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We Added A “New” Old Fairbanks Cart To The Captain Joe’s Family

At the dock there are a couple of key pieces of equipment.  The winch, the forktruck, the scales and the carts.  Any one of these go down and we’re in serious trouble.  We rely on them to work day in and day out.  In the worst of all conditions.

You know how the fishing industry is the second most dangerous profession in the world behind coal mining?  Well it might be the second most dangerous profession but handling saltwater fish is absolutely the deadliest profession for machinery.  Salt, and saltwater, fish grease and massive tonnage being handled daily create the perfect storm of corrosiveness and opportunity for mechanical failure.

That’s why whenever I have an opportunity to secure a Fairbanks Cart to help perform our job at the dock I leap.  This morning at 5:00 AM I drove a couple of hours to get my hands on the newest member of the Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company Family.  One of the best parts about the Fairbanks carts are the plug in caster systems.  If after years you need new casters, you contact the company and they can ship you out new ones.

The decks are absolute beastly and handle incredibly poundings without skipping a beat.  I routinely lower 400Lbs of lobster crates on them when offloading the boats and then add another stack of 400.  No problem.

Here’s the new one.  I put a couple of coats of linseed oil on the oak decking and greased up the greased fittings and she’s ready for servicing our lobster fleet!

Our “Old” Fairbanks cart that’s helped offload millions of pounds of lobsters through the decades and our newly acquired Fairbanks Cart with the pretty green paint.

Isn’t she pretty?

http://www.fairbankscasters.com/
from the website:

For more than 125 years, the Fairbanks Company has been shipping quality material handling equipment from our manufacturing facilities in Rome, GA. Our facilities encompass more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. To maintain our leadership role in the industry, we have modernized our facilities with the latest in robotic welding, electrostatic powder coating and CNC machining of wood parts.

These techniques have resulted in the expansion of our product offerings, making us a premier supplier of casters, wheel, handtrucks, platform trucks and dollies.

Late Sunday afternoon

After a very successful There’s More to Sea Art Show at Ocean Alliance, ( The Paint Factory), the sky was so awesome and there was a small cruise ship, I think it is the American Glory, leaving port.  The Beauport was also was cruising Gloucester’s Beautiful Harbor.

Cape Pond Ice

Cape Pond Ice Company

Published by Scott Memhard

We need your help! – This may be our last chance to keep Cape Pond Ice afloat & serving Gloucester’s fleet! PLEASE contact Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo & Alexander Strysky at MA MEMA to endorse our Cape Pond Ice project and plans ahead:

Before Fiesta we need Letters & E-mails of Support for: Cape Pond Ice Plant Moderization, Re-configuration, and Supporting Restaurant/ Fish Market/ Distillery/ Parking

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description: An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been filed with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs by Cape Pond Ice Company, LLC to renovate an existing 34,423-sf building to reconfigure and modernize the ice plant, add 33 parking spaces within the building and convert a portion of the building to a three-level, 15,300-sf restaurant. The project may also include a distillery. The project does not include any expansion of the existing building. The site is located on filled and flowed tidelands in the Gloucester Inner Harbor Designated Port Area.

Contact: Alex Strysky, MEPA Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
Email: alexander.strysky@state.ma.us
ph: (617) 626-1025 fx: (617) 626-1181

Mayor Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930
Email: stheken@gloucester-ma.gov
ph: (978) 281-9700

Thanks!

After 170 years, we don’t want Cape Pond Ice to end up “on the rocks” like the scalloper Artemis, or lost at sea, like the Andrea Gail!

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description:

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

The Launch

Over at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Friday, these great 8th graders launched 2 more boats.  The faces on these kids speaks volumes of how much fun and educational this experience is.  The teachers who were there, I wish I had them in 8th grade.  Thank you to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for all your experience and to Teacher Dave Brown and Amy Donnelly for your dedication to these students.  It was also so wonderful to see Harold Burnham watch some future boat builders launch their creations.

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Gloucester 8th graders making their boats at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Last year I went over there to take photos of this great way to help students learn a new skills. Amy one of the teachers invited me back.  It is fun to watch and learn. The teachers at O’Maley and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum are really great.  On Friday, they will be launching this boats.

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