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Page 2 THE QUODDY TIDES 13 January, 1984 Low interest loans available to fishermen The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that a $3 million emergency, low-interest loan program is in effect to help fisher- men avoid default on fishing vessel mort- gages. Basic requirements for the loan program include that the vessel be at least five net tons and the mortgage must have been used to finance the building, rebuilding or reconditioning of new vessels. $1 million has been earmarked for fishermen whose vessels are financed under the Federal Fisheries Obligation Guarantee Program. These fishermen may apply any time before June 1, 1984, but are urged to do so as quickly as possible. The remaining $2 million is reserved for fishermen whose vessels are not financed under the federal program These fisher- men may apply only during the open season, from January 15 through March 31. The loans carry a three percent inter- est rate and repayment maturity is up to 10 years. Loan applications will be considered in the order of their receipt. Since the loan funds are limited and are expected to be exhausted quickly, those applying soonest have the best chance of receiving a loan. Those interested in additional infor- mation about the loan program should call or write: the National Marine Fisher- ies Service, Financial Services Branch, 14 Elm Street, Federal Building, Gloucester, Mass. 01930/(617)281-3600. Notes from Boston Blue Fish Recent reports of the Boston Fishery Market News Report (Statistics & Mar- ket News Div., NMBS, NOAA), 10 Com- monwealth Pier, Boston, Mass. 02210 had the following notes: BOSTON LOBSTER MAR KET- Jan. 6, 1984 The supply of lobsters for the week was reported moderate. The reported re- ceipts of delivered lobsters were 89,000 pounds from Nova Scotia and 6,000 pounds from Maine. The demand was re- ported light-to-moderate all week. The market was reported stronger: The re- ported delivered prices on the Canadian lobsters were $3.60-3.65 on Wednesday and strengthened to some $3.70-3.80, some lower on Friday. There were too few quotes to establish prices on the Maine lobsters. Notices to NEW ENGLAND-ICE CONDITIONS- CAUTION CONCERNING AIDS-The formation of various types of ice along the New England Coast and its rivers, and ice movement caused by wind, tides and currents may result in floating aids to navigation being extinguished, off sta- tion, or missing. Fixed aids to navigation may be destroyed and drawbridges ren- dered inoperative. Icing on buoys may result in their being partially submerged and/or misleading as to color characteris- tic and numerals may be missing. Sound signals on buoys may be inoperative. Be- Investigation of groundfish & scallop competition in N.E. At the request of the United States Trade Representative (US/R), the United States International Trade Commission has instituted investigation No. 337-173 under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)), for the purpose of gathering and presenting information on the competitive and economic factors affecting the performance of the North- eastern United States groundfish and scallop industries in selected Northeastern U.S. markets and will analyze these in- dustries' competitive position in these markets. Specifically, the Commission has been asked to develop the following informa- tion. with an emphasis on but not limit- ed totbe Canadian and U.S. industries: Government assistance to the fisheries industries; fisheries resources and their management; production levels in the harvesting and processing segments; volume of trade; industry integration; employment; product prices; financial structure of the harvesting and process- ing industries; the effect of exchange rates and tariff and non-tarrif barriers on the flow of trade between the two countries; the importation of other pro- duct types, like frozen fish blocks; and trade barriers of other potential Canad- ian export markets. A public hearing in connection with the investigation will be held on Septem- ber 5, 1984 in Boston, Mass. and on Sept- ember 7, 1984 in Portland, Me. All inter- ested persons shall have the right to ap- pear by counsel or in person, to present information and to be heard. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed with the Secretary, U.S. Internation- al Trade Commission, 701 E. Street NW, Washington. D.C. 20436, not later than noon, August 29, 1984. In lieu of or in addition to appearance at the public hearing, interested persons are invited to submit written statements concerning the investigation. To be en- sured of consideration by the Commis- sion, written statements should be sub- mitted at the earliest practicable date, but not later than August 22, 1984. All submissions should be addressed to the Secretary at the Commission's office in Washington, D.C. For further information contact Mr. Doug Newman or Mr. Tom Lopp, Agri- culture, Fisheries and Forest Products Division, U.S. International Trade Com- mission, Washington, D.C. 20436, tele- phone 202-724-0087 or 202-724-1759, respectively. Mariners cause of ice condltmn and without prior notice, certain lighted b/aoys and sound buoys may be removed from station without replacement, whereas others may be replaced by unlighted buoys. During storms, ice formation at radio- beacon stations may reduce the strength and operation