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July 15, 2013

Some names in the news

If names make news, as they say in this business, here are some folks adding to the action in the public domain:

Harbormaster Paul Hogg’s recent regular report to the Harbor Commission was awash in statistics. Hogg said that there are 1,348 boats registered on the Newburyport side of the river. About 150 that are unregistered will soon get tickets for not maintaining current registrations.

Hogg also reported that a Raynham man recently bought the “ghost boat” that is parked ashore in Cashman Park, and the city will receive about $15,000 from the purchase. The owner lost his life when he fell into the river last fall, and the city took possession of the vessel when his family, who lives in Germany, did not claim the craft. Hogg also said that he has equipped the city’s new (free) 25-foot fire-police boat with a pair of Honda 225-horsepower engines. The vessel can be used fighting fires on boats in local waters.

Last stat: Coast Guard officials say the 295-foot long Eagle will visit Newburyport during Yankee Homecoming festivities in early August.

Here’s a nautical number of dubious merit: Paul Aziz, captain of the Yankee Clipper, says that his tourist boat can now carry only 42 passengers on the Merrimack, down from last year’s total of 49. Aziz says that Coast Guard officials have concluded that many Americans are “obese” and issued an order on maximum weights that pleasure boats can carry. “We had to recalculate, and now we can only take on 42,” said Aziz.

Harbor Commission members say they are continuing to look into the feasibility of doubling the size of the harbormaster’s headquarters to include bathrooms and showers for boaters. Among Harbor Commission members is Daniel May, a retired rear admiral (Coast Guard) who recently moved to town.

Brad Duffin may be the only chap in town who chairs two volunteer committees. He heads the Harbor Commission, and the Licensing Commission.

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