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17 Abandon HMS Bounty off N.C. coast

The HMS Bounty which was the feature ship in Gloucester’s Schooner Festival Last Summer was taking on water out at sea and it’s 17 person crew just abandoned ship.

Uhmmm does this not beg the question-

“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING OUT TO SEA ON THIS BOAT WHEN THEY’VE BEEN FORCASTING THIS STORM FOR OVER A WEEK?”

Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!

17 abandon stricken ship off N.C. coast

By NBC News staff

Seventeen people aboard a replica of the HMS Bounty abandoned ship early Monday while stranded at sea off the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.

"The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The ship issued a distress signal late Sunday and was taking on water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The owner of the 180-foot, three mast ship — which was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty" — lost communication with the crew and alerted the Coast Guard to the situation.

Here she is when she arrived in Gloucester Last Summer-

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UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress 160 miles from hurricane’s center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has received word that the crew of the HMS Bounty has abandoned ship approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and assess the weather conditions to determine the soonest Coast Guard aircraft or surface assets can be on scene to conduct effective rescue operations.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and reestablished communications with the Bounty’s crew.
The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion.  On scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

More Pictures of the HMS Bounty In Gloucester Last Summer-

Gloucester Welcomes HMS BOUNTY

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Marty Luster


HMS Bounty coming to the Gloucester Schooner Festival

Len Burgess Submits-

September 1st & 2nd.

HMS Bounty…at one with the sea…global voyager…movie star…dedicated to preserving the fine art of square-rigged sailing.

      The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.

 

Video- Coast Guard medevacs 60-year-old man southeast of Gloucester

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 60-year-old man from a charter vessel 19 miles southeast of Gloucester, Mass., Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston command center received a call at 12:16 p.m. from the 75-foot charter vessel Yankee Clipper, reporting that a 60-year old man aboard was experiencing chest pains.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Station Gloucester 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew immediately launched to assist.

The man was safely hoisted from the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to the helicopter and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

"Helicopters provide the Coast Guard the capability to assist mariners in urgent need of medical care in a prompt, timely and effective manner," said Lt. j.g. Jared Carbajal, Public Affairs Officer at  Air Station Cape Cod.

Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker, requests public assistance

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BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker after a red kayak was located in the Annisquam River south of Wingaersheek Beach, Mass., Tuesday.

A good Samaritan located the kayak near the mouth of the Mill River at approximately 3 p.m. and notified the Coast Guard.

The kayak is a Field and Stream model and has a serial number of XLJ95913C111.

A Coast Guard Station Gloucester 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew is currently searching the area.

"We aren’t sure if the kayak simply broke free from a mooring or if there’s someone really missing," said Ens. Michael Barker, the command duty officer at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center. "Along with sending out a search crew, we are asking the public to let us know if they have any information regarding the owner of the kayak."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5757.

The Coast Guard recommends kayakers and other paddlers place a Paddle Smart sticker with their name and phone numbers where rescuers may reach them or a friend or relative in the event their kayak is found. Paddlers and kayakers can also use a waterproof, permanent marker to write the information on their craft.

Coast Guard Update: U.S. Coast Guard crew search for missing girl near Rockport, Mass

U.S. Coast Guard crew search for missing girl near Rockport, Mass.

BOSTON —U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing three year-old girl near Rockport, Mass.,Thursday.

Coast Guard crews are working with local authorities to locate the missing girl.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received notification that the girl went missing near Long Beach at 12:50 p.m.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Gloucester,a 49-foot rescue boat crew from Aids to Navigation Team Boston,and a MH-60 Rescue helicopter,from Air Station Cape Cod,are searching the area.

Local authorities including Rockport Police Department boat and helicopter crews along along with the harbormaster are also searching the area. A shoreline search is being conducted.

The Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish, an 87-foot patrol boat, is en-route to the scene.

“The Coast Guard is working closely with state and local authorities to maximize search efforts,” said Lt. Jordan Boghosian, the command duty officer for the 1st District Command Center. “We hoping for the best possible outcome.”

Anyone with information regarding the missing girl is asked to call local authorities or the Coast Guard command center at (617) 223-5757

Photos of the Search for the missing 3year old

Photos of the Search for the missing 3year old. 

Shot from Good Harbor Beach.

Photo of the young girl here at the Gloucester Daily Times Website

If anyone has seen this child please contact the local authorities.

Coast Guard Blaine Gallagher proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Morris, in front of Motif #1 in Rockport Harbor- Photos From Brianna Moore

“Coast Guard Blaine Gallagher proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Morris, in front of Motif #1 in Rockport Harbor. Gallagher pulled his boat up behind Bearskin Neck to surprise Morris at work. When she came out to say hello, Gallagher got down on one knee and pulled out the ring in front of her friends and Gallagher’s crew.”

Check Out more on Brianna’s facebook page , professional page briannaphotography.com and blog.

Community Stuff Thursday

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In Concert!!

Craig Bickhardt & Don Henry (Grammy Award Winner!!)

