Thursday, January 28, 2010

Boats

I got back to the ferry dock to catch my boat back to the island a bit early on Monday. I had some time to kill so I thought you all might like to see some of the boats that call Gran Puerto home.

First we have the shrimper boats. They are easily recognizable by the long arms they use to troll for shrimp. They fold up when travelling or in port.

I'm not sure what the boat in front of them is. It says Tiburon II on the side. Tiburon meaning shark in Spanish. Come to think of it, it does really remind me of the boat that was used in Jaws. Just take away that cover in the back.




More shrimpers a little further out. I think they must have been docked because the harbor was again closed to any boat under 40 foot. But these are longer than 40 feet, I think. Maybe they were there dropping off their loads at the fish processing plant located next to the ferry dock.



Anybody who eats shrimp owes a debt of gratitude to these guys. Look at the condition of these boats that they take out onto the high seas. One guess as to whether or not I would ever go with them!




People ferries from Ultramar in dock for repair or temporarily out of commission.




Isla Mujeres as seen from the ferry dock. You have to look closely to see the little white spots on the horizon. It takes about 20 minutes to make the crossing.




Gotta go! Here comes my ride!


12 comments:

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Calypso said...

Where are the sailboats?

Anonymous said...

Re: Tiburon and Jaws. The boat from Jaws is a wreck on the beach in Menemsha, here on Martha's Vineyard.

Island Nana

Jackie said...

I love shrimp and I thank for guys for (I am sure) risking their lives in those rickety boats to bring me my shrimps.

Laurie said...

Great pics. Reminds me of the old shrimp boats from Cajun Country, where I was born. I love shrimp and I have been on a few rickety shrimp boats in my lifetime.

IslaZina said...

Reminds of of Forrest Gump. Thanks for the photo study.

Life's a Beach! said...

I used to call that the boat graveyard because I didn't realize the boats were still in use! Great photos!

Steve Cotton said...

I suspect you would not have enjoyed our full-day snorkeling boat trip last week. But you should come visit before I head north.

Anonymous said...

Now, THAT sounds like the Wayne of old .... happy health to you, my friend...

O Robert & D.

1st Mate said...

We've got shrimpers that look like that in Guaymas too. I guess they get a coat of paint when they're built and then that's it. Compare that to the US Navy where they're always painting anything that doesn't move!

lisa said...

mmmm shrimp sounds good by the way:)

Tom said...

I've seen Tiburon II tied up there also -just a guess, but she might be a type of long liner (sharks possibly)-they trail long lines behind them with baited hooks spaced every few feet. Then, after a few hours or whatever, they haul in the lines hopefully with fish caught on the hooks. The freezer on the deck would be used to store the bait. Couldn't see a 'hauler' of any type which would be used to pull the lines back in, but it could be hidden in the pic on the far side of the boat. The movie "The Perfect Storm' was about swordfish long liners. Could also be a 'seiner' or a 'gill netter', but that's a whole other story. :)