Coast Guard f/n Samantha Hughes Reads from Macbeth

Coast Guard station Gloucester's Samantha Hughes was the first on base to volunteer for the Gloucester Shakespeare Project - a community-based reading project designed to encourage local residents to take a crack at reading Shakespeare out loud, on camera.

She read from Macbeth.

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Squid and Calamari at the Cut Bridge in Gloucester, Ma.

Local Gloucester, Ma. fisherman Sean Renard, second shift FedEx foreman, discusses squid fishing at the cut bridge on the Annisquam River in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Squid make excellent striped bass bait. They're also good eating when fried or cooked Italian style with pasta and red sauce.

Calamari recipes from the Food Network.

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When the Weather Gets Bad, Channel 16 Gets Busy

Gale force winds are a recurring theme in New England waters during the late fall, throughout the winter and and during the spring. The blow almost exclusively from the wesdt/nrothwest, arriving as cold dry air spills down over New England from the vast open plains of the Canadian Shield.

The winds are powerful, gusty and persistent.

And along much of the New England coastline, they blow offshore.

Listen in on as Coast Guard vhf radio channel 16 watchstander warns boaters of the approach of one these windstorms. Typically the weather is sunny, crisp and cold. Large boats that can't hold anchor in the approaching winds are advised to put out to sea, to avoid drifting through crowded ports and harbors.

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Birdsong at Two Penny Loaf, Gloucester

Summer continues at Two Penny Loaf on the Essex River. A particularly ebullient bird has much to say about it.

Recorded with a Tascam DR-05 at the Essex County Greenbelt saltmarsh holdings behind Wingaersheek Beach in West Gloucester.

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Seven Hours of Hell: at the oars in Salem Sound

Six miles offshore in Salem Sound, Mike the lobsterman's motor quits. The seas and wind build. Mike puts to the oars. His boat weathercocks heavily, the bilge pump working overtime.

Weathercocking places a boat's bow head-to the wind - a benefit for seaworthiness, a bane if trying to head home in a stern-quartering wind.

Mike calls his dad via cell phone and refuses to call the Coast Guard.

On the fly engineering: cold storage for lobsters: a bait freezer, bathtub, vodka and pump

Mike the lobsterman on the on-the-fly engineering a cold holding tank for his lobster catch. You need:

An old bathtub.

Plastic tubing.

Duct tape and spray foam.

A bait freezer.

Connect the insulated tub and the freezer with tubing, run antifreeze - no, vodka - through the line with a pump, and you're done. Mike's subtext of SHTF preparedness (generate your own electricity) happens to be green. He runs the rig off solar power he collects at his dock in Salem, Ma.

Bakers Island in Salem Sound, Ma. Go but don’t land

Bakers Island lies a few miles from the coast of Cape Ann. The island abuts the Salem Sound channel, gateway to Beverly. Rocky and remote, it's part of a small archipelago of islands, gravel bars and ledges that extend from Marblehead to Kettle Island. Lobsterman Mike works himself into a lather over recent ownership rights and lead paint mitigation on the island.

Bakers Island in Salem Sound, Ma. Go there but don’t land

Bakers Island lies a few miles from the coast of Cape Ann. The island abuts the Salem Sound channel, gateway to Beverly. Rocky and remote, it's part of a small archipelago of islands, gravel bars and ledges that extend from Marblehead to Kettle Island. Lobsterman Mike works himself into a lather over recent ownership rights and lead paint mitigation on the island.

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Mike the Lobsterman on the wreck of the schooner Jennie M. off Salisbury Beach

The cargo schooner Jennie M., driven ashore by a powerful nor'east storm while enroute to Boston with a cargo of cobblestones, was lost with all hands. The ship's ribs, buried in the sands of Salisbury Beach, uncover every few years during winter storms.

Local gossip holds that the Jennie was carrying moonshine liquor.

The crew abandoned ship. Their bodies were never found. Sole survivor of the wreck was the ship's cat.

Mike visits one day and has a few things to say in his usual eloquent way.

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Lobsterman Mike on a bad day at sea and the world’s best bilge pumps

Lobsterman Mike reminisces on a day seven miles off Gloucester in bad weather and gives an endorsement of Rule bilge pumps, manufactured in Gloucester and ubiquitous on the commercial waterfront.

A 14' Novi hull, by the way, is a fast and able seaworthy little motorboat boat with a high bow and swooping sheer line. It's a good boat for 10-pot recreational lobstermen.

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