hauling back, clearing the deck and setting out on a sea scalloper off of cape cod Ma.
Bringing back the dredge after a tow.
Cutting Scallops Andrew & JT
Newsviner ish2dant's dream boat, the mighty F/V Endurance, has set a record in New Bedford, the nations number 1 seaport. His six man crew worked twenty four hour's per day, for sixteen days. Dock, to dock. All hand's, including, Captain Jeff Murray!
Generating an average of 4000 lbs of scallops per day, the pace must have been brutal. The determination, and teamwork to pull this off is a testament to loyalty, and respect. For a skipper to operate with six men and achieve a trip like this is unheard of.
The final tally was 62,000lbs! In sixteen days! A bag of scallops, bore heads favorite seafood, weighs 40lbs, for at whopping total of 1550 bag's of white gold! Breaking it down further, thats 100 bags per 24 hours, dividing that by 2 again to represent two 12 hour shifts equals 25 bags per six hour shift! Twenty five bags per six hours?? Holy Mackerel! er, Scallops!
I'll tell ya. Its a mind blower, knowing what is involved in the fishery, and it just makes me shake my head.
Those Deadliest Catch guys have it tough, but I know, they have nothing over ish2's crew. These numbers are astounding and it could only be possible if everything was choreographed perfectly, and precisely, with not one wasted move.
They were fishing in an undisclosed location somewhere of the coast of New York, and if you're nice to ish2, he might disclose coordinates, in case you decide you'd like to go get your own!
Time at sea was verified by the tracker system required by NMFS to track and time trips for all commercial fishing vessels.
This vessel, Endurance was built at http://duckworthsteelboats.com/ Tarpon Springs Fla, in 1983. I was still fishing at the time, and recall some info published in National Fisherman Magazine. A search for info was futile so recollections should surfice, and when ish2dant responds to the article, I'm sure he will correct, and enhance the vitals of this big brute of a boat.
I do recall her, as I dreamed of fishing on her. She was originaly built, and launched by F J Ohara of Rockland Me.
The one feature that stands out to me was, she had a big EMD engine for main propulsion. A gaddamn freight train engine!
I guess I wasn't the only one dreaming of her, as ish2 saw her, and dreamed of owning her one day.
His dream came true!
I will update this article with information as I receive it, and I hope that you ask ish2dant questions about the trip, the gang, the mechanics of operating such an enterprise. This is a great opportunity to learn, and make a new newsvine friend!