Something Fishy

Welcome to Provincetown Harbor

We traveled with Tonto’s Reward to Provincetown from Boston. The entrance to the harbor is easy to locate, courtesy of this 252 foot Pilgrim Monument. It’s the tallest all-granite structure in the US.

Provincetown or P-town, MA

For your American history buffs, the Mayflower set anchor in Provincetown Harbor in November of 1620, eventually settling across the bay in Plymouth. Actually, the pilgrims were headed to the Colony of Virginia, but the strong seas caused them to turn back to the safe harbor in Massachusetts.

Apparently the Mayflower’s captain missed the memo: boating season ends on Columbus Day (October 12) – for a reason.

Summer population ~60,000; Oct – May under 3,000.

Main Street P-town

Most recently P-town was the center of a nation-wide media storm as thousands of people, driven indoors by the rain, gathered to celebrate 4th of July.  In response to the well-publicized Delta COVID outbreak, the town instituted a mandatory mask mandate, still in effect in September.

Fish N Chips trivia

Let’s talk about fish! Capt. Rick often asks the question – what type of fish is in your fish and chips?  The answer varies widely depending on your location.  At the Showcase Lounge in Seward, AK (my dad’s old hangout), the answer is fresh halibut, beer battered!

Halibut, Thorn’s Showcase, Seward AK

Did you know the British tend to add carbonated “sparkling water” to their batter to make their crispy crust?  

In Boston, at the infamous Legal Seafood, the response to Capt.Rick’s question was “a local fish called Tillop”. Well, for all you Floridians, if it sounds suspiciously like Tilapia, a cheap, shallow-water scruffy-looking fish, you order anything else.

Tilapia

At the fabulous Tin Pan Alley in P-Town – where outside seating is prevalent – in response to the standard inquiry our waiter chuckled and said, “Since you are in Cape Cod, the fish is DELICIOUS Cod, of course!” And he was right – it was some of the very best Fish N Chips on this adventure! 

Cape Cod, Fish and Chips
Cod, Artist Rendering, FishWatch.gov

So where is Cape Cod? In 1602, Bartholomew Gosnold, after catching a “great store of codfish”, named the outermost tip of land “Cape Cod”.  Initially, the area referred to what is now known as Provincetown.  Over time, “Cape Cod” extended from Provincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest, and is bordered by Plymouth to the northwest. Today, the Cape is divided into fifteen towns, several of which are in turn made up of multiple villages.

Cape Cod region

Thanks, Emily!

It was a pleasure to meet Emily O’Connell, longtime friend and advisor to the Bernstein’s, in P-Town. Thanks for the private tour, and for introducing us to the magnificent local food.

Pope’s Island, New Bedford – Hello Bella!

We returned to New Bedford, to connect with extended family.  Say hello to Tyler’s cousin, beautiful Bella Beales (David Hendry’s niece). 

Nicole and Bella
Waffle Cookie
Nicole (Hendry) Beales, Dan Beales and baby Bella.

It was spectacular seeing the Beales family. Thanks for making the drive!

As long as we are talking about fishy stuff, within easy walking distance of our marina we found Tuna Sashimi! Yes, it was as delicious as it looks.

Tuna-licious, Fathorm’s Waterfront Bar & Grille

Jamestown RI – Conanicut Island

Our next stop was Jamestown. Population 5,500 ish. A walk to the main town took about 7 minutes. Look at that BREATHTAKING blue sky! No filters!

Antique firetruck for Tyler

Tribute to 9/11

In Jamestown we found a precious tribute, with an actual section from the New York towers.

Tribute to 9/11, actual section from the towers.

Nearly 20 years have elapsed since the horrendous tragedy in New York. We all have stories of where we were on that day. The memories remain too vivid, the loss too great, leaving a permanent hole in our hearts. Together, we shed a few tears.

In honor of those we have lost, we hope you will take the time to watch and listen to the live performance by The Eagles – Hole in the World. Released in 2003, Click Here for the video.

Thank you, Uncle Larry, for the magnificent structure you created to commemorate those who lost their lives and those who were left behind.

photo by Derek Fulford

Fisher’s Island, NY

Nine miles long and one mile wide – the island had a great vibe, a small, quaint little stop. 

For Mike Gillespie – fishing for crabs with mini hotdogs.

