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  • Old Ironsides in New Bedford 1931
    by MLBaron on December 14, 2008 at 9:03 AM
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    USS Constitution went into Dry Dock #1 in 1927 for her most comprehensive restoration to date. However, in order to finance the massive work, which was first estimated at over $400,000, Congress authorized a nation-wide fund raising effort beginning in 1925. They targeted school children, asking them to donate their pennies. Within the first year, the children collected $148,000, and the restoration plans began. The young motion picture industry aided the campaign with Paramount Pictures releasing the silent movie "Old Ironsides." Another part of the effort included noted marine artist Gordon Grant, who created a painting of the ship under full sail. Over one million lithographic copies were sold to individuals and corporations; the original painting is part of the White House collection. Wood and copper removed from the ship were again made into souvenirs; ashtrays, bookends, and inkstands were some of the more popular items bought and sold to help finance the restoration. As the Great Depression hit the United States in 1929 fund raising became more difficult. With the restoration half completed and little money coming from the campaign, Congress appropriated the remaining monies. USS Constitution floated out of dry dock in March 1930, restored as close to her original configuration as possible. In order to thank the Nation for funding the restoration, USS Constitution embarked on a 3-coast tour (1931-1934), visiting 76 ports and hosting 4.6 million patriotic citizens. Video from the MLBaron historic archives. For more info on the USS Constitution visit: http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

  • West Island Storm Aftermath
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 4:25 PM
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    Motorists maneuver through the large clumps of seaweed deposited on the West Island Causeway from the December 12,2008 coastal storm. Braving the causeway with waves and sea spray crashing over may be exciting but it is devastating to a vehicles under carriage and body. One trip like this can add years (lots of years) to a vehicles wear and tear., along with electrical problems. (TIP: Don't buy a used car from West Island!)The causeway is only 3 feet above sea level., so when southerly gales approach with a full moon tide the causeway can become briefly impassible. However a potent hurricane can take it out significantly. For more details on this storm and live weather updates visit www.westislandweather.com

  • Sunset @ Fort Phoenix-at the Hurricane B...
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 3:56 PM
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    A spectacular sunset shot from Fort Phoenix Fairhaven,MA with the new Sony DCR SR220 Hybrid www.westislandweather.com

  • "SANKATY" Dockside, Fairhaven,MA
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 3:00 PM
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    SANKATY was the third former offshore supply vessel to join the SSA's current fleet as a freight vessel. This 1981 Rysco Shipyard vessel came to the SSA in 1994. Although SANKATY started life as a slightly larger vessel than KATAMA or GAY HEAD, she has not undergone the lengthening conversion of the other two SSA freight vessels (197x 40). Her initial conversion design by Boldcraft was more extensive in the realm of passenger amenities, and she is certified for 300 persons. SANKATY serves the SSA as a relief and standby vessel. She has a more limited vehicle carrying capacity than the other freight vessels and spends the majority of her service performing off-season overhaul relief. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available.

  • West Island Lobsterboat Sunk
    by MLBaron on December 12, 2008 at 7:20 AM
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    This sunken lobster boat south of the Causeway still has it's bow cleat and mooring rope attached. It was no match for the powerful southeasterly gales that hit southern New England this morning. (Dec 12, 2008)For more details of the storm and live updates on West Island weather visit www.westislandweather.com

  • 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

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