Air Bubbles

The Newsletter of the North Shore Frogmen’s Club

Volume 53, Number 2

February 2011

President’s Message - February 2011

Another winter month has past, one step closer to the summer. Hopefully anyone that enjoys skiing has hit the slopes; conditions must be great due to the 11 feet of snow we’ve had this winter.

Even in the doldrums of winter I encourage everyone to come to our weekly meetings. It is a great chance to grab some cheap dinner and a drink and swap old dive stories.

Upcoming events:

February 3rd (Victor Mastone) will be speaking about the battle of Chelsea Creek.

Boston NAUI Scuba Show will be February 26 in Marlboro and the Boston Sea Rovers will be March 3-5 at the Crown Plaza in Danvers. NSF will be manning a booth at both shows. We are still looking for volunteers to help man the booths.

I’d like to send a special thank you out to Fred Calhoun. Fred has offered free instructor training sessions beginning at 6:30 every Thursday at PCYC. These informal sessions touch upon dive theory and instructor test preparation. There is no fee for these sessions. Come on down Thursday nights at 6:30 and enhance your scuba knowledge!

D.O.M: This month I would like to recognize Claus Schmidt as diver of the month. As a recent member, Claus has taken an active role in winter diving. When you come out of the water and the ice instantly forms on your drysuit you deserve to be recognized!

M.O.M: I’d also like to recognize Dan Hering as member of the month. Dan takes on the role of membership committee month after month. This task consists of promoting club events via the internet, supplying information and membership applications to potential members, running

the NSF Facebook page, as well as many other silent tasks. Thanks Dan, we appreciate all you do for the club!


Coming Club Events

February 3: Presentation:

Victor Mastone of the BUAR on

the Battle of Chelsea Creek

February 10: Bottle and artifact display prior to bottle dive on February 12.

Winter Dives!!

Tony Vieira has offered to coordinate winter dives again this year. For the next few months, come to a Thursday night meeting to join the discussion on the day, time and location planned for that weekend’s dive. If you can’t make the meeting, or for updates, check Facebook or contact Tony to find out where Club members and friends will be diving.


President’s Message – pg. 1

Meeting Summaries – pg. 2-4

New Year’s Day – pg. 5

Calendar and Coming Events – pg. 6-8

January Presentation – pg. 8

Ski Schedule – pg. 9


The North Shore Frogmen’s Club

PO Box 3604

Peabody, MA 01961


President: Jesse Leslie Tel: (978) 335-1811


Vice President: John Sears Tel: 978-750-4745


Treasurer: Vinny Egizi Tel: (858) 342-3365


Secretary: Meg Tennissen Tel: (781) 724-0071


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Membership: Dan Hering

Newsletter: Mary Howard

Tel: (781) 944-1292


*Deadline for submissions* to the February 2011 issue

of Air Bubbles is

Monday, February 21

Please have all articles and information to the

Air Bubbles editor by February 21, 2011.

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Meeting Summaries

30-Dec -2010

Pizza Party beginning at 7PM.


Membership: Dan Hering – applications from Mike and Ellen Garvey of Swampscott read, motion made, seconded and passed to accept Ellen and Mike as our newest Club members.

No other Club business conducted.

New members Mike and Ellen at the Pizza Party

06-Jan -2011

Abbreviated Business Meeting for Presentation

Meeting called to order: 8:05 PM Attendance: 4 Officers, 19 Members

Guests: Claus Schmidt and Guest Speaker Fred Calhoun

Secretary: minutes not read Treasurer: report read and accepted.


-Membership: Dan Hering – application from Claus Schmidt, from near Cologne Germany, has been diving less than a year, went with us on New Year’s dive. Motion made seconded and passed to accept Claus as our newest member.

Dive Talk:

-28 people dove on New Year’s Day at

Ft Sewall. It was cold and fun, 37F, saw lots of baby shrimp or krill.

-Laura – Phillips Beach in Swampscott, with 5 people on New

Year’s Day saw lot of nudibranchs of various kinds. And of course she didn’t have her camera!

-Claus did an “into the New Year” dive, discovered that drinking champagne underwater is not trivial; it makes quite the noise when the bottle is opened underwater!

-Jack – 31Dec dove on the USS NH

-Claus – next Tuesday if anyone is interested – post on FB

General Discussion:

-Jes has been researching Sea Hunt series videos for about $40 know don’t need a vote, but would like to

run it past everyone. Mike L has the complete series and will lend it to us for movie nights.

