Thursday, March 25, 2010

On the Rocks in Parker's Cove - Part 2

After dinner tonight I hopped in the car with our five year old and headed over to Parker's Cove to see what had happened to the stranded scallop boat Papa's Boys since yesterday. In all honesty, could you imagine something more exciting to a five year old boy than a shipwreck near his home? Since I was last there, the tide had come and gone a couple of times and it was not raining but, pretty well everything else remained the same. There were still lines of cars along the road and people gathered on the shore. People were still quietly chatting almost like they were at the scene of a traffic accident. Most importantly, the Papa's Boys was still stuck on the rocks and leaning over to its side.

I will warn you that much of this next paragraph is constructed from conversations I had while I was over at the site. Evidently, an attempt was made to free the boat during the high tide last night. The fuel had been emptied from the boat to both lighten it and prevent a spill if anything were to happen. Witnesses told me that it righted itself momentarily and tipped to the port side before coming back to rest in its previous position. After a night in the strong winds and waves, a few holes have been knocked in the hull and it has started to take on water. Folks standing on the shore were saying that another attempt to get the boat off the rocks will be made on the high tide tomorrow morning. If that attempt fails a few more days of being battered in the Bay of Fundy tides will not help the seaworthiness of the Papa's Boys.

The final photograph in this set was taken from the beach where the boat is stranded as the sun was setting on the Bay of Fundy. While the sight of the helpless boat is a rather sad one, this is still a beautiful location. Sadly the setting sun may be a bit prophetic for the situation we were looking at.

All for now,
RGS




















2 comments:

  1. what is the latest news on the papa's boys is she off the rocks yet

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  2. Please do not take this as the final word since I have not been over to the site since I made this post last week. I have heard that the Papa's Boys is still on the stone beach and is not likely to move any time soon. While the top still looks good, the winds and tide have apparently knocked holes in the hull. We can probably start thinking of this one as a wreck or at least as an insurance write off.

    RGS

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