Special Guest Larry Ahearn

Saturday, April 21 – 8pm Old Sloop Coffee House

First Congregational Church of Rockport

12 Church Street, Rockport, MA

Suggested Donation $10.00 in advance, $12 day of show

65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24

Get Your Tickets NOW: http://www.rockportucc.org/April21-2012.htm
www.craigbickhardt.com www.donhenry.com


JapeScape Acting Workshops! Tuesday, April 17: 9am-10:30am and 10:30-12:00pm

Jape teaches a series of age appropriate theater games, stage techniques, improvisation scenes and songs while fostering confidence, acting skills, imagination and team spirit.  The workshops aregeared for children between the ages of 5-12.

Workshops will begin at 9:00am and 10:30am at the Cape Ann Families/Open Door meeting space @ 28 Emerson Avenue.  We’d love for you to join us for free!

Thursday, April 19: (Reserve your child’s slot today!)

9:30-10:15

10:20-11:05

11:15-12:00 (Most space available)

Come join us for a morning full of group games, physical activities, team building, fitness and games that are just plain ole fun J

 

Activities are geared for children aged 3-8. Sessions will be held at the Cape Ann Families/Open Door meeting space @ 28 Emerson Avenue.  We’d love for you to join us for free!

Knucklebones provides athletic programming throughout New England and we’re excited to have them come and play with the children from Cape Ann!

 

Space is limited!  You must RSVP to attend these events!! (The events are open to ANY FAMILY in the community)

Contact Hailey Granger, Family Services Coordinator

978-281-2400 x110 or at hgranger@pw4c.org

ROCKPORT COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY APRIL 13

Rockport & Cape Ann, MA – The American Red Cross and the Rockport Rotary Club are holding a blood drive Friday, April 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport to support the community blood supply for patients in need. In the month of April, all presenting donors will receive a free pair of socks from New Balance, encouraging fitness and exercise. So get moving and make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Persons must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate blood. High school students under age 18 may need to meet certain height/weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross donor blood card or other form of positive ID.

The American Red Cross Blood Services Northeast Division must distribute approx. 3,000 pints of blood a day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives.

 

 


Community Stuff Wednesday

Lane’s Cove Fish Shack Restoration Auction

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS….There will be a silent auction to raise funds for the Lanes Cove Fish Shack. It will be held at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Harbor Loop on Sat., April 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the fish shack. Come one come all. We have donations of many wonderful paintings done by local artists ranging in value from $75.00 to $4400.00. We also have gift certificates and other items to auction with values ranging from $25- $150.00. There’s something for everyone. We will also be selling t-shirts, note cards, & bumper stickers.
Also we now have comfort color Lanes Cove Fish Shack T-Shirts on sale for $15.00. They can be purchased at Wulla (next to the Package store) on Washington Street in Lanesville or by contacting Barbara Jobe at 978-283-9311. All proceeds will go to the restoration fund to save the Lanes Cove Fish Shack. Wulla is open Wed-Sunday.

 


5 GREAT JEWISH FILMS IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEKEND

Cape Ann Jewish Film Festival In Its 4th Year

The 4th Annual Cape Ann Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Sunday, April 15 at 5:00pm at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester with the acclaimed documentary “Jewish Soldiers In Blue & Gray.”

The other four films in the CAJFF line-up are: the Israeli drama “Restoration” (Mon. April 16 @ 7:30pm), the restored historical documentary “Nuremberg” (Tues. April 17 @ 7:30pm), the romantic comedy “The Matchmaker” (Wed. April 18 @ 7:30pm) and the eye-opening documentary “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood And The Holocaust” (Thurs. April 19 @ 7:30pm). The last film in this year’s Festival commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Also running this weekend is this year’s Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film, “A Separation,” playing Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 at 7:30pm. The film tells the mystery-laced story of a struggling couple in modern-day Iran. The film will encore in May, along with the other four Oscar-nominees “Monsieur Lazhar,” “In Darkness,” “Bullhead” and “Footnote.”

To mark Earth Day and the April school vacation week, the Cinema encores the animated treat “Mia And The Migoo,” Monday, April 16 through Saturday, April 21 at 12:00pm. The movie is about a little girl who goes off to the jungle to find her missing father and makes friends with a giant silly monster. Tickets are just $5.00 for kids.

Tickets for all films are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Cinema Members. A full printed line-up of films is available at the Cinema, at www.CapeAnnCinema.comor by calling (978) 282-1988.


Local Video Company Adds to the Cape Ann Music Scene

This week the first ever Cape Ann Sessions video performance has been released —- featuring local rock band Dreamtigers! You can watch the video for “Keep Time” here:

http://vimeo.com/39639615

Cape Ann Sessions is a video series inviting musicians from all over to play acoustic sets at some of the most fun and beautiful locations on Cape Ann. The series aims to combine the arts of video and live music in a creative way while exploring the beauty and culture of northeastern Massachusetts. Each video is produced by IN THE CAR, a local media company.