Raffles: Dollars Box: Meg Tennissen

Mystery Prize: Jack Munro

Bug Bag: Mike Denneler

Presentation: Fred Calhoun spoke to the Club about regulators and regulator care and maintenance.


Meeting called to order: 8:08 PM Attendance: 3 Officers, 9 Members Secretary: Minutes read and accepted Treasurer: report not read

Announcements: Tony is trying to get the Salem PD to give us a presentation

Correspondence: Jesse received an email from Fred Calhoun who has offered to help possible future instructors, share knowledge and prep for exams before the meetings.



-2/3 – Victor Mastone of the MA Board of Underwater Archeological Resources will give a presentation on the Battle of Chelsea Creek

-2/10 – Graham will bring part of his old bottle collection from his dives.

-2/12 – Saturday – bottle dive from PCYC at 10:30

-2/26 – 60th Boston Scuba Show at the Holiday Inn in Marlboro

-3/4-6 - 2011 Boston Sea Rovers Clinic at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore Hotel in Danvers MA

-Easter Egg dive – Date tbd.

-7/18-24 – week at Pat and Annette’s in Vermont.

Old Business:


-2011 Banquet: we are waiting to hear from PCYC about having our banquet here this year, with tentative date of Dec 10. We will need a caterer if we do it here. We gave them a check to reserve the room; could use the same DJ as last year.

-We sent a check to Sea Rovers for a booth at the show. Tony has volunteered to man the booth, but we need more volunteers.

-Booth at NAUI Boston Scuba Show on 2/27: Best person to man the booth is Arnie, since he has articles for the booth. Fred has offered a free booth; people sitting at the booth need to purchase tickets. Could the club pay for 2 tickets for those manning the booth? Motion made to pay for a ticket for Arnie if he needs to have one, seconded and passed.

-For the Sea Rovers booth (and the Boston Scuba Show) do we plan to have any Club info, brochures? Some years ago we had a brochure; Paul will draft something for a new one. Tony has a connection for print shop prices. We should get at least something up on the website in order to have an online presence for the Club. Bill Werner has the framed articles, including the Life Magazine spread, some of which can be used for both shows.

New Business:

-Would like to schedule dates tonight for future events, ie beach meetings. St Patrick’s Day party? Theme party in the summer? Talk with PCYC to have a deck party in the summer? Or do it on a Thursday. 9th June and 7th Jul were chosen for beach meetings. Will check with Dodie to see if/when she would be willing to host the Easter Egg Dive Party.

Dive Talk:

-Jes dove Sat with Lewis and Lauren at Winter Island between lighthouse and boat ramp. Mostly mud, found a

20’ center console wreck that turtled.

There was heavy growth on it. Lower unit was off the engine so it probably hit the rocks. Once out

Lewis discovered he didn’t zip suit

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all the way; he flooded. Lauren’s neck seal not tight, she flooded. Planning dive this coming Sat off the beach to wreck from the 1700s – 11AM slack 1130-1230

General Discussion:

-VP John Sears is offering to place an order for fleece blankets with Froggy Logo like the ones we had this year for awards at the banquet. Will get a sign-up sheet, and require deposit. Cost will be around $30 each.

-Mike’s moments:

-Chef Gordon Ramsey decided to do

the big fish fight, looking for people who fin sharks, found big area in Costa Rica. People pointed their guns at him. He was asked to leave

-Off RI, the USS Revenge wrecked in 1811, did a lot in Salem – 200th anniversary of the wreck, it was discovered in 2005 in 15’ water.

-In Scituate Harbor, a small fishing boat ran into 600ft carrier; little boat sank, big one didn’t have a scratch.

Raffles: Dollars Box: Meg Tennissen Mystery Prize: John Marren Bug Bag: Graham Smith


Meeting called to order: 8:00 PM Attendance: 4 Officers, 15 Members Guest: Charlene C

Secretary: Minutes read and accepted Treasurer: report read and accepted.

Correspondence –

-Bob Boyle is sick and Undersea Divers is closed until Shawn returns from his trip.

-Barbara Warren Salem Sound Coast Watch – doing a short video section on eel grass and she is looking for pictures, video of eel grass. If anyone has eel grass shots, Paul can get you in touch with Barbara.


-Program: (also see last week’s notes)

-2/3 - Presentation on Chelsea Creek by Victor Mastone of BUAR

-4/? - Raymond Bates will give presentation on his book, Shipwrecks North of Boston, Jesse will firm up the date.

-6/9 - beach meeting

-7/7 - beach meeting.

-Membership: waiting on app from Charlene.

