Foggy Sunday Morning

Well, at least it wasn’t raining and blowing.  Now it was still and foggy.  Too foggy to go anywhere.  We rode around the island and found fog thick at Plum Cove as well as in Gloucester Harbor.  The weather folk predicted it would clear by the afternoon but we had a whole passel of people who wanted to dive.

So we decided to pick our way out into Gloucester Harbor as the tide was rising and find somewhere safe for a single dive.  It would be free today because we couldn’t actually get anywhere decent to take paying customers and the four people who had come all the way up from Connecticut were regular customers making their last trip with us for the season.  They just wanted to get wet.

We loaded Fred’s two daughters, their husbands, Linsley and Kevin Mordasky, Pat and Karen Hatcher and Bill Low with crew members Veronica, Pat, and Pete.  It gave the term, a full boat, a whole new meaning.  The non-divers tried to stay out of the divers’ way and vice versa, but it was tight.

Diane, Fred, and Elizabeth - Dad with Two Daughters

Diane, Fred, and Elizabeth - Dad with Two Daughters

As we waited for the Blynman Bridge to open for us, I could see little streamers of current coming through it into the river.  The tide was coming in still.  That might mean that we could go across the harbor to the far side and Black Bess rocks.  Maybe the surge and waves from yesterday wouldn’t have stirred it up too much over there.

We anchored between the mooring area of the Eastern Point Yacht Club and the rocks in about 20 feet of water.  The visibility varied all over the place from 5 feet to 15 feet, depending on your trajectory from the anchor line.  There were Rhodes 19 one design sailboats nearby jockeying for the start of a race and we could hear the announcer for the bicycle motocross tournament bellowing from across the harbor at Stage Fort Park.

Patricia Walsh Leans Down from the Flying Bridge to Talk with The Captain

Patricia Walsh Leans Down from the Flying Bridge to Talk with The Captain

The fog lifted after about 1/2 hour and we could see blue sky overhead in places.  Then the clouds filled that spot in.  I could see sun breaking through against the rocks at Norman’s Woe just outside the harbor as well as the surging waves breaking there.

As the divers returned, they reported warm water in the high 50s and some even caught lobsters.  Peter reported seeing scallops as well.

Captain Fred Calhoun and Linsley Mordasky on Easy Diver

Captain Fred Calhoun and Linsley Mordasky on Easy Diver

Photos are by Diane Neas.  Thanks, Sam

The ramp was totally flat as we schlepped the gear up it, but the sun didn’t stay around very long.

We ended in The Gull restaurant for a family lunch, with Pete and Pat too.

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