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“INGA” from San Francisco Docks in Gloucester

Interesting History on this little sailboat, see below.



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Old 11-20-2014, 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by handsondeck View Post

BPW, Inga is a sweet looking boat. Beautiful hull. Where are you cruising these days. What part of the world do you consider home?
Me and my most significant other live in North central Minn. A little Hobby farm on the Mississippi river. Our body of water is lake superior. Our season of course is over. We have a 30 by 60 heated shop and am seriously considering attempting a build of some design. Do either one of you have any thoughts on that? Oh by the way right now we have an Alberg 30. It is in the shop and is going to get a repaint and inspection for the winter. Rewire the mast etc. etc. Thank-you both for reading. My name is Clyde. Sticks up and water out. fair winds

We left San Francisco (home) and have have been in South America the last few years. Boat is currently in Uraguy after spending a bunch of time in Tierra Del Fuego. That picture was taken off Chiloe Island in Chile.
While Inga has been a good little boat for us, it would be insane to build new and not take advantage of the last 70 years of development in boat design. We just bought an aluminum fin keel boat that will be our next cruising boat after a complete, down to a bare hull, rebuild. We wanted a metal boat since we like going very remote places with ice, but if not for that we had seriously been considering building one of Dudley Dix’s Didi designs. Modern boat design really is way better than the traditional type, safer, faster, and much easier to sail.

Tourist from St Louis Missouri

A delightful couple from St Louis Missouri who come to Gloucester at least two times a year.  We exchanged emails and they sent me a photo they took at Stage Fort Park, the lobster they said was bought off a boat at Capt. Joe’s.

St Louis (1)

st l loobster

Pretty sure this is Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) Back in 1937 and The Same Scene That I Captured in 2012

Gloucester Coal building is in the background, now the lumber shed for The Building center which you can see in the 2012 picture just to the left behind the F/V Mary and Josephine. It also looks like the building at the end of the right pier has the same pitched roof as the one in the 2012 photo.


Waterfront, Gloucester, Massachusetts


Arthur Rothstein


September 1937


Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) May 27, 2012

The “New” Old Cart At The Dock @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

Here’s the “new” old cart Brian O’Connor found on Craig’s list in Haverhill and I picked up Friday morning.
The “old” old cart I claimed at an old industrial site in Chelsea and it was being thrown away about 20 years ago. I had no idea what the brand was, all I know is that it was extremely rugged. The type of rugged that could withstand the brutal saltwater conditions of a lobster dock year in and year out. In the Craigslist ad the man listed the similar “newer” old cart as a Fairbanks cart so I googled the company and found out they are still in business.
from the website:

For more than 125 years, the Fairbanks Company has been shipping quality material handling equipment from our manufacturing facilities in Rome, GA. Our facilities encompass more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. To maintain our leadership role in the industry, we have modernized our facilities with the latest in robotic welding, electrostatic powder coating and CNC machining of wood parts.

These techniques have resulted in the expansion of our product offerings, making us a premier supplier of casters, wheel, handtrucks, platform trucks and dollies.



You can see the difference between the “new” old cart and the “old” new cart in that the cart below has it’s main load carrying wheels based in the middle of the cart so if you place the load in the middle there is a even disbursement of the weight and makes it easy to move on the larger wheels. They call it a tilt style cart.  The “new” old cart has the two big wheels pushed further to the front corner of the cart and two big casters at the back.  In the “old” old cart you could turn it 360 degrees in place, with the placement of the wheels on the “new’ old cart it will be slightly less easy to maneuver but will make it easier to pull the crates off of the platform of the cart without the cart wanting to rotate needing for another person to hold the handles while the other worker pulls the crates onto the platform scale.  Also the weight bearing wheels on the “new” old cart are much larger.

Here’s the “old” old cart that has been used to offload millions and millions of pounds of lobsters over the past decade.



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