*Behind the scenes photos (by local photographer Danny Ebersole) can be seen here: http://ebersolephotography.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/an-acoustic-brew/


This Sunday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport Music presents a new film “Guardians of the Gates: TheSurfboats” – filmed at the nation’s second busiest Coast Guard station–located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The film was created by David Wittkower, a native of Rockport and a graduate of Rockport Elementary School. His parents still live in town! David’s coming in for the film and will participate in a post-screening Q&A with James Caulkett, Gloucester’s Harbormaster and a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Best, Gregg Sorensen

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Rockport Music

“Guardians of the Gates: The Surfboats”

Sunday, April 15, 4 PM

Film by David Wittkower

Guardians of the Gates takes a hard look at the elite Coast Guard Search & Rescue crews that conduct over 600 rescues a year. Filmed at the nation’s second busiest Coast Guard station–located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco–Guardians gets an inside look at what makes these search and rescuers put their lives on the line every day, going out in extreme weather and waves that are over twenty five feet. With the camera crew riding along, you get a front seat ride as the Coast Guard crews are tested in life and death situations. Produced and Directed by David Wittkower, graduate of Rockport High School,1979 and winner of over 27 film festival awards, Guardians is his most intense film yet. The audience is invited to stay on after the film for a Q & A with the film maker David Wittkower and Gloucester Harbor Master and former Officer in Charge Boatswain Mate Senior Chief (ret) James Caulkett.

Tickets in advance or at the door: $9. www.rockportmusic.org or 978-546-7391

Shalin Liu Performance Center: 37 Main Street, Rockport, Massachusetts

United States Coast Guard Video Of The Plan B Sinking

Click Here For The Many Pictures and Videos of The Plan B We’ve Taken Here at Good Morning Gloucester

BOSTON — The 81-foot fishing vessel Plan B sank approximately eight miles east of Kennebunkport, Maine, after taking on water, Tuesday.

The two fishermen aboard were unable to control flooding and were rescued by a good Samaritan before the vessel sank about three and a half hours after it began taking on water in approximately 286 feet of water. A ruptured pipe may have caused the flooding.

Because the Plan B was listing on its port side, Coast Guard crews determined the boat wasn’t safe to board the vessel to pump the water out of the boat.

U.S. Coast Guard Station South Portland recovered the boat’s emergency beacon, life raft and several pieces of large debris.

The boat produced a diesel fuel sheen approximately 200-feet by 200-feet when it sank. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for pollution, including a scheduled trip to the site by a Station South Portland boatcrew in the morning.

The Coast Guard protects the maritime ecosystems and natural resources important to our national economy and
essential to the livelihood and way of life for coastal communities.

Catching Up With the Progress On The Bow to Stern Overhaul of Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle

Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.

Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.

The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull). cgc grand isle 1

The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water

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The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.

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The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.

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Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.

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This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.

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BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin.  This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.

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Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.

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Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.

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Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-

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Where’s The Grand Isle Been? We Got The Pics From Gloucester’s Cutter Rebuild At The Coast Guard’s Baltimore Yard

Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle was supposed to go for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks down in the Coast Guard’s Baltimore Shipyard.  26 weeks later and a ginormous laundry list of unexpected repairs has the Grand Isle crew eager to get back in the water and home to Gloucester.

Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan forwarded these pictures which will show you the repairs to the Grand Isle and the very next picture will be of the same exact position aboard sister ship The Jefferson Island for comparison’s sake.

click the pictures for the larger versions

First Pic Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island

Aft Berthing Grand Isle- Racks Removed,Lockers Removed, 25% of Decking Removed

Picture Right- Same Space aboard the Grand Isle During It’s Overhaul

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First Pic Engine Room Jefferson Island 28th September,2011

Second Pic Grand Isle Same View

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Left Pic Jefferson Island Engine Room Aft View

Right Grand Isle Both MDE’s Removed, Both Generators Removed, Exhaust Removed

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Left: Forward Passageway Jefferson Island

Right: Forward Passageway Grand Isle berthing stripped of racks and decking

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Left:Jefferson Island Galley

Right: Grand Isle Galley- All Equipment and Storage Removed

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Large Pieces Of Hull Plating On Gloucester’s USCG Cutter the Grand Isle Were Replaced One By One To Reduce Chances Of Hull Twist

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Both Shafts and Props Were removed.  Aft Steering Stripped (Steering Gear,Battery Chargers, AC System)

In Total More Than 500 Square Feet Of Hull Plating Replaced

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All photos courtesy Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan.

What many people may not know is that the entire crew of the Grand Isle has been removed from Gloucester and is with the Grand Isle in Baltimore.  When they left they thought they were going for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks.  Now going on 26 weeks they are most eager to return to their home port as our Gloucester USCG Cutter, The Grand Isle.

Stay tuned for updates to the overhaul and interviews with the crew, only here on www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Coast Guard Station Gloucester – Safe Boating Day – National Safe Boating Week

Coast Guard Station Gloucester to hold Safe Boating Day event
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester will hold a Safe Boating Day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 21, 2011 at their location on the waterfront.
The event is help to promote safe boating awareness though 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, boating under the influence information, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and its vessels, structured boating and paddling safety and various informational booths.
Representatives include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others.
The event will be held at the station located at 17 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, Mass.
For more information about the event please contact Adam Smart at (978) 283-0705
For more information about this release contact 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.

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