Town Head Rocks and Graves Island

We had a strange morning with dark clouds and spitting rain.  But the forecasters promised a better day after that front went through.  We watched the wind shift from south west to north west as we ate our muffins and drank Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at Magnolia Beach.  Sure enough, as we were motoring southward, down the coast, the clouds started to break up and the sun shone down in shafts of light onto the shimmering ocean.  Bee-yoo-tee-full.

Because the waves were coming in from the south east, we were limited to sheltered areas that protected us from the northwest breeze.  I picked Town Head Rocks for the first site:

Town  Head Rocks

Town Head Rocks

They are just around the corner from White Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.

We had Dave and Dean as well as LD with Pat and Pete as crew.  The Captain decided where we’d anchor.

I was happy to be in my Atlan drysuit because the water was 54 degrees.  It was clear on the bottom (between 15 and 20 feet) at almost high tide.  There were lots of comb jellies in the water between the 10 foot and 20 foot mark.

I videoed a crevasse in the jumble of huge rocks with the camera wedged and shooting towards the flickering opening in the notch between two of the biggest.  The sea weed was fuzzy beige and bright red and iridescent yellow and maroon.  The fish were tiny newborns.

For the second dive, Pat drove us over to the east side of Graves Island.  I had her pull way into a calm place that had us nestled close to the island in about 30 feet of water.  I found a massive beam from the USF New Hampshire off our starboard bow.  It had drift pins and copper plates on it.  No one would ever expect to find one of these so far from the shipwreck’s remains on the other side of the island.

By the time we surfaced, the sun was out in full force.  So was the wind from the northwest.

With LD’s, Pat’s, Pete’s, and The Captain’s help, I was able to dock the boat without crashing into any of our neighbors.


One Response to “Town Head Rocks and Graves Island”

  1. Veronica Says:

    I think you beat the wind! Sounds like a good day!

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