The restoration of the Phyllis A continues in earnest at Gloucester Marine Railway. This week the iconic red pilot house, spars, and engine were removed. She is being lightened up before coming off the rails and then picked up on the big blue travel lift. There is a spot waiting for the Phyllis A in the parking lot, so she can have more extensive work done without tying up the railway. We are actively seeking volunteers to help with her restoration and to help with mailing and other office type work too. Please come by the Steel Drive behind Fosters on Saturday 8-4 to help support the Phyllis A’s restoration, while getting rid of your unwanted steel.
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.
This highly innovative gillnet setting machine aboard the Lori B saves the work of two men. It is built on a frame with rollers and a swivel so it can redirect the nets from pens on either side of the boat. There is also a safety feature in which bungee cords will allow tension to save your arm from getting sucked into the machine if you get hung up on the net.
Video demonstration at 8AM
Here is the automatic gillnet setting machine on Mike Leary’s Lori B. Video of it in operation at 8AM
Behind Stoga is a high tech gillnet hauler. It is made by a company in the UK named Spencer Carter. It is the first of it’s kind that I’ve seen in Gloucester. Mike Leary, the boat’s owner tells me that there are only 3 moving parts to this gillnet hauler as opposed to 175 on the traditional haulers used by the Gloucester fleet. There was a guy who worked on the traditional gillnet haulers out of New Bedford but Mike also tells me he closed up shop.
Here is the Spencer Carter Website
Here, Stoga showcases a new fishing industry innovation for gillnetters aboard Mike Leary’s Lori B. This hydraulic net setter eliminates the jobs of two men for setting the net back out on gillnetters. The machine automatically spreads the net and sets it with the hydraulic motor (highlighted with the yellow arrow). It glides back and forth to set nets from either side of the boat, port or starboard by gliding along the rails (highlighted by the black arrows).
Video tomorrow at 1PM