Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Merrimack River Dredging Update

Hurricane Igor may be way, way, way offshore but the high surf has interfered with dredging the mouth of the Merrimack: Dredging stalled by rough seas, broken part. Well, Igor and mechanical problems.

Putting on my tech writer (and geek humor) hat for a second, this is the first time I've seen the phrasal verb "to ground out" used to mean "to run aground". It's more common to see "to ground" used to mean to run a vessel aground. I got this mental picture of a batter hitting the boat on the ground to an infielder who throws it to first base. I'm trying to visualize the mouth of the Merrimack as a baseball diamond. First base at Butler's Toothpick and third at the lighthouse? How far upriver would you have to hit the boat for a home run?

Other Merrimack River news links:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

stuff in the merrimack -- dredging equipment

The dredging of the mouth of the Merrimack has begun. There's lots of equipment in the river between Salisbury Beach and the northern tip of Plum Island right now. The mother ship is The Illinois belonging to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. The Illinois is surrounded by satellite vessels of various types and lots of pipes and hose-like things. They're pumping the dredged sand from the river onto Salisbury Beach. I guess after Salisbury gets its share, they'll pump onto Plum Island. I made a quick excursion to Plum Island Point for a good view of all the cool equipment before heading down to Cambridge for Mass Innovation Night. Cool dredging projects always start the same day as Mass Innovation Night, right? :-) (See my tech writer blog for info on Mass Innovation Night: http://eganwriter.blogspot.com/)

The Illinois

It was hard to get a photo that showed how big the hose is. I kept hoping a kayak would paddle up next to it or something to convey the scale. The vehicles in the campground are too far away to really show the scale.

Big Hose-Like Pipe Thing Near the Campground

I wondered if any seals would haul out on top of the pipe instead of on the rocks or the beach. Probably not.

Pipe Near Butler's Toothpick

Pipes and Ships

Some press coverage of the dredging:

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PI Sunset

PI Sunset
Originally uploaded by Captain_Peleg
Sunset on a hazy evening last week, viewed from Stage Island.
Seconds later a flock of great egrets passed right in front of the pink sun, Too bad I missed the shot.