• No – but I like it!


  • Stone venere – iron rail – ocean/sky – stone /shackle – gear/chain – sand – beach stones -rust –
    Cant figure out the back drop on left image


    • Hi Jeff – close and right on with a couple. The background on the left image is the stone shed at Annisquam Light. The background on the right is cracked pavement on Rocky Neck Ave. The 2nd layer background on both is the hull of a boat being prepared for painting at Marine Railways. There is a rusted iron rail and a rusted pipe. The 3rd layers is a sand pattern created by the waves on Lighthouse Beach. There is a rusted shackle (if that’s what that thing is called) set in concrete. There is no ocean/sky. What you saw as a gear/chain is a floating line made of rubber discs, I assume used by gillnetters. The top layer on the center is beach stones in a tidal pool.


      • Chain with rubber disks (cookies) does not float. It is at bottom front of otter trawl.


        • Thanks Damon. I see them all over at the Railways but didn’t know what they were or what they were used for. I did some research and for others who always to know more (from Wikipedia): Otter trawling derives its name from the large rectangular otter boards which are used to keep the mouth of the trawl net open. Otter boards are made of timber or steel and are positioned in such a way that the hydrodynamic forces, acting on them when the net is towed along the seabed, pushes them outwards and prevents the mouth of the net from closing. They also act like a plough, digging up to 15 cm into the seabed, creating a turbid cloud, and scaring fish towards the net mouth. The net is held open vertically on an otter trawl by floats and/or kites attached to the “headline” (the rope which runs along the upper mouth of the net), and weighted “bobbins” attached to the “foot rope” (the rope which runs along the lower mouth of the net). These bobbins vary in their design depending on the roughness of the sea bed which is being fished, varying from small rubber discs for very smooth, sandy ground, to large metal balls, up to 0.5 m in diameter for very rough ground. These bobbins can also be designed to lift the net off the seabed when they hit an obstacle. These are known as “rock-hopper” gears.


  • By the way the name “otter trawl” does not stem directly from the animal but was the name of the English fishing boat that first deployed a trawl with otter boards (doors) as opposed to a solid beam (beam trawl) to hold the net open. ( random tidbits learned while a tourist guide at what was the Maritime Heritage Center)


    • Thank for clarifying. My first thought when I saw the name was that it caught otters, which didn’t make me very happy. Of course once I had a name for it, I could research it, so thanks so much.


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