Saturday, 21 February 2009

Ice With That Sir ?


Don't want to panic anybody - but. I gather that the North West passage is a doddle in these days of global warming. Gone are the days of the Karluk getting caught up in the polar ice off Wrangel and being spewed out 18 months later into the North Atlantic - cool way to circumnavigate. This picture is of the beautiful little harbour at Rockport MA taken early January last year, this was shirt-sleeve & Martini weather. Talking to one of the local fishermen doing a bit of winter maintenance on his boat it transpired that this harbour is normally locked in the grip of two foot thick sea ice for three months of the year !! Rockport is at the tip of Cape Anne, just up the road from the grimly famous fishing town of Gloucester, home base of the ill-fated trawler and so evocatively set out for us in The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. VERY tough bunch. MORE HALIBUT !

3 comments:

Peter Ashley said...

MORE PICTURES! I want to drive up there NOW, with Sweet Baby James on the CD player and a Marlboro Red on.

Diplomat said...

tell you what - if we went a little earlier, say '63/'64 we could drive up the coast from new York, stop in at Newport RI and pick up JoanBaez and Bob Dylan ..........

Jon Dudley said...

...and hop over to the unfeasibly named Vinalhaven to pal up with Robert Indiana...lobsters to die for at The Coal Wharf. Of course we would have visited LL Bean to dress ourselves suitably before any of this.