A variety of videos captured at random on West Island.
ONE VESSEL - TWO HULLS The Whaling City Express inbound from Martha's Vineyard for its 4 PM arrival at the New Bedford State Pier, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 4 PM. *ML's Note: The close up shot shows the vessel's unique pontoon hull as it entered through the hurricane barrier. It's business as usual with the ferry schedule here: https://seastreak.com/ferry-routes-and-schedules/between-new-bedford-marthas-vineyard-ma/ MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
TowBoat US of New Bedford Marine Rescue is always on standby and nearby to assist, usually within minutes. TOWBOAT US / BOAT 4, on a routine call, towed in a disabled vessel into New Bedford Harbor, June 21, 2020. Captain Clint Allen, along with his crew and fleet of vessels have been serving Greater New Bedford and Buzzards Bay for years. Boat owners can subscribe to membership here: http://www.towboatusnb.com/ MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
David Geffen's $590-million superyacht to the rich and famous, RISING SUN entered New Bedford Harbor July 15, 2020 at 3 PM for a fuel stop. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Oprah have strolled her decks. (*Geffen may be the one on the ships bridge waving to people in the video. go to 1:29 in the clip.) The most significant harbor visitor since the old whaler Charles W Morgan in 2014, is expected to have a brief stay. The world-renowned superyacht will take on 70,000 gallons of fuel from Sea Fuels Marine at The Marine Commerce Terminal. "Great news that the Port of New Bedford is poised and able to accommodate this type of service." Liz Isherwood - Moore and Isherwood, Inc. *ML's Note: Ships of this size have entered the city before, especially the clementine freighters., however, this is one of the largest pleasure yachts to enter the harbor that I've seen. Some have disputed the ship's value to be exaggerated. It was also the 11th largest superyacht in the world in 2017. Hollywood billionaire David Geffen has been self-isolating on his yacht since the pandemic. The 495-foot yacht had been bouncing around the Caribbean the past few weeks.
OCEAN GOING TANKERS - The tug SIRIUS brought in two Noonan Oil tanker trucks on a barge into New Bedford Harbor. The unusual haul was brought in, June 10, 2020 at 3 PM. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
A ride to Homer's Wharf, New Bedford, MA with the natural sounds of this famous seaport dock. June 14, 2020. Take a ride through a flock of gulls and view New Bedford fishing vessels in rare idle time. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
THE MAD RUSH AFTER THE BRIDGE OPENS The New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge opened to traffic as viewed from the Route 6-east bound side, June 14, 2020. A few pans from left to right shows the traffic and sights of the harbor and businesses on Pope's Island. This bridge has been opening and closing for over 120-years. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
The passenger/vehicle ferry ANNA C. left the city harbor, June 18, 2020 at 1 PM for apparent sea trials after some maintenance in Fairhaven. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com Built in 1986 by Eastern Marine Shipyard in Panama City, Florida exclusively for Interstate Navigation Company owner John H. Wronowski. The vessel was designed by John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc., and is USCG, Sub-chapter “K” certified for 1285 passengers. The ANNA C. was originally designed to operate as the “winter boat”, and ran year-round on the Block Island run, until the ferry BLOCK ISLAND went into service in 1997. The ANNA C. was originally considered to be an improved design, from that of her near sister ship CAROL JEAN, which had served as the previous winter vessel. The ANNA C. was built with more horsepower, enhanced maneuvering characteristics, a greater length for increased vehicle capacity and insulated passenger cabins. The vessel features (3) Cummins diesel propulsion engines for a total of 3750 HP. The vessel is 190 feet in length, 98 gross tons, and features a service speed of 16.5 knots. The vessel may carry 35 automobiles, and utilizes a two-lane configuration for the carriage of commercial trucks and vehicles. The passenger cabins on the vessel feature food and beverage concessions, table and bench seating and standard bench style seating on the exterior decks.
Macray's Seafood operated in Westport, Massachusetts from 1957 to 1992. "My parents would bring us there on Sundays from Mattapoisett, passing a ton of other clam joints., but the trip was worth it. I remember the cars lined up on both sides of Route 6" Gary Bowman "A required ritual, after being at Lincoln Park all afternoon." Robert Cournoyer Vintage circa 1980 photo discovered of the famous Clam shack (Robert Cournoyer pic), the old clam shack (Tom Quinn pic) remains badly deteriorated at the same spot. I inserted a quick interview I did with Tom at the 1991 Fairhaven Homecoming Fair. From The Macray's II web site: "The name is a portmanteau of the names of the original owners—Tom "Mac" McGreevy and Ray Therien. One of the employees was a kid named Bob Lafleur, who started out at age thirteen picking up trash in the parking lot and eventually moved up to cook. By the time the shack closed in 1992 Lafleur was ready to run a place of his own, and when a storefront came available at 115 Stafford Road in Tiverton, that's what he did. But he figured why mess with success? He retained the name and all the recipes he'd learned from his former gig. Macray's Seafood II is the relaunch of a restaurant that operated in Westport, Massachusetts." This info compiled from : http://www.quahog.org/cuisine/index.php?id=249
FIRST TIME VISITOR: The Greek 538ft cargo reefer, "DITLEV REEFER" entered the port of New Bedford for it's first visit. The 16,950 ton ship was scheduled to unload several thousand tons of Moroccan clementines at the State Pier. The ship, registered out of The Bahamas was built in 1990. It's former name was the Ditlev Lauritzen, registered in Denmark. *ML's Note: Controlled by Chart World Shipping out of Athens, Greece, the reefer is affiliated with NYKCool - a Russian owned shipping company. The refrigerated cargo ship is the largest yet entering the harbor this season. November 17, 2016 at 11AM. Video from Wilbur Pt. MLBaron SkyWarn HD Video
Mike Coderre's adopted dog, he named, "HARLEY" from the Fairhaven Animal Shelter - a 1/2 poodle 1/2 beagle mix at 1 year old had the time of his life this beautiful and mild October day. "HARLEY" has his own custom leather Harley Davidson leather jacket, bike goggles and helmet. (The dog is safely secured on the back of the seat.) "He's enjoyed his third ride on the motorcycle around town and gets a few heads turning. "HARLEY" is perfectly content catching the breeze on the back of the powerful motorcycle. I just have to make sure he doesn't get distracted by seeing other cats and dogs and try to jump off and chase them" Mike said. Enter HD - Full Screen and turn on the sound for best quality. The Rescue Pet Program is active with pets always available for those seeking a friendly companion. Contact your local shelter, or The Fairhaven Animal Shelter at 979-4028
A mini-van rolled over into a ditch after hitting a patch of black ice Monday morning January 19, 2015 about 815AM. The incident occurred on a sharp curve on Goulart Memorial Drive in Fairhaven, MA. There was one person in the vehicle that sustained some minor bruises but had to be extricated through the windshield by rescue personnel. The driver was transported to St Luke's Hospital. MLBaron Video
"STORMY" The Snowy Owl looks down at me taking her picture. Perched atop the the Tower at Town Beach she certainly has a "bird's eye" view for anything she's interested in for breakfast meandering around the grassy beach front below. http://www.westislandweather.com/