Next Boattalk, July 8 10am Eastern time we will be sailing back into history. The Coast Guard recruited over two thousand private vessels at the beginning of World War 2 to patrol offshore looking for German submarines. Lots of good stories will come from this show. Attached is a link to a historic film about some of the boats. The film is 47 minutes long. a.s. nshof.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314&Itemid=28
It’s coming around again…the Boattalk Semi-dinner Cruise will be voyaging forth on the longest day of the year, June 21, leaving the Northeast Harbor Town Dock at 6PM for a three hour cruise on board the Sea Princess. WERU’s Boattalk guys will be your hosts while we tour several area boatyards, looking at them from the working side, with commentary as we go. We clear off the engine box and turn it into a moveable feast with everyone contributing pot-luck finger food to share. It is BYOB and don’t forget to BYOCamera as we often see eagles, osprey, dolphins, seals and Godzilla while exploring beautiful Somes Sound, the East coast’s only fiord.
Mike Joyce likes to sit with the crowd for some personal conversation while the other Boattalk guy, Alan Sprague takes the microphone forward for nitworthy nautical narration. Thanks again to Sea Princess Cruises for donating the Sea Princess which is fully covered and very stable. Check out their website www.cruiseacadia.com to see the boat designed by our own Giffy Full. Tickets are only $20 per person with children under twelve free. Just call Chris at WERU Community Radio during regular business hours at 207 469-6600 to purchase your tickets. The boat holds 50 people and twenty have already signed-up as of June 5th, so it may sell out early. It’s always fun and a great way to support non-commercial community radio. Hope to see you there. a.s.
Mike is back from his misadventures delivering two old tug boats to Mobile, Alabama…there’ll be some stories about that for sure. We will also be talking with some folks down in Bath who are building a replica of the first ship known to have been built in Maine. Oddly named the “Virginia,” it was of course built before Virginia was a state. Here is a link to their website: Maine’s First Ship a.s.
This month we will be talking about animals and boats. Noah is unavailable, but we will be talking with Peter Muilenberg, author of a “A Sea Dog’s Tale” centered around his family schipperke as they cruise the Atlantic. But that’s not the only tail we’ll have, and you are welcome to add your own. Tune in live Tuesday morning Feb. 11, 10-11am Eastern time to WERU-fm or listen on-line at www.weru.org and call-in 1 866 625-9378. If you don’t know what a schipperke is, here’s a photo, thanks to dogguide.net a.s.
Tuesday Jan. 14, 10am est promises to be interesting. We’ll be talking with our long-time friend Hank Halsted. Living in Newport, RI now, he grew up on boats and has been sailing ever since. He’s been a lot of places and seen a lot of things in a lot of different boats…it’ll be a lot of fun for the whole lot of listeners. Winter in Maine is a good time for sitting around the stove telling and listening to stories and you can join in also. Boattalk is a call-in show and we will be giving the number out during the show. Tune in on the web at www.weru.org or locally at 89.9fm Blue Hill or 99.9 Bangor. If you miss the show and would like to add a story, just contact us at this website and we can make arrangements. Stay warm. a.s.
On Boattalk Tuesday Oct.8, we will be talking with Patrick DiLalla who is the sailing coach with Rockland Community Sailing about getting youth interested in sailing. Giffy Full says he will be there and we will be talking with other people on the phone also. Other topics may include the America’s Cup and the next showing of the Raw Faith movie. It’s a call-in show, so who knows where we may go…always an adventure. www.apprenticeshop.org
When Mike and I were at the 2013 Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland recently, I talked with the nice folks at Sea Bags. They make totes and more from old sails. They take/trade old sails and dodgers to make them into new sailing gear. I hate the idea of throwing away all that material and am glad to find a way to recycle useful material. They can arrange a pick-up or shipping and help support sailing programs for kids too, so it is a win/win for everyone and the earth also. Check out their website www.seabags.com and save those sails from the dump. a.s.
Mike will be doing some romote reporting on the next Boattalk, Tuesday July 9, 2013. He is helping to deliver the Lewis Story, a replica of a Chebacco Boat which were common work boats made here in New England right after the Revolutionary War. The Story was built by Harold Burnham in Essex, Massachusetts in 1998. Mike is helping to bring her to Somes Sound for the Mt. Desert Historical Society. Looks like the weather is going to be a bit on the rainy side and the Story only has a small deck in the front for protection from the elements. We’ll probably hear about that and more when Mike calls in to Boattalk 10 am 89.9 fm in the Blue Hill area and 99.9 fm Bangor; also streaming on the web at weru.org. Mt. Desert Island Historical Society for a full listing of events including free sails.
The state of the state’s fisheries will be the major topic on the next Boattalk, Tuesday May 14 at 10am Eastern time. On WERU-fm 89.9 Blue Hill and 99.9 Bangor and streaming live at www.weru.org We plan to have Senator Denis Damon of Penobscot East, and Paul Anderson of Maine Sea Grant in the studio to talk about our problems with and plans for Maine’s Marine resources. As always it will be a call-in show, so we hope you will participate also. In addition we will be talking with David Galinas of Penobscot Bay Pilots about the Heavy Metal Boat Show happening May 18 in Belfast. Check out Maritime Day Website.