Alaska’s Bering Sea is still frozen as far as the eye can see. That means we still have some time before we have to get the dredge on the water and dive for gold.
It’s a good thing, because we have a lot of projects to complete after finishing a complete rebuild of the Eroica’s hull. Since the new pontoons are lifting the deck two feet higher out of the water, we have to rebuild the mounts for the outboards and deal with some unintended consequences to our dredge suction system.
But we don’t want the sea ice to linger. If the historically cold spring delays the mining season too long we might miss the best part of the season – and our diver David, who’s only here for a short time, could leave Nome empty-handed.
This is episode 3 of a series showcasing our summer gold mining season in Alaska’s Bering Sea. If you want to start from the beginning, you can watch it right here:
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0:00 Here’s the situation
0:41 Picking up a new crewmember
2:38 Walking over the Alaska’s frozen Bering Sea
3:56 Building the new outboard mounts
11:30 Checking the sea ice
12:50 Critical suction system project
16:46 Breakup season is here