Archive for June, 2007

Proof of the Pudding

June 16, 2007

The copper ingot that Laurent found looks huge:

Copper Ingot with Gear

Some of us were pressed into service to show it off better:

Captain Fred, Laurent Dubois, and I hold the copper ingot Laurent found.

The stuff looks especially shiny when it’s been cleaned:

Cleaned Drift Pins with Peter Donahue and Laurent Dubois 

“Look What I Found!!!”

June 10, 2007

I heard that phrase several times today – from several different people.

Laurent, Pat, and Pete were lobstering/treasure-hunting. 

The Captain, Paul Savageau, and I were videoing.

J. was bubble-watching. 

They all had MADE me drive to the USF NH.

Sun and a light breeze helped everyone enjoy themselves.  The water was up to 55 degrees from last week’s 46.  The visibility was only 10 feet, however.

Pictures were taken by Pat and will be posted as soon as she gets them to me (hint, hint).

Great day.

All Over He** and Gone

June 9, 2007

Boy, did we cover a lot of ocean today.  We were searching for somewhere to take a full boatload of folk who had traveled a long way to get to us.  They deserved to dive in good conditions, not fog.  First, it was up the river, only to find the wind had shifted to the northeast.  Bad conditions for Folly or Plum Coves.  So, we turned around and headed back down the Annisquam and out into Gloucester Harbor.

The fog had lessened and we kept going.  We got so far as to anchor at Popplestone Ledge, but the sea was sending in rollers from the southeast even though the breeze was from the northeast.  It wouldn’t have been a good set for those staying up top.

Pete and Pat pulled the anchor and we motored around Kettle Island only to find another dive boat at the prime anchorage.  His divers were all over the place and I didn’t want to hastle them by dropping anchor right there.  The site also had a lobsterman pulling traps very slowly, by hand, from a dory.  Not good company.

Finally, I looked over to Saddle Rock and saw only calm water, no rollers, no competition for an anchorage, with the breeze from the shore, so I made for it.  Good choice.  Pete got two good sized lobsters, Linsley M. and The Captain videoed fish feeding, Laurent, Steve Gates, and Juli all hunted for lobsters too.  Kevin M. couldn’t dive but was an excellent mate and bubble-looker-outter-for. 

Jacki K. gave the wonderful underwater boulders and cliffs just off Coolidge Point (a.k.a. Saddle Rock) high marks, even though the visibility was poor at about 5-10 feet.  The water temperature was 50 degrees.  Pete said they saw cunner, skates, striped bass, sculpin, and sea ravens.  Laurent saw a living, cream-colored, horseshoe crab which was about 1 foot long.

The second dive was at the southwest corner of Kettle Island in about 45 feet of water, now that everyone else had left.  Laurent had good pickin’s and totalled nine lobsters for the day.  Juli pronounced it to be a great place with lots of fish to see up in the shallows next to the island.  Linsley saw lots of fish again and even noticed lobsters around the anchor that looked big enough to be keepers.  Again, the temperature was 50 degrees on the bottom.

The weather for the day was cool, drippy, drizzly, dreary, and foggy.  I wore my fleece gloves the whole time along with my full foul weather gear.

But the customers and crew were great fun, as always.  Who could as for more?

Misty Moisty

June 3, 2007

It was supposed to be warm today.  Not true.

It was supposed to be partly sunny today.  Didn’t happen.

Maybe where you live it was like that – but not in Gloucester.  Here it was raw, hazy, misting, and foggy.  Waves of drizzle passed through presaged by gusty winds from the north.  I wore foul weather gear and black, Polartec gloves all day. 

We had Adam Champion with us to complete his last NAUI Instructor requirement – the bailout.  We anchored over a sandy bottom at Graves Island, next to another dive boat named Last Cast from Danvers.  We had Veronica along as crew and to practice with her new DUI dry suit.  Laurent Dubois also was there as was Paul Savageau practicing with his video camera.  Pete, Pat, The Captain, and I were the rest of the crew.

After Adam finished, I rowed over to the island with Laurent and Pete swimming to their most recent, and very heavy, find.  They had brought a lift bag and proceeded to extricate a 37 pound bar of copper from the wreck site.  Pete also brought up a big piece of drift pin.  Photos will follow, courtesy of Pat Walsh.

Chili helped my cold fingers thaw.  Pete said the water was 46 again.  He saw lots of little lobsters and flounder. 

Driving back into the harbor, we saw a fog bank had developed 1/4 mile from the Blynman Bridge cut.  Pete called to them to inquire whether they were open or shut because we couldn’t tell.  They were very accommodating and raised the bridge for us as we got very close.

Strange conditions and a far cry from yesterday’s heat.

Take a Guess

June 2, 2007

Right.  More digging for copper treasures at the USF New Hampshire.

Margaret at United Divers was able to repair two of my DUI drysuits, as well as one of Pete’s and one of Pat’s in less than a week.  This allowed me to put my Mares back in storage and be comfortable in my drysuit once more.

The water was much clearer today than it was last weekend.  Visibility was about 15 feet.  It was 46 degrees on the bottom in 30 feet.

We had Paul Savageau, Laurent Dubois, Pete, Pat, Kathy Cardinale, The Captain and me on board.  Kathy made delicious, Weight Watchers legal sandwiches for everyone.

The sky was hazy and overcast, with breaks of sun periodically.  It felt like it was gearing up to have thunderstorms (which were predicted to afternoon).

The three videographers had great conditions this time.  The copper addicts managed to get lobsters as well as treasure.

Good fun.