The "New" Old Cart At The Dock @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

Here’s the "new" old cart Brian O’Connor found on Craig’s list in Haverhill and I picked up Friday morning.
The "old" old cart I claimed at an old industrial site in Chelsea and it was being thrown away about 20 years ago. I had no idea what the brand was, all I know is that it was extremely rugged. The type of rugged that could withstand the brutal saltwater conditions of a lobster dock year in and year out. In the Craigslist ad the man listed the similar "newer" old cart as a Fairbanks cart so I googled the company and found out they are still in business.
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.

THE "NEW" OLD CART

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You can see the difference between the "new" old cart and the "old" new cart in that the cart below has it’s main load carrying wheels based in the middle of the cart so if you place the load in the middle there is a even disbursement of the weight and makes it easy to move on the larger wheels. They call it a tilt style cart.  The "new" old cart has the two big wheels pushed further to the front corner of the cart and two big casters at the back.  In the "old" old cart you could turn it 360 degrees in place, with the placement of the wheels on the "new’ old cart it will be slightly less easy to maneuver but will make it easier to pull the crates off of the platform of the cart without the cart wanting to rotate needing for another person to hold the handles while the other worker pulls the crates onto the platform scale.  Also the weight bearing wheels on the "new" old cart are much larger.

Here’s the "old" old cart that has been used to offload millions and millions of pounds of lobsters over the past decade.

THE "OLD" OLD CART

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Something I Haven’t Seen Since 1989 At The Dock- A New Shipment of Wooden (read Not Wire) Lobster Traps @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

I’d say once a month someone calls the dock looking for an old used wood lobster trap they can put a piece of glass on and turn into a decorative coffee table.  The answer for as long as I can remember has been “The fishermen haven’t used wooden traps forever.”

Now with this load of wooden lobster traps it’s the first one I‘ve seen in a whole long time.

Bringing it back “Old School” at Captain Joe and Sons Lobster

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Chickity Check It!- “More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters”

Ancient, Predatory "Lobster" is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

From Gizmodo-

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory "lobster-like" creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.

As reported this week in the journal Paleontology, fossils of Yawunik were recently unearthed from Marble Canyon, part of the renowned Burgess Shale rock formation of British Columbia. This massive fossil bed holds specimens of many sea creatures that lived during the Cambrian period, the geologic era that saw a rapid diversification of marine life forms.

For the entire story and photos click here

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Journal reference: Paleontology

Lord Sith Lobster Landed At Captain Joe and Sons

We’ve had some crazy mutated lobsters landed at our dock over the years including albino, blue, marbled, calico but none that were separated at birth from Star Wars character- Lord Sith.

Separated At Birth?  You decide.

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Some previous mutant lobster landed at our dock-

Click below for the slideshow of all the mutant lobsters landed here at our dock.

We have more documented mutated lobsters here than any other dock on the planet!

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Change and Conflict in the Gloucester Fishing Industry Featuring Wicked Tuna’s Dave Marciano, Lady Jane Skipper Russell Sherman

Molly Ferrill came down the dock last May. She also did a time lapse video from our dock which you can see below and went out lobstering for a day with Tommy Burns, the same Tommy Burns who took out Ben Grenon. You can see those videos below her latest.

Molly fared a whole lot better than Ben did aboard Tommy’s boat as you will see comparing the two videos.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Lobster Tagged and Released on 9/21/12, Caught By our Lobsterman Dave Jewell Off Gloucester MA On 11/12/12

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Dave Jewell skipper of the Lady J came in a couple of nights ago and handed me this tag which was attached to a lobster and the coordinates of where he caught it off Gloucester MA on November 12, 2012.

There was a telephone number on the other side of the tag which I plugged into Google and it came up as the number to New Hampshire Fish and Game.  So I then Googled New Hampshire Fish and Game Lobster Tag and came up with this result

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So then contacting Josh Carloni from New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Lobster Tag program I asked him more about the program and if there was any info he could give as to where the lobster that Dave caught was released or if we could put together a google map to show how far it traveled from September 21st to November 12th-

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If you have a press release about it or a google map of where certain lobsters were released and where they have been reported, that would be something that would get people excited.  anything visual has great impact.

an interactive google map would be really fun.

especially if you can put this particular lobster on there from where it was released to where it was caught.

Dave caught the lobster at Lat/Long 42.41.8/ 70.25.4

This was the info from Joshua about when it was released and the program itself-

Joey,
That lobster was tagged on 9/21 near the Isles of Shoals (42 57.186, 70 35.823), it was a female spent egger with a v-notch and it was 93.8mm.  I just had someone put your coordinates into google earth and it appears that lobster moved 20 miles.  If you would like to add something to your blog that would be great.

We’re trying to identify areas in New Hampshire with aggregations of large reproductive females and then track their movement.  It appears the Isles of Shoals area has a large number of large females with eggs and we would like to know why they are there and their associated movement.  Though we’ll be looking a variety of other information from this study, this is the major objective.  We’ll also be tagging smaller females and some males so that we can compare their movements with the larger animals and identify if they’re undertaking seasonal migrations.

We hope to tag a total of 2400 lobsters by November of  2013.  So far we’ve tagged approximately 550 lobsters and we have recapture information from approximately 70 lobsters.  A couple of lobsters have been reported travelling to the Gloucester area and two more lobsters were reported in the Portland ME area.  We really want to spread the word so that fishermen will report tags when the catch them.  There will be a raffle held in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and winners of the raffles (three winners each year) will win a 50 dollar gift certificate to New England Marine Industrial or a Grundens sweatshirt

Dana Johnson Created This Google Map Showing Where The Lobster Was Tagged and Released and Where Dave Caught It 7 Weeks Later After Traveling 20 Miles-

Click Map For Larger View-

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My suggestion to Josh is instead of simply having a page where the fishermen can report lobsters caught with tags that he create a page with maps and info of every lobster released and caught with the names of the fishermen that caught them so they can generate more interest in the results with the fishermen as well as the general public and the people who are funding the studies.

Toby Burnham- The Seagull Whisperer

So yesterday this Homie was on the roof of Toby Burnham’s lobster boat The Jupiter II with a striper plug with it’s treble hooks stuck in its leg and abdomen.  it was stuck hobbling around and in obvious pain.

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Toby was inside the cabin oblivious to the condition of the seagull and when he popped his head out the seagull flew off the roof of the boat and onto the roof of our dock here at Captain Joe and Sons.

Toby grabbed a piece of herring and lured the injured seagull back down off the roof of the dock and just as the seagull got within striking range he snatched it by the tail and held it by it’s neck.

 

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Then grabbing a pair of metal cutters he snipped the treble hooks to remove them from the feet and abdomen without tearing the belly out of the seagull.

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Moments later he was on the deck eating a piece of fish scraps Toby fed him.

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A job well done just a week after his 50th birthday.

Nice work Toby!

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Nice work Toby!

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Christian Heeb, Photographer In Town To Shoot For A German Travel Book Swings By The Dock With Linn Parisi

 

Linn Parisi from Discover Gloucester swung by the dock with Christian Heed.  An incredible photographer who travels the globe photographing for big time publications.

Linn regularly guides influential travel writers around Gloucester with her FAM tours designed to give these writers a great sense of what our community is all about!

Check out his site www.heebphoto.com

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