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Lobster Pots and Other Events...

8 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 01 2015 Dec 1, 2015 December 01, 2015 4:00 AM December 01, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Lobster pots are identified with a tag, noting the owner and port of origin. In 1990, a Korean container ship bound for the United States experienced treacherous weather and 80,000 Nike shoes were swept overboard.  Oceanographers used the shoes as “tracers,” providing validation of ocean currents. Shoes from the shipment are still retrieved on beaches from Alaska to Oregon and Hawaii.  In 2010, in Waterville, County Kerry Ireland, Rosemary Hill retrieved a lobster pot including a plate depicting the name, Richard F.Gueiredo.  The plate came from the Andrea Gail, showcased in Sebastian Junger’s book, “Perfect Storm”. The pot was adrift since October 1991 when it capsized, killing all on board. The pot drifted for 20 years over 3,000 miles of ocean. With an end to Hurricane Season 2015 , other historical weather events for the end of November and the first of December include extremely cold weather on November 29, 1831, that led to the closing of New York’s Erie Canal through December.  On December 1, 1969, an island was submerged from a stalled low pressure system in the Hawaiian Islands near the French Frigate Shoals. Three feet of water covered the 300 foot-wide Tern Island causing the evacuation of the Coast Guard station. In Claiborne Parish on December 3, 1962, tennis ball sized hail covered the ground and chipped sidewalks in Goodwin as 40 mph winds tore off roofs.

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