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U.S. Coast Guard news briefing to be held for fishing vessel Patriot investigation conclusion


Two days After We Lost Charlie the Coast Guard Will Be Holding a Press Conference To Detail Their Conclusions In The Patriot Sinking Investigation.

Media are invited to attend a news briefing for the fishing vessel Patriot marine casualty investigation at Sector Boston, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at 8 p.m.

The late hour of the news briefing is due to previous briefings with members of the family of the two fishermen who lost thier lives when the Patriot sank in January 2009.

Who: Capt. John Healey, commander of Sector Boston, will be answering questions pertaining to the marine casualty investigation.

What: Media briefing on the fishing vessel Patriot marine casualty investigation.

When: Sept. 17th at 8 p.m.


Sector Boston

427 Commercial St

Boston, MA 02109

Media are asked to R.S.V.P. and have proper credentials prior to arrival.

For more information on this release, please contact 1st District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.

Click the Picture Below For The Slide Show Of Pictures I Took Aboard Matteo Russo’s Patriot July 29, 2008


Seaman Scarves Fund-raiser on March 2 at Cape Ann Brewery

From Kat Valentine at Parlez-Moi Blog-

In a previous blog I talked about using the very old, traditional knitting pattern for Seaman’s Scarves as a possible fund-raiser here in Gloucester. The Seaman’s Scarves are used for endeavors such as  Christmas at Sea, a project The Seaman’s Church Institute. Ever since 1898, during the Spanish American War, The Seaman’s Church Institute has sent thousands of packages to mariners at Christmas time. Included in the packages are hand-knit items donated by knitters from around the country. These include watch caps, socks, vests, and, of course, scarves (photo above), in addition to lip balm, hand lotion and toothpaste and brushes. Last year over 10,000 garments were sent by knitters and thousands more were needed. (They also offer information on how citizens can help our mariners who are the victims of pirates at sea.) Their web site offers a list of free patterns in PDF format for both knit and crocheted patterns for the items they need.
Subsequently I designed 2 original Seaman’s Scarves. One is in Aran Style:
And the other is Guernsey Style:
I am writing the directions for these scarves and Tuesday night, March 2nd, at 6:30, I will be at Cape Ann Brewery with the patterns. Knitters are invited to come and “purchase” a pattern for whatever donation they would like to make. Cape Ann Brewery has graciously offered to match whatever is donated and the proceeds will be donated to the fund for the children of Matteo Russo, a Gloucester fisherman who was lost, along with his crew in January of 2009. I will be present to help knitters get started on the pattern, if they wish (bring worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles) and I’ll help anyone who is interested with either of the patterns.
This should be a great time — an opportunity to learn something new, do some good for our community and have an excuse to drink Cape Ann Brewery’s scrumptious product. I look forward to seeing you there….

Pictures From Matteo Russo’s Patriot

Usually when I photograph a boat I only post about a third of the pictures that I take.  I weed through and cull out the best shots.  There were a bunch from the Patriot that were left in the folder and never got posted so there will be a few more photos from different angles in the pilot house and engine room.

Pictures From Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine Room

There aren’t too many engines that you would place a sandwich down on top of and then pick it back up to eat, but Matteo maintained his boat meticulously.

The Children Of Matteo and Josephine Russo Scholarship Fund

Angela Sanfilippo and City Councilor Sefatia Romeo have created a a scholarship fund for the nearly 3-year-old son and unborn child of Matteo and Josephine Russo. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by sending a check to “The Chldren of Matt Russo Fund, c/o BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, Attention: Amy E. Mitchell.”

This information came from The Gloucester Daily Times article.

I’ve added a permanent tab  above in the header of our GMG Front page for folks to always have access to the place theycan help.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine

This is the view looking down at The Patriot Engine.  Matteo runs a GM in The Patriot and GM engines are usually painted green.  Matteo painted his red because this particular model of GM engine is called a Screamin’ Demon.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Bow

Matteo Russo took me for a tour of his dragger The Patriot.  Nice boat, and very clean, it is built like a tank.

You can tell a lot about a boat’s owner by how well it’s engine room is maintained.  Matteo’s Patriot engine room is spotless, much like Clark Sandler’s Sea Farmer II,  Cape Seafood’s Boats and The Western Venture.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Bow, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Deck

In this photo you see the deck of Matteo Russo’s Patriot. In the top of the picture is his stern trawler net reel. The reason it is called a stern trawler is because the net is set from this reel from the STERN of thge boat. You see in the picture the net wrapped around the net reel.

Then in the middle of the deck you see pen boards. Pens and pen boards can be above deck or below deck. The pen boards fit into channels which section off portions of the deck or the hold of the boat where the fishermen sort fish or dump the fish out from the net when the net comes aboard. Down below different pens are used for different species.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Deck, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

In the front of the picture is the winch. The winch is spooled with wire which is attached to the net . When they set the net out they let wire out evenly on both sides so the net will fish evenly. It is hydraulically powered. You see the stainless steel bar resting at an angle just behind the winch? That is used to guide the wire back onto the winch evenly when they load it back on. They guide the wire back and forth evenly so it all doesn’t bunch up in the middle of the winch drum.