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The Wicked Tuna’s “Hard Merchandise”
I caught the Hard Merchandise from the TV Show Wicked Tuna unloading a few Bluefin Tuna at the State fish Pier this Summer. One of the Tv crew members said the shows they’re filming will air in February 2015. So you may get lucky and watch them film on the Gloucester waterfront. The Hard Merchandise has been fishing for years here in Gloucester way before the TV show. They dock at the wharf behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck. I’m sure all their Fans will enjoy these photo’s. Video’s coming soon.
While I was trying to shoot a video on the best shovel, and shove techniques to use, the FEDEX truck got stuck on my street here in the Bayview area of Gloucester. After some attempts to dig them out, a very kind local named Forest comes up the other direction behind me. We came up with a plan, then I grabbed my cam. BAAAM….#becausegloucester
Stay tuned for the shovel video!!
Click images 2 times to see full screen…it’s way cool!
Florida visitors Sharon St Clair and husband Chuck King rolled into Gloucester about four weeks ago. By chance, they stopped into Charlie’s Place and bumped into the Merry Pranksters. This trip, made by son Zane Kesey, replicated the journey from CA to NY made by renowned author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Jack Nicholson) in 1964.
After the success of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken and this band of Merry Pranksters drove from The West Coast to the East in 1964. Fifty years later, on September 24, 2014, they came to Gloucester, and had breakfast at Charlie’s Place https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlies-Place/111697215533360. My friends were there…
Sharon photographed the Furthur crew at breakfast. She and husband Chuck gave them their table for the bus crew. Ken Kesey’s son Zane sits center waving his hand. Sharon and Chuck leave tomorrow for home. I got to know what wonderful and generous people they are… and like me, they’re adventurous. Fair winds and smoothe seas, my friends forever.
RD is weary after an extensive day of travel which brought him in and around Cape Ann.
Fabric (Floral designs and stripes)
Needles and Thread
These items need to be dropped off at Hobbit House Gallery On Madfish Wharf Or Else The Duck Becomes Pate.
September 16th or the duck gets it!
Caught the Hard Merchandise unloading a couple of Tuna today at 7:45am.
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
Adam Bolonsky submits-
Mitchell Hsing and Isabel Brachmann, grad students at MIT (who said only nerds go to MIT?) recently swam the perimeter of Straitsmouth Island from Gap Head in less than 25 minutes. Their coach Bill Steele and I escorted them in kayaks.
Fish tacos afterwards at Cape Ann Brewing Company!
Here’s a video clip. You can clearly see Twin Lights at Thachers and Straitsmouth Island light in the background:
Joe “The Animal” Barboza was flown to Thachers Island each night by helicopter in the late 60’s while testifying against the New England mob. When Barboza’s cover at Thachers was blown, federal marshals moved him to a house on Eastern Point.
Barboza was gunned down a few years later in Southern California.
This was back in the day when the Coast Guard radio station at Gap Head was still in operation.
If you’ve never experienced the Divas of the Waterfront drag show at the Madfish Grille, don’t miss it this year. The fun craziness takes place Wednesday, August 6 at 8:30 pm. $10
Hobbit House Studio II
77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 6
View Marty Luster’s Original Post Here
Great meeting you at the Gloucester Farmer’s Market. It was fun to see the nice photos you took and posted of my daughter working there!
I took a few more photos of the old shipwreck that you can see at low tide along the middle of Coffin’s Beach. I’ve attached the best one here. It would be fun to hear people’s thoughts around the age and provenance of the craft. Enjoy!
It’s about 30′ long by 10′ wide.
if anyone has anything to add to the story please add your info in the comments to this post
Second Update 7/18/14
Victor T. Mastone
We haven’t spoken in a while. Your always a good source of information and as I promised in the past, I just wanted to let you know that our program has started investigating the unidentified shipwreck which recently became exposed on Coffins Beach. We were out there yesterday and spoke with a few local residents. They had never seen the wreck before and several lived there for about 40 years. Our files list a few wrecks in the area, but those vessels were much larger than this shipwreck. The exposed portion of the wreck is about 34 feet long, though probing suggests it is about 40 feet long; width is roughly 14 feet max. Metal fittings were not evident. If you have heard of anything about the wreck. I’d like to hear from you. otherwise, I’ll keep you posted on what we find out.
Most people don’t get to see real shipwreck too often. So, it is an interesting opportunity to visit this window to our maritime past. While there is really nothing to take, most people do not realize that the site is protected by state law. It is my hope people respect the site and completely refrain from removing any of it or otherwise disturb or damage the site when they visit.
Speak with you soon.
Victor T. Mastone
Director and Chief Archaeologist
Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114
Better Late Than Never!
I received an email a few weeks ago from a 10 year old boy who when he was nine years old at the time he found one of my “Art,Rocks!” a Rock that I left at T-Wharf in Rockport on 09/04/2010. I think that was about 9 months ago. I remember leaving it there after having a cup of coffee and watching the Lobstermen get ready for their day. About 5am. I always wonder about the ones I leave that don’t get reported back to the email I leave on them. Currently the last three that I’ve left in the past two weeks that I never gave notice on GMG Have not been reported back. Which is fine. In this world we live in now, maybe people think there is a catch too this thing. Maybe they think I want money for it. Emails like Coopers who found it is payment enough! I will never ask anything for them. An email would be nice but, If I don’t get a response that’s fine too! Mystery and fantasy is what makes life! isn’t it?
Here’s the email from Cooper and Photos of the “Art, Rock!” He found! Who could ask for anything more?!!!! Thanks Cooper!
Am I a little weird? Maybe! :)
Dear mr or mrs frontiero. I picked up one of your pictures of the motif in a parking lot in rockport on 9-4-2010. I am very sorry not to get back to you sooner. I am a 10 year old boy and I’m in fourth grade at st johns in Beverly Massachusetts . I picked it up when i was nine with my aunt and little sister delaney who is now 6. That is my lucky rock because that day I won a contest at bearskin neck country store. You are a beautiful artist. Sincerely , Cooper
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