There are about 5 spots in here where I just bust out laughing.
The video just continues to ramp up and ramp up and ramp up in intensity right through the end. We were absolutely rolling in the office by the 10 minute 30 second mark and then it just goes into overdrive.
Many lobster boats have been installing these”fences” along the side of the boat where that is opposite the hauling station.
The fence has several purposes. Real estate on a lobster boat is valuable, especially if the lobsterman is a real fisherman and not just a “pot hauler”. A pot hauler is a lobsterman who simply sets his traps out in the same spots and doesn’t take the time to figure out what exactly the lobsters are doing and more importantly where they will show up next. So the “pot hauler” sets his traps and goes back to the same spots over and over and doesn’t move the lobster traps around to try to be where the lobsters will show up next to be caught.
Lugging 100 traps from one area to another and resetting them and adjusting the lengths of the trawl lines for different fathoms is a lot of work and some “pot haulers” would just assume keep to a simple routine even though it doesn’t yield the best results. To be fair, to move lots of traps from one area to a whole different area forces a lobsterman to either have a very large boat in which they can stack a ton of traps on and get lots of traps moved at one time or if they have smaller boats they have to make multiple trips because you just can’t put that many traps aboard due to a shortage of space.
This is where a fence can be beneficial in two ways. All of the buoys and high-flyers and even barrels can be lashed on to the fence to save deck space for work.
Secondly when stacking traps high on the deck of the boat to get as many on as possible for moving them to a different area the fence helps to secure the traps. So if the lobsterman feels that his catch has dropped off and he can catch more lobsters by moving to a different area he can move a bunch at one time and not worry about losing them overboard in windy or rough conditions.
Photos were taken by KELLY BRIEHLER at Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club down in New Jersey.
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Jennifer Anderson represents at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery with her copy of my Did You Know? Book. Thanks Jennifer!
That the first guest artist exhibiting at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck will be by JP/Gloucester artist, Pete Chamberlain? Pete’s exhibit will start on June 10th and run through June 23rd, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Pete is a multimedia painter, furniture maker and sculptor of wood, stone and rustic materials. His paintings and three-dimensional works are very unique and fun (see samples), and we are excited to have Pete as our first guest artist. Pete has exhibited his works at JP Open Studios, Two Boats Gallery, Boston City Hall, Innovative Moves, JP Art Center, Gallery Pertutti, Arnold Arboretum, Cornwall Gallery, Piano Factory Gallery, Houston-Tuttle/Gallery One, Footlight Club (Blue Mountain Lake, NY) and the Rustic Furniture Makers Fair at Adirondack Museum (Rockland, ME). He has a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. Come by and welcome Pete and his work to Rocky Neck.