The Goldenrod crew recently met and talked with Vernon Adkinson (first season Bering Sea Gold). He paid a visit while they were working on Goldenrod in the Harbor of Nome. Vern has two dredge boats with crews this summer in Nome. Last year Vernon spent $100,000 converting a 25-foot Stiletto sailing catamaran into the Wild Ranger, but the dredge and its suction assembly spend the first season malfunctioning horribly. The vessel is a lesson in the abject difficulty of gold dredging in Nome: what can seem like a perfectly sound design often comes up short in the cruel world of Bering Sea gold mining.
Steve Riedel (left), Vernon Adkinson (center), and Scott Meisterheim (right) round out the Wild Ranger team.
The Goldenrod crew has been working longer hours everyday; finishing multiple system wiring work in the cabin today. The time is nearing for launching! Photos to come as I receive them.