Pequot – where the locals seemed freakishly tall. Maybe the ceilings were a little low in this fabulous gem, but it felt like the patrons – especially the women – could have been members of a basketball team. Reminds us of Copper River, AK – a TRUE local hangout, complete with never ending 70’s music.

Pequot fully stocked bar
Photo by Capt. Rick
For Craig – Flying Piglet

Power Guards – We were amused by the Hello Kitty and Invincible critters on guard. If you don’t recognize these characters, just ask your kids – that’s what I did 🙂

We leave you with the t-shirt of the day – from P-town

Inspired by Every Breath you Take, The Police (Sting), 1991.

Milestones: Birthdays: Eileen Pitel, September 10; Tony “Ynot” Rodriguez, September 15.

Shana Tova – (Have a good year) Thanks again, Megan, for the apple!

Next stop: Essex Island, Connecticut

Time for ice cream!

While Mary visited family in Arkansas, Rick and Maddie were left in charge of the blog. We hope you enjoy their adventures 🙂

Looks like ice cream for breakfast!

No Rules!! Anytime is Ice cream time!

Newport, Rhode Island

Maddie did so much walking she needed to rest her paws.

Cozy blanket courtesy of Gypsy, Sue Merritt

Maddie is always looking for a big tree.

A truly spectacular tree, worthy of a lot of dog pee.

Grandpa hates snakes, Maddie thinks they are cool, thanks Chris M. for sharing your childhood memento. 

Touro Synagogue – Newport, RI

Fun facts:  Built in 1759, the second oldest American Synagogue (the oldest is in New York, of course). 

The earliest known Jewish settlers were from Barbados.  Curious to learn more, click here for a virtual tour: http://jewishhistory.com/TOURO/

Boat for Sale – Steven with a “v”, this could be your next boat! W Class W.22 $189,000, trailer included.

Then and Now: Tales from the Big Chair.”  The 19-foot Windsor rocking chair marks the entrance to the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. 

What do you think, Dana, will this one fit in your cockpit?

Speaking of family – introducing our new boat mascot, Ruth Gins-bird.

New Bedford-Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier

Now that’s a safe harbor!

The largest structure of its kind in the world. This unique hurricane barrier is the ultimate proof of Murphy’s Law as it has never been hit by a Category 3 hurricane.

Built in 1966 it cost $1,000 a foot, is long enough to span the 3.5 mile width of New Bedford, MA is as high (and is wider) than The Great Wall of China, and has enough steel in it to build a Navy destroyer. Its two huge steel navigational-sector gates weigh 400 tons apiece-each 35 tons heavier than the biggest locomotive ever built-and each as tall as a six-story house.

When the gates swing shut at the touch of a button to lock out devastating storm tides, they create a pond inside the barrier which could cover 6,500 acres of land with a foot of water.  To learn more:  https://www.westislandweather.com/thehurricanebarrier.htm

Fishing Fleet, New Bedford, MA

For more than 20 years, New Bedford has been the nation’s highest-grossing commercial fishing port.

In 2019, New Bedford reported $451 million worth of fish hauled in by its boats. The number one catch? Sea-scallops 84%.  The second-ranked Port is Naknek, in Bristol Bay Alaska, which had $289 million worth of landings. The number 1 catch is salmon.

Sunset with Geese

Full Moon

New Bedford full Moon. Or is it an anchor light?

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Established in 1903, the well-funded museum is overwhelming.

Mr. Wikipedia says, its collections include over 750,000 items, including 3,000 pieces of scrimshaw and 2,500 logbooks from whaling ships, both of which are the largest collections in the world, as well as five complete whale skeletons

Sandwich, MA

The marina is scary, at best, with a strong current and a tide swing of 11.5 feet. Just imagine, these pilings were almost submerged when we docked, making it a tricky maneuver, now they are over 10 feet high; Exhale was “sandwiched” into a narrow slip.

The oldest town in Cape Cod, settled in 1637, it is named for the seaport Sandwich, Kent, England.  Yes, there is still an Earl of Sandwich in England.   

This is for Maureen – can’t make this stuff up

Hugs and Kisses for my family.  Introducing my youngest cousin, Cali.

Next up:  Gloucester, MA; coming on board – Gail and Greg Doyle!

Celebrating Milestones. Birthdays: Ann Hughes, June 22; Mike Gillespie, June 23; Joe Occhino, June 26; Anniversary: Jamie and David Hendry, June 27.