Yesterday morning after filming the sunrise at Good Harbor I headed over to the harbor to film the Gloucester fleet’s comings and goings. The Theresa & Allyson was bound for port and what a beauty! She is a stern trawler, a type of dragger. You can read more about her owner, Allyson Jordan, and the boats origins here: Eat Local Fish. Also, found on the website is a concise history of New England ground fishing.
While filming, I am also photographing and plan to make more posts about our Gloucester fishing boats. I am not knowledgeable about ships and boats, but am very interested to learn, and love photographing them because they are beautiful. If I make an error in description or caption, please let me know. I would really appreciate your help–thank you!
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Posted on November 10, 2012 by admin
This week’s Nor’easter, packing wind gusts up to 50mph, swept a Gloucester fishing boat all the way across Massachusetts Bay. This morning, while driving down Jerusalem Road in Cohasset, I was surprised to see the boat was still there, so I took these pictures from the street (the vessel appears to be on private property, so I couldn’t get much closer). The location of this vessel is near the intersection of Jerusalem Road and Atlantic Ave. Evidently, the boat broke from its mooring in Gloucester’s Magnolia Harbor, which is just over 22 miles away!
Click photo below for full sized pics of The F/V David and Jenna from Boston Harbor Beacon
CAPE COD BAY, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a crewman from the Gloucester, Mass., based fishing vessel Grace Marie 10-miles north of Provincetown, Mass., Dec. 30, 2010.
Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a report from the Grace Marie captain that a 52-year old male had sustained an arm injury at approximately 11 p.m.
A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Provincetown and the 87-foot Patrol Boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man.
A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the man and transferred him to the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at 12 a.m.
The man was transported by the helicopter crew to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Paul Frontiero Photo-
This past June The Grace Marie Was Towed 178 By The Coast Guard as reported in this story
Paul Frontiero photo
BOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is towing the fishing vessel Grace Marie to Provincetown and plans to arrive around 6 p.m., today.
The Grace Marie, a 65-foot Gloucester-based fishing vessel, was reported to be adrift without engine power on the southeast section of Georges Bank.
The crew of the Escanaba responded to the Grace Marie 150 miles east of Nantucket, Mass., Wednesday June 09, 2010.
The Escanaba arrived on scene just before sunset and quickly took the fishing vessel in tow. The Escanaba plans to tow the Grace Marie about 178 miles to just north of Provincetown, Mass., where they will be relieved by the fishing vessel Christine Elani.
Once the tow is complete, it will have lasted around 21 hours through gale force winds.
The Escanaba is a 270- foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston.
A video slide show of a Gloucester fisherman, his crew, and his boat, FV Comet. The photos were taken by myself, Shelley Nugent, Skipper Darren Hart, and a crew member. I heard this song while on this trip fish’n with Darren, it inspired this video. The crew is gillnet fishing off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. I never tire of watching this, it’s beautiful. I spent a week working on this, trying to figure out programs and software. I enjoyed every minute of it. Please watch and enjoy.
Sal owns the Janaya and Joseph. He likes his fishing bumper stickers, that’s for sure. Sal’s also a pretty laid back cat. Always in a good mood when he stops by to say hi.
Sal Sanfilippo's Janaya and Joseph
Sal Sanfilippo's Janaya and Joseph
Here is the Testaverde’s Midnight Sun tied up at The State Fish Pier. Note the tarp over the net. You’ll find out why you see draggers with their nets covered by tarps in an upcoming video clip.
The wire that comes off the winch goes through this block and is attached to the doors which get lowered into the ocean as the cable wire gets let off of the winch spool.
Here is another page of the design plans for the Phil Bolger boat design 679. Note the small space that the boat can be built in. Susanne explained that the boat can be built in sections and then assembled piece by piece.
Click The Picture and select “all sizes” to view it full size.
Note that the cabin in the Robin Jean differs from the plan above in that it is pushed back toward the stern of the boat. The Phil Bolger design plan above which is a variation calls for the cabin to be pushed forward to allow for more deck space.
Suzanne Altenberger and Phil Bolger stopped down the dock a couple of days ago to talk about Phil’s boat design which came to life in the Robin Jean. What they told me was that the men that built the boat were not boat builders but by building it to the level of finish that it has been completed to was nothing short of heroic.
Weather you like the design or not is really a question of use and economy and how import they are to the individual. I won’t speak to the flaws that many fishermen continue to rant about in my office but of the things that Suzanne explained to me in a lenghty conversation that seem to make sense. Suzanne told me that similar boats equipped with a 60 hp engine would be capable of 20mph. That’s pretty impressive. She also spoke to the ease of construction from the design in which she claims ordinary men can build in a small space and that you don’t need to be a boat builder to build it due to it’s simple design. Whether you like the looks of the Robin Jean or not you can’t argue with the fact that a couple of men built it that were not boat builders and the finish is pretty damn nice.
The smallish deck space was an option as there are plans for the same boat with the cabin pushed forward which would allow for much more working space. I will post the plans for the same boat with a bigger deck later this week with the video.
Look for the video of Suzanne Altenberger giving us a detailed explanation of the plan later in the week. I appreciate her and Phil coming down to share first hand what she considers the pluses of the design. So the men who built this boat should be congratulated for building a boat from a set of plans who had never built a boat before. That’s quite an accomplishment! I wouldn’t step foot on a boat I ever built. To say that carpentry is my weak spot would be the understatement of the year. Kudos to them.
Phil Bolger Boat Design For The Robin Jean, originally uploaded by captjoe06.
Here’s a Short Clip Of Gloucester Dragger The Lady Jane and The Crew Who Fish Her-
Look for the Lady Jane video at 4PM today
When looking at the boat what I notice is that the deck of the boats is really deep, it seems lower than waterline. There are no scuppers that I can see. I wonder how they clean the deck and get the water and fish guts out? Also if it took on water from a rogue wave how would it clear itself of the water?
Interesting. There must be some type of system to clear the water. Maybe they rely on pumps to pump the water overboard.
From what I understand this is one of Phil Bolger’s efficient boat designs. It is currently tied up behind Cape Ann Marina.
Long and slender and tall like a banana. Old Phil being the master boatbuilder that he is must know what he is doing but I don’t know how this stays upright if it takes a sea to it’s side with a high center of gravity. I defer to the master boatbuilder though. He must know what he is doing after all these years.
Robin Jean- Phil Bolger Boat Design Pics By Paul Frontiero, originally uploaded by captjoe06.
FOB (friend of the blog) Paul Frontiero sends in this great pic of what looks like the Grace Marie running down a homie!
Ending the leased day at sea program and cutting our boats down to 18 days fishing per year does not sound very promising.
If you look under the black circular rollers you can see the net has been damaged. It’s hanging there in shards. Looks like the boys have a lot of mending to do. No fun, no fun at all. Sometimes a dragger will risk going over some rough or jagged rocky bottom to try and find some fish and the result is a damaged net. Sometimes it can pay big dividends, sometimes you an end up with huge tears in the net. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but there is definetly damage to repair here. Not exactly the best of weather to have to do this kind of work.
See this fisherman working on the net? He was hopping back and forth from the boat’s net reel back onto the dock. My knees would have been shaking like a leaf but he was just going back and forth like nothing. One little slip and he was going for an icy swim I’ll tell you that.
Working On A Dragger’s Net, originally uploaded by captjoe06.