P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
October 9, 2002
The October days finally became sunny and dry enough for George Brown to bring his crane
in and lift the hardtop onto the Cherokee. The crew helped ease it into position, and set
it down in place. Now the top is getting adjusted and attached permanently.
Transporting the Hardtop
Easing In and Setting Up
Kerry, Jeremy and Bill continue to sand, varnish and paint interior cabinets and rooms.
They're also sanding and priming the bead board walls in the forward bunk.
Kerry Sanding Bedside Table for Master Stateroom
The bunk in the master stateroom is in place. Mike Sasser from Coastal Canvas is shown below
figuring upholstery measurements and styles with Bryan.
Bunk Work in Master Stateroom
Tom Parker has made a lot of progress on the wet bar area, which includes not only trimming
out the cabinets but installing a large aluminum base that will support the hard top.
Galley Counter, Fridges, Dishwasher and Stove
Below Casey models the curvaceous galley entry way. The stairs enter into the galley from the portside
and take a luxurious sweep toward the center of the room. Note hardtop in background!
Dog in Stairway to Galley
FishDoc heard two unusual comments from fishermen recently. One came from
Willy Phillips of Full Circle Crab Company in Tyrrell County when asked to forecast
the Autumn crab season. "We're afraid landings are picking up," he said. "Which is the
worst thing that could happen right now." Why? Imported Asian swimming crab has undercut
prices, causing the over fifty crab picking houses in Eastern Carolina to dwindle to four
and leaving crabbers worried that they'll have a bountiful product that cannot be sold or
moved. The other unusual comment came from Tilman Gray of Avon Seafood, after he listened
to a biologist give a report on the recovery and good health of gray trout. "Well where
are they, then?" Gray asked. "Your models say the fish are there, but we've not seen 'em."
Fishermen are always contradicting scientists whose models show stock depletions ("Wait a
minute, we've seen more red drum this year..."), but how often do the fish show up in
a computer but not in the ocean? Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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