-Air Bubbles: Today is the deadline. Feel free to write an article, send in pictures, etc.

Old Business:

-Pay your dues.

-Vinny has made more courtesy cards; no map on the back.

-Tri-fold – Mike emailed Paul an old NSF flyer and Mary had one of the tri-folds. Paul drafted a new flyer and has examples tonight for review/edits. Please let Paul know if you have any any suggestions for formatting, printing, etc. Once we have our final design, Jes can go to Staples and get 100 printed out. John F got the last batch printed; should talk with John again. Working with a printer would probably be the cheapest unit cost. Need at least 100 for Sea Rovers. Suggested we go to a Vocational school for lower cost. They may want higher res photos.

New Business:

-Claus has an idea to do a trip to Dutch Springs in the summer, Jul or Aug. The quarry is 130’ deep, clear, with submerged helicopters. `Tony’s been there, paid 50/night for hotel. 6 hr drive

Dive Talk:

-Winter Island Jes and Lewis. Jes missed the wreck he was looking for; it was 34F, 50 min dive, scallops, clams, not bad. Lewis did 3 min dive, walked in water, swam out, went down…it was cold.

General Discussion:

-Jes asked Markus to restore old website, new one may be up tomorrow.

-5 digit number now required for lobster license and fishing licenses, two separate licenses.

-Thailand is closing diving because of coral bleaching – big write up on CNN

-Mike’s Moments:

-Wreck of the Queen Anne’s

Revenge, off NC, found hilt of a


sword that may be Blackbeard’s sword – checking if it is his.

-There’s a video online of a man holding an eel, if watch video, guy tortured it, the eel ate his thumb. Interesting video, the guy deserved it!

-Angel fish are among the most intelligent fish – discovered they can count up to 3, fish use it since there’s safety in numbers.

-In a Tennessee creak, a 5” crawfish found – this is twice the size of others they find.

-A bunch of oysters were put in Boston Harbor to filter the water – they can survive and grow, but not sure if they’ll reproduce.

-3 men from Chelsea and Revere were fined $1000 each in court costs for getting short lobsters in Salem Willows in Sept.

Raffles: Dollars Box: John Marren

Mystery Prize: Paul Sauvageau

Bug Bags: Peter Chapman and

Ray Porter


Meeting called to order: 8:35 PM Attendance: 2 Officers, 10 Members Secretary: Minutes not read Treasurer: report read and accepted.

Correspondence –

- Bob Boyle is home, not at work yet. Vinny spoke with him.


-Program: (see also last 2 weeks’ meeting notes)

-2/3 – Victor Mastone giving presentation on Battle of Chelsea Creek

-5/1 – Easter Egg Dive and Party

Old Business:

-Tri-fold – Paul brought flyer with more edits; he was given more feedback.

-Dodie offered to host the Easter Egg

Party on Sunday, May 1, so we’ll have our dive and party that day.

-John Sears is offering Froggy fleece blankets for sale. Contact him for more information.

Raffles: Dollars Box: John Marren

Bug Bag: ?

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Diver of the Month

for February


Claus Schmidt

who has taken an active role in winter diving

Member of the Month

for February


Dan Hering

who takes on the role of membership committee month after month.

Froggy Blankets

John Sears planning an order fleece blankets with the Freddy the Frog logo as pictured below. Let him know if you are interested and whether he should pursue this order. He will need a minimum order of 25 blankets. The projected price is in the neighbor-hood of $30. Place your order with John and give him a deposit of $10 for each blanket ordered.

Graham Smith received his award for his 2010 presidency at the meeting on January 6.


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January 1, 2011 – Our First Club Event of the Year

New Year’s Day Dive and New Year’s Day Party

Photos courtesy of Amy Maurer


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                Activities List          
- Feb 3, Thur   Presentation: Victor Mastone on the Battle of Chelsea Creek
- Feb 10, Thur Graham will show some of his Old Bottles at the meeting
- Feb 12, Sat   Bottle dive from PCYC at 10:30          
- Feb 26, Sat   Boston Scuba Show in Marlboro, MA        
- Mar 5-6, Wknd Boston Sea Rovers Show in Danvers, MA        
- May 1, Sun   Easter Egg Dive and Party          
- Jun 9, Thur   Beach Meeting          
- July 7, Thur   Beach Meeting          

>> For Sunday morning WINTER dives, check Facebook or contact Tony Vieira. <<


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Upcoming NSF Club Events / Activities:


The Battle of Chelsea Creek

Victor Mastone will give a presentation to the Club at the meeting on February 3. Victor is Director of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archeological Resources, part of Massachusetts Office of Coastal

