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  • West Island Storm Cleanup
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 7:17 AM
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    Fairhaven BPW crews clean up storm tossed seaweed and other debris off the causeway. For more on the Dec 12 storm and live weather updates visit www.westislandweather.com

  • West Island Lobster Boat in Storm
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 4:11 AM
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    A Maine style lobster boat rides out the strong southeasterly gales., south of the Causeway to West Island. Winds have gusted to 50 MPH. Video by Mark L. Baron Jr. For more details of this storm and live updates visit www.westislandweather.com

  • West Island Causeway Storm
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 3:53 AM
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    One small boat is battered against the rocks (Update-this boat was saved and brought to Hoppy's Landing) while another to the right-is sunk with only it's bow bobbing up and down. The causeway to West island is only 3 feet above level. It can become a destructive battering obstacle for vessels that break away from their moorings. For details on the storm go to West Island Weather Station Data Log.

  • Freighter enters New Bedford Port
    by MLBaron on December 6, 2008 at 2:05 PM
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    The cargo freighter "CAPE BELLE" registered to Monrovia enters New Bedford-Fairhaven Harbor, Sun Nov 9 11AM. The ship was escorted by a New Bedford Police Boat and assisted by tug "Miss Yvette" registered in Boston,MA. It later was tied up on the north side of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge. When the refrigerated cargo vessel Cape Belle broke down in Buzzards Bay earlier this month, a local tug boat towed the ship into port for repair. Overall, the incident probably contributed $50,000 to the local economy, Mr. Bernier said. He estimates that each reefer that makes a port call injects about $1 million into the New Bedford economy. Attracting refrigerated cargo vessels to the port is "an important component of our effort at trying to expand import and export trade," Ms. Decas said. Standard-Times 11-30-08

  • Union Wharf, Fairhaven,MA
    by MLBaron on December 6, 2008 at 2:03 PM
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    For over 200 years, Union Wharf in Fairhaven has many stories to tell, from Herman Melville sailing from here on the whaler Acushnet to write his novel "Moby Dick" to the whaleship Charles W. Morgan that spent her last days in New Bedford Harbor until being towed to Mystic Seaport in November 1941. Union Wharf continues to provide valuable waterfront access to this busy fishing port. Large ocean going scallopers tie up along side the smaller lobster boats. www.westislandweather.com

  • Ft. Phoenix Fire Power
    by MLBaron on December 6, 2008 at 2:01 PM
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    Shortly before the War of 1812, Fort Phoenix was enlarged under the supervision of Sylvanua Thayer, who later became the "Father of the Military Academy" at West Point. In June of 1814, the fort helped repel an early morning attack by British in landing boats from the HMS Nimrod. Fort Phoenix was manned throughout the Civil War by troops who rotated duty between the Fairhaven fort and the newer Fort Taber in New Bedford. Eight 24-pound cannon were installed at the beginning of the war, five of which remain at the fort today. Fort Phoenix went out of service in 1876. In 1926, it was purchased for the town by Lady Fairhaven, Mrs. Urban H. Broughton of England, a daughter of the town's benefactor Henry Huttleston Rogers. Since then it has been maintained by the town as a public park. www.westislandweather.com

  • Walter Cronkite for Buzzards Bay
    by MLBaron on November 23, 2008 at 4:35 AM
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    Walter Cronkite of Martha's Vineyard graciously hosted this promo for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay in 1993. Produced by MLBaron

  • The USCGC EAGLE 1987
    by MLBaron on November 22, 2008 at 5:22 PM
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    The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) (ex-Horst Wessel) is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American government service. She is the seventh U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792. Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador. This video clip appeared in the 1987 Blessing of The New Bedford Fishing Fleet.

    by MLBaron on November 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM
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    The USCG Cutters Vigilant and Unimack had colorful careers and were prominent fixtures at New Bedford State Pier. First built and commissioned by the U. S. Navy in 1943 as a Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender, she served during WWII and saw action in the Caribbean. After the war she was transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard and performed duty on weather stations, fisheries, immigration, and drug interdiction patrols. She also served as a training vessel for reservists, U. S. Coast Guard Academy Cadets, and OCS Candidates. She was returned to the U. S. Navy in 1988 for decommissioning and final disposition. After serving her country and humanity for 45 years with dignity and pride, the U. S. Navy sunk her in 150 feet of water off the coast of Virginia to act as an artificial reef, where she continues her tradition of service by providing a habitat for wide variety of marine life. USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC 617) is the third of the Coast Guards RELIANCE class medium endurance cutters. She is the twelfth cutter to bear the name VIGILANT, dating back to 1790 when the original VIGILANT was built for the Revenue Cutter Service. The present VIGILANT was commissioned on October 3, 1964 at Todd Shipyard in Houston, Texas at a cost of 2.3 million dollars. From 1964 to 1989, VIGILANT was home ported in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In February of 1989, after twenty-five years of active service, VIGILANT was decommissioned to undergo an 18 month Major Maintenance Availability at the Coast Guard Yard. On November 16, 1990 she was again commissioned and proudly rejoined the active fleet at her new homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida.

    by MLBaron on November 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM
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    Ernestina is designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Originally built at the James and Tarr Yard in Essex, Massachusetts and launched February 1, 1894 as the Effie M. Morrissey, she has sailed on through the centuries to become one of six remaining Essex-built schooners. This video clip first appeared in the 1987 Blessing of the New Bedford Fishing Fleet.

  • The Fairhaven Project
    by MLBaron on November 19, 2008 at 3:42 PM
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    Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven, Mass., is partnering with the U.S. Department of State in ?The Fairhaven Project? a project aimed at building bonds of friendship between youths whose homes and communities have been torn apart as a result of political conflict and war. The project aims to give a hands-on vocational experience, combined with an up-close-and-personal bonding, with the supposed enemy at the same time. ?Since early American sailing history, Fairhaven has been a safe harbor for sailors. It?s no less so for this group,? said Bob Senseney of the Federal Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, which put the project together. Students will learn the basics of coastal navigation and seamanship and be challenged through a variety of team-building exercises designed to build long-term friendships and a spirit of reliance on each other as a community. They will also study marine ecology as a means of teaching the future leaders of these countries that there are alternatives to violence. The inaugural program was run for three weeks in August 2008. Participants were filmed as part of an upcoming documentary. For more information, visit our website: www.thefairhavenproject.com

  • Fishing at Ft. Phoenix
    by MLBaron on November 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM
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    A couple of fisherman enjoy a mid fall evening at Ft Phoenix, Fairhaven,MA. The view is always spectacular from this vantage point and is a long time favorite site for wedding photographers, videographers and tourists.

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