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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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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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.

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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