Zone Management. “Established in 1973, the

Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) is the sole trustee of the Commonwealth's underwater heritage, promoting and protecting the public's interests in these resources for recreational, economic, environmental, and historical purposes.” (Section in quotes is from the website:

Victor has worked and/or is working on several projects related to Underwater Archeology in Massachusetts. These include but are not limited to work on the following projects:

-Nipmuc dugout canoes found in Lake Quinsigamond

-Search for the old lighthouse at Minot’s Ledge destroyed in a storm in 1951

-Searching for Babe Ruth’s piano in a pond in Sudbury

-The Battle of Chelsea Creek

The Battle of Chelsea Creek, May 27, 1775, was the second military engagement of the American Revolution. At the current time the area where the battle took place are now parts of Chelsea, Revere, East Boston and Logan Airport.

Come hear Victor speak about research on this battle at our Club meeting on February 3, 2011 at 8PM at the

Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club, Leavitt Street in Salem,


Bottle Dive 2/12/11

Graham is planning a winter bottle dive at Palmer’s

Cove Yacht Club on February 12. He will display his bottles and other objects he has found at the site in the past at the Thursday night meeting prior to the dive, February 10. Come see what might be out there for you to find.

The PCYC kitchen will be open that day for a work crew, so we will be able to warm up with FOOD.

Other Events of interest to SCUBA divers:




and Fred Calhoun Directed by Alan Budreau

Assisted by

Linda and Kerry Hurd



with Dallas Edmiston

February 26, 2011

10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Holiday Inn and Resort

Jct Rtes 495 and 20

Marlboro, Mass

Always Free Parking

Two free scuba books by F.Calhoun, to the first 200 attendees

Tickets at $25 at the door or in advance by writing Cecile Christensen

2 Ocean Ave (1-H)

Magnolia, MA 01930

Checks payable to Cecile Christensen

Boston Sea Rovers

57th Annual Underwater Clinic

Mark your calendars - March 4th - 6th, 2011

Join Us At Our New Home!

The Boston Sea Rovers 2011 Daytime Seminar schedule is now available on line - we've got a great lineup of world class photographers, videographers, and explorers eager to share their latest discoveries and images with you. Full details can be found on our website at We look forward to seeing you in our new venue at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore, in Danvers, Mass.

Discounted Tickets available online for a limited time!


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BSC Meeting February 9th

The next meeting of the Bay State Council of Divers scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, 2011 (snow date Wednesday, February 16, 2011) at the South Shore

Neptunes’ Clubhouse in Quincy.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings


You are cordially invited to attend any and all of the Marine

Science Center’s monthly lectures this academic year.

Lectures are held in the Murphy Bunker at the MSC (430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908), which is ADA accessible. Most programs last from 1 to 1.5 hours, and light refreshments are served half an hour before the program begins. No RSVP is required.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7 pm


Dr. Cascade Sorte, Instructor and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, Northeastern University

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7 pm


Tim Purinton, Acting Director, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration


Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:30pm


Dr. Emmett Duffy, Loretta and Lewis Glucksman Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary

Fred Calhoun gave a presentation on January 6 on the care of regulators:

Please welcome our Newest Club Members

when you see them at a meeting.

Ellen and Mike Garvey

voted in on December 30, 2010


Claus Schmidt

voted in on January 6, 2011


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Feb 2 Sunday River Mar 2 Stratton
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Supporting and promoting the recreational diving community in Massachusetts.

The Bay State Council of Divers (BSC) is a diver’s advocacy group. The BSC monitors local, state and federal regulations that may affect the recreational diving community in Massachusetts. When required, the BSC represents the interests of the diving community in these matters.

The BSC serves as a liaison between dive clubs and dive stores to promote recreational diving activity in Massachusetts. All divers are encouraged to support the BSC with an annual contribution of $5. Your contribution will allow the BSC to continue to be a strong advocate for the recreational diving community in Massachusetts.

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The North Shore Frogmen’s Club Inc

PO Box 3604

Peabody, MA 01961-3604

Upcoming Club Events!

February 3: Presentation

February 10: Artifact Display

February 12: Bottle Dive at PCYC

WINTER DIVE info on page 1

The North Shore Frogmen’s Club

meets at 8PM at the

Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club in Salem

at 74 Leavitt Street

Salem, MA 01970

Parking is available in the Harbor Sweets lot across the street.

Parking will be more available in the PCYC lot after the boats are in the water.

Visit our website at