes for a year. It cost $250 million, weighs 200 million pounds, and is powered by 36,000 horsepower worth of engines that drive the ship and warm liquid gas to vapor — and can also produce electricity equivalent to the demand of 11,000 homes.
Northeast Gateway is said to be as environmentally friendly and have the minimum environmental footprint possible, through technologies that recover waste heat, function like a catalytic converter removing pollutants from exhaust, and virtually eliminate the need for using sea water in the vaporization process.
I still wonder what is causing those white crab and lobster shells and very sickly looking tidal pool.
Here is a great photo of the Excelerate taken by Donna Ardizzoni from Manchester, all lit up and more clearly visible as what it is.
Niles Pond is beautiful any time of year, but is particularly lovely in the fall with the swans gracing it.
I don’t know what this was – strange cloud formation, LNG tanker explosion, skyscrapers erected overnight in Quincy, a giant sea serpent – but it created a very different look to the horizon this morning from Eastern Point.
This morning’s fog was incredibly beautiful, but the most magical scene was a complete fog bow I encountered walking over to Eastern Point. I have seen hints of them before – the start or end of one, but never a complete and clearly visible one. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. If there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – I wonder what awaits one at the end of a fog bow. Fog bows are also called white rainbows and sometimes are called sea dogs by mariners.
Took a beautiful walk out Eastern Point this morning with Bernadine Young. The fog gives everything such an ethereal look.
BTW, Bernadine has her incredibly beautiful home on the market, if anyone is looking for something really special. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27-Highland-St-Gloucester-MA-01930/56041316_zpid/
Christopher Lewis submits-
Two photos attached. The first is "Red Roof" on Eastern Point taken from the "Ardelle in 2012." This was the home of A. Piatt Andrew – for whom the Route 128 bridge is named. He was an under secretary of the Treasury. Red Roof was demolished on December 14, 2012. The second photo is of "Red Roof Redux," the new house, taken from the "Thomas Lannon" on Sunday. The wing to the left and the stone work in front of the house were retained.
Seals enjoying a morning bask in the sun on the rocks at Brace Cove. Seagulls enjoying a morning meal of dead seal on the Niles Beach side of Eastern Point.
Fred Bodin post for Marsha (last name withheld)
This Jacket and Jim McCoy Saved My Life
On December 19th, 2012, Gloucester resident Marsha (last name withheld) walked out to the end of Dog Bar Breakwater on Eastern Point on a fairly calm day at low tide. On the return trip, a wave soaked her ankles, the next one her calfs, and the third wave was a wall of water which tossed her 30 feet into Gloucester Harbor. Marsha went under, but was buoyed to the surface by her goose-down waterproof parka (not a USCG certified PFD). She swam back to the breakwater, and used her rock climbing skills to get up onto the first ledge. That was about all she could do. Hypothermia was setting in. Miraculously, birder Jim McCoy spotted her, maneuvered her to the top of the Dog Bar, and into his car. He immediately drove her to Addison Gilbert Hospital for treatment. Marsha told me this incredible story, while wearing the jacket that saved her life.
The Jacket: This helped save Marsha’s life two months ago. No, I won’t tell you who made it, because it’s not a float coat USCG approved flotation device.
The Breakwater: This is what almost took Marsha’s life. A lobsterman told her that that a storm from 3 or 4 days ago can deliver big waves, sometimes arriving underwater, until reaching shore. EJ’s photo wasn’t taken on a crazy stormy day. Watch yourself.
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Fred Bodin writes-
I’m very familiar with Niles Pond, having spent five wonderful winters on Eastern Point. I hope the ocean’s onslaught can be stopped. It might be helpful for GMG readers to see how thin the barrier to the ocean is, how the pond abuts a road and homes with no protection from waves, should they come charging in, and how little real estate is between Niles Pond and Gloucester Harbor. Can you imagine the tip of Eastern Point becoming an island?
Eastern Point is the southern half of the peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern side of Gloucester Harbor. Without the peninsula, there would be no harbor. Eastern Point is about a mile and a half long and stretches from just north of Niles Beach to the Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater, which are located at its southern tip.
The history of Eastern Point is both the history of shipwrecks and efforts to reduce their number and a history of the privileged class which settled and developed Eastern Point. Both facets of Eastern Point’s history are covered in detail by Joseph E. Garland’s excellent book, Eastern Point ( Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions 1999).
In 1728, during the heyday of the Commons Settlement in the Dogtown section of Gloucester, fifteen families lived on Eastern Point. After the Revolution, Daniel Rogers, a forebear of Joseph Garland, owned a large farm that took up most of Eastern Point. In 1844, Thomas Niles acquired this 450 acre farm, and in 1859, the “irascible” Niles, as Garland characterized him, won a state Supreme Court ruling barring the public from access to most of Eastern Point. This helped create a mystique of exclusivity for Eastern Point, which even modern visitors can feel as they drive through two gates to reach the lighthouse.
Development of Eastern Point as a vacation spot for the wealthy began in 1887, with the sale of the Niles farm to the Eastern Point Associates. The next year, construction began on what would eventually be eleven “cottages”, many of which can easily be seen today. The magnificence of the interior of these dwellings can also be experienced today by visiting “Beauport,” a 40 room house on Eastern Point designed and built by Henry Sleeper from 1907 to 1934. “ Beauport” is open to the public and operated by Historic New England, formerly The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. In 1892, the Eastern Point Associates went bankrupt, primarily because they could not provide an infrastructure on Eastern Point for the homes they were building. Perhaps the peak of Eastern Point’s caché as a vacation spot came in 1904 with the construction near Niles Beach of the Colonial Arms, a six story 300 room luxury hotel, which unfortunately burned down in 1908.
During the summer while I am on Rocky Neck, walking Eastern Point is something I do often. It is a small area packed with so many lovely and interesting things to see. This montage only begins to touch them.
On Eastern Point there is a lovely stately home called Three Waters, so named because from the property the inhabitants can view the three separate waters of Gloucester Harbor, Niles Pond and Brace Cove.
One night recently I had a rare sleepless night during which the words “three waters” kept running across my mind like a broken record. Muses can be very persistent and annoying sometimes. When I got up the next morning, I spent the day creating this montage called “Three Waters”, using 22 different photo layers. I have slept just fine since.