April 29, 1880
From the editor—
If ever an editor feels a lack of knowledge on general subjects, it is when he takes up his pen to describe the “vernissage” at a first-class milliner. Such a panoply of “ribbons and laces to enhance the face” and all that the more severe sex knows nothing about the use of, but knows well the cost of, are calculated to confuse and perplex the average man and render him incapable. to make a satisfactory report. We can only say that Mrs Chamberlain’s display of brand new merchandise was excellent and could not have been topped. Mrs. Crowell’s stock of spring and summer produce is comprehensive and that of Miss J. Ella Farwell and Miss Lucy Paine very fine and well selected. In all the shops the most exquisite taste was manifested in the fittings and in the general arrangements.
May 3, 1951
The radar ‘hooks’ in the fishing fleet
According to John Bunker in the Christian Science Monitor, radar installations are advancing at a rapid rate in the New England fishing fleet.
Despite the fact that this electronic aid to navigation is by no means cheap, about 100 fishing vessels, tugboats and other small craft are equipped with the “magic eye” of navigation, according to radar dealers here.
The Raytheon Manufacturing Company of Waltham manufactures a set specifically for the needs of small commercial vessels and reports “tremendous interest” in radar among New England fishermen.
Installation of Raytheon equipment was recently done on the 59-foot dredger Connie F. of Vineyard Haven, Mass., and the dredgers Althea Joyce, St. George, and Ethel C. of Rockland, Maine. The first Boston dredger to be so equipped was the Agatha and the Patricia. . . .
Radar attracts many small craft like the 65-foot lobster carrier Lynn, which runs between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Long Island, ferrying shellfish to market in New York. Thanks to the radar, the small freighter can respect its schedule despite the fogs that attack the coastal waters.
Tugboat Eileen Ross, which has been using it successfully for more than a year, was the first to be equipped with radar among Boston’s small craft. On one occasion, the Eileen Ross led a lifeboat through harbor fog to a beached tour vessel; on another, she acted as a “seer eye” with her radar for several local minesweepers who were caught in the outer harbor when a sudden fog washed out buoys and landmarks in the channel.
Although it costs a fishing vessel at least $6,000 to buy and install a new radar, captains consider the investment worth it in terms of the time saved traveling to and from port during periods of heavy fog. It also gives them a sense of safety on the banks when thick vapors obscure the fishing grounds for much of the summer months. . . .
Radar is the latest of several navigational aids that have become popular with the New England fishing fleet, primarily since the end of World War II, when surplus military equipment allowed some of the fleet to equip themselves at “advantageous” prices.
Most fishers working any distance offshore now have a ship-to-shore radiotelephone through which they can talk to coast guard bases and any point ashore with telephone service. They also have loran, to fix their position at sea with an accuracy that no other navigation system can match and depth recorders that tell the skipper the depth of the water wherever he is.
April 28, 1960
Citizens of Truro seek to keep beaches
Mainly for use by city dwellers
The Truro Park Commission is developing plans to control parking at all beaches in the town of Truro, and a petition for a special town meeting on the subject is being circulated under the sponsorship of the Park Commission and the Truro Neighborhood Association . The announcement was made jointly by Park Commission Chairman Sumner C. Horton and TNA Chairman Wilfred G. Slade. . . .
“With the opening of Route 6,” Mr. Horton said, “our beach parking facilities have been taxed more and more every year, and last summer the load was so heavy that many residents from Truro and summer guests struggled to get to the beaches in our own town. We believe it is essential to keep Truro beach parking available primarily to Truro residents, and therefore call for a special town assembly to authorize the necessary funds for monitoring and regulation. . . .
Mr Horton said the tentative plan being considered is expected to bring revenue roughly equal to expenditure through the sale of car stickers. These stickers would be free to Truro voters, ratepayers and year round renters. He also said the plan was being developed after studying the regulations of a number of towns with beach parking issues both on and off Cape Town.