Sunday, July 31, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
On a personal note, my father-in-law turned 80 on Saturday and we had a nice family party for him--very enjoyable afternoon and evening.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Useful Site for Checking Ship Locations
locations of ships around the world.
Gloucester Area Astronomy Club and GeoURL
I found their website through GeoURL which allows you to find websites that are physically near you (if they've included information in the META data). This blog has the tag in it now.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
HP Hood Blimp
Thanks to my friends at Cape Ann Online I found out that the blimp is operated by the The Lightship Group a marketing division of the American Blimp Corporation. The blimp (model A-60+) can be illuminated from within--must be pretty cool to see.
Close-up of Hood blimp
Hood blimp overhead
The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile rowing competition around Cape Ann, named for Howard Blackburn. Howard Blackburn was a dory fisherman who got separated from his ship in a blizzard. While his dorymate surcomed to the cold, Blackburn continued rowing for five days and nights with no food or water. He landed in Nova Scotia and returned to Gloucester a hero. The rest of his life was amazing, including two solo trans-Atlantic crossing--without fingers, which had been lost to frostbite.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
A Little History of Lanes Cove
Monday, July 11, 2005
Links to Bonfire Photos
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Twizzle Anchored Off of Lanes Cove
Twizzle anchored off Lanes Cove, July 6, 2005
Got a call last night from a neighbor on Rowley Shore that there was a ship anchored just offshore. I didn't see it, but later in the evening I saw a stack of lights through the trees. We walked down the the breakwater (it was a warm, breezy evening) and saw a mega-yacht anchored.
It was the Twizzle, launched in November 2004 in Amsterdam. She is 182' long, 32' wide and a private charter ship. Named after the nickname of the owner's daughter, Twizzle carries a crew of 12 and can accommodate 10 guests. She was in Boston Harbor on June 29th and anchored off of Misery Island (Manchester-by-the-Sea) on July 2nd. Here is a link to a forum that tracks mega-yachts and this thread specifically about Twizzle. Power & Motoryacht Forum
Want to charter the Twizzle? It is only $280,000/week!
Monday, July 04, 2005
Lanesville 4th of July
Well, it has come and gone, the biggest event of the year on Lanes Cove--the 4th of July celebration. The schedule was:
6:00 PM - Parade
7:00 PM - Wedding
8:00 PM - Liquor Store Closes
9:00 PM - Bonfire is Lit
The weather was perfect--low humidity, warm temperature, light breeze and a cloudless sky. The parade was the typical Lanesville affair, quirky, somewhat disorganized, but as always, fun. This completely ad hoc parade is a chance for everyone to participate. The only "band" is a group of mostly drummers along with a few instruments. I did here the Star Spangled Banner played with the crowd singing along. The last couple of years have seen the parade finish up by marching into the cove, but this time they marched to the bonfire/wedding site.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
As far as I know, there haven't been any greenheads on Rowley Shore (none reported by our friends over there). We have had no insects--no mosquitoes--except for an occasional housefly here on Lanes Cove. The Red Tide is receding--most of the flats on the south side of Cape Cod are now open to shell fishing. I'm sure they will open the flats around here in the next few weeks. What this means is the shell fishermen can go back to work and we can have local shellfish (like clams) again. Other than that, there has been no physical evidence that there has been Red Tide at all.