range of the radiobeacons. Mariners are cautioned to exercise discretion in using aids to navigation in areas where ice conditions are known to prevail. Reference: LNM 52 (CG Boston) 20 December 1983. The Tafera//Log I am very grateful to Mrs. French for her enthusiastic acceptance of this col- umn, also for the publication of my rather lengthy articles over the past dec- ade. Reader response has been very grat- ifying. Acknowledgement and praise has been in both written form and personal compliments. In the months ahead, I plan to cover a wide range of topics of marine interest, livened up occasionally with a little hu- mor and down-home Maine folklore. Though my seafaring experiences have ranged the far reaches of the oceans of the world, they all began at the early age of eight in the Quoddy area. As a youngster, I got my sea legs by lobstering, ground fishing, knocking a- bout on some of the herring carriers, then, through the good graces of my grand- father, Captain Ern Wallace, I was priv- ileged to tag along on pilotage trips in large coastal schooners, tramp steamers, tankers and ocean-going tugs. Needless to say, when I was old enough to leave home, I was eager to join the Coast Guard. At the age of 19, I set out for Staten Island, N.Y. to enter that branch of the service. Enroute I encoun- tered a pro-naval minded gentleman who persuaded me to try the Navy instead. A six year hitch in the Navy versus a three year hitch in the Coast Guard took fur- ther effort to acquire my parents consent. Thirty years later, my naval career drawing to a close, the salt water was still coursing strongly in my veins. I pulled a few strings in attaining a billet as purser aboard a Grace Lines passenger ship, then chickened out the last minute, opting to remain in the Navy for maximum pen- sion benefits. Even after retirement, the jcall of the sea drew me nigh onto a sec- ond career with the Military Sea Trans- portation Service as purser on a civilian- manned naval vessel. Lacking the desire to forfeit a sizeable portion of my hard- earned pension, I reluctantly abandoned that idea and settled for some guest cruis- ing in Coast Guard cutters with my brother-in-law, Master Chief B oatswain Mate Alexander Sneddon. Alex skippered the 82-footer Point Herron, out of Fire Island, N.Y. We would patrol the offshore areas of Long Island, occasionally ranging as far east as Block Island, R.I. and as far south as Cape May, N.J., and in one special trip transitted the Delaware River as far as Philadelphia. Normally, the primary mission was search and rescue and frequently neces- sitated towing of disabled craft to port. On one occasion, when I was not a- long, Alex had a call that a scallop drag- ger, out of Yarmouth, N.S. was disabled and taking on water. From a point well over a hundred miles offshore, Alex tow- ed the dragger to the mouth of Fire - Island Inlet. When he slipped the towline for a 44-footer to take the dragger to a shallow-water berth for repairs, the drag- ger's skipper was dismayed at this pro- cedure. His assessment of the Coast Guard's duties was likened to the role of salvage tug, which, too often, is a mis- conception of the Coast Guard's prime mission of search and rescue. Neverthe- less, he expressed his gratitude by heaving a plastic bag full of shucked scallops over the side, which Alex gratefully hauled. by L. C. Burns aboard to suppleme.nt the cutter's menu. Alex, who was formerly stationed at the West Quoddy Head Coast Guard Sta- tion and Lighthouse, is now retired an, like myself, has settled into a routine of reminiscences. Though a Navy man at heart, 1 am still partial to the Coast Guard and often reflect on that illustrious " branch of service. It was only recently that I came to. realize that the World War II Coast Guard Cutter Cobb was the former Eastern Steamship Lines Governor Cobb that made regular runs between Boston, Lubec and Eastport. She was skippered by Jack Ingalls, who also was skipper of the 'Governor Dingley. One evening, during the twilight days of the Eastern Steamships, we were below West Quoddy, inbound for Eastport, in a four-masted schooner. We approached, close aboard, the Governor Dingle), bound for Boston. I can still hear the friendly exchange of hails and farewells, though they faded into oblivion with the demise of the schooner and steamship trade Down East. U. S. Coast Guard Eastport Unit The Eastport Coast Guard Unit re- ceived a call from Fundy Traffic Control on January 2 saying that the Pilots As- sociation had requested the Coast Guard to stand-by a freighter that had lost its steering and dropped anchor. The pilot was concerned that the anchor might drag. The Coast Guard responded and stoott by while repairs were made to the ship's steering. Seaman Curtis Hendershot is at Mar- ine Law Enforcement School at Otis, Mass. He will then leave for two weeks of leave at his home in Ohio. FOR SALE BY TENDER 1. Fishing Vessel 35' long equipped with 350 cubic inch gasoline engine and 24 mile Furuno Radar. 2. Located at Wilson's Beach, Campobello, N.B. 3. For further information phone 752-2369 between 9 and 5. 4. Bids to be submitted by sealed envelope to P.O. Box 180, Wilson's Beach, N.B. E0G 3L0. 5. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. 6. Bids will be accepted until January 31, 1984. e STEVE'S WELDING Campobello Island, N.B. 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