I was awakened at 2am by a Barred Owl or as is commonly known a hoot owl. I was really unsure as to what I was hearing, it was a bit eerie and a new resident for our woods. I have never heard one out back.
The Barred Owl recording above is typical and had me wide awake.
“Who cooks for you ?”
It was really nice to listen to him.
So I was up and it’s time to get back to writing, especially with boating season drawing near.
This is the Ferdinand Hassler a NOAA survey ship and it’s home port is New Castle, NH.
It is a brand new vessel for the survey fleet with a catamaran design. The keel was laid in 2007 and the vessel had some issues during it’s construction relative to it’s draft. I bookmarked that article some time ago. I was very surprised when this vessel showed up on the Seacoast and have been checking the AIS site from time to time to see when she would begin her local mission. It was designed for the Great Lakes and the Gulf so perhaps sea state is critical for a good survey when operating in the North Atlantic.
NOAA had an issue with the deadweight of the vessel and pulled it from one shipbuilder and had another complete the job. The complete story can be read on the link below.
So the owl had me up and I checked on the Hassler and guess what! She was busy this morning off Hampton/ Seabrook. She has been tied up at the dock in New Castle since the Fall.
click to enlarge screen shot taken early this am.
The blue ship icon is the tug Peggy Winslow of Portland ME headed for the Merrimack River, it is now stopped just outside of Newburyport. There are several tugs engaged in the Whittier Bridge project . Initially given the tugs location I thought there might be a tow being set up.
The survey pattern that the Hassler is executing is interesting to me since reading the news about Seabrook Station today, but perhaps the Hassler is just checking it’s systems before the start of the survey season.
A seismic danger is one thing for sure, but there are Nuclear plants on Lake Michigan that are struggling with low water levels at their intakes, today. This is a very serious issue and it affects the National grid, all of us.
Nuclear plants cannot be sucking air. If there is not enough water over the intake head pressure must be reduced, this means the plant is not operating at peak efficiency.
“Just move the intake”
“We are talking about billions”
I have a mission for the Hassler that would be very interesting as long as it’s nosing around the inshore areas.
PS I was discussing the transition in America from draft horses with my Aunt(92) who added “You know our first refrigerator was delivered by horse and wagon in E. Boston.”
“The Coast Survey Research Vessel Bay Hydro II will survey critical areas in central Chesapeake Bay. The NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler will survey a possible wind turbine site in the approaches to the Bay. Before Hassler does that, however, it will survey off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H., to acquire data that will contribute to habitat mapping and to the state’s effort to locate sand resources for beach replenishment.
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson and NRT5 will survey in Long Island Sound, in support of the multiyear, multistate, multi-agency Seafloor Mapping Initiative. Thomas Jefferson also will perform Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy recovery work.
Finally, Thomas Jefferson and Hassler will survey an area offshore of Rhode Island Sound to identify a safe route for deep draft oil tankers. The area is also a potential site for wind turbines.”