The phone rang at 2:30am, it was my office informing me a fishing vessel would be at the dock by 3:00am! Knowing that the dock workers don't begin until 4:30am, I waited until 4:15am to arrive. I felt like I was the only human alive as I drove through town without seeing one car on the road. As I approached the dock a truck driver in an eighteen wheeler was starting up his engine,a large puff of smoke burst from the exhaust pipes. Backing into a parking spot I noticed cars and vans of workers arriving. I enter the building and into the office where I'm caught in a human traffic jam at the time clock. Not on their payroll I must wait to pass due to the narrow confines.
Finally I make it onto the dock, The side door is wide open and lit from the powerful floodlights of the fishing vessel. Workers begin their symphony of moving totes and vats as the unload begins. My day has begun!
Totes and vats of Dogfish.
"Caterina G." pulls away.
Very early morning.
Striper fishing at sunrise.
Lobsterman Mark Ring relaxing after greasing his bearing! Click here for the story: Good Morning Gloucester
View from "Jenny G".
"Jenny G" in Harbor Cove.
Lobster boats hover about waiting for the bait boat to arrive.
"Midnight Sun" in Harbor Cove.
"Midnight Sun" coming in to offload.
Relaxing in totes aboard the "My Girls II".
Totes filled with ice.
Happy Whale Watch passengers return.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!