I am going to preface this by saying, I am NOT a superstitious person. However....what is up this year with the weather in Nome (aside from global warming aftermath)? It is storming again; leaving the Bering Sea gold miners fit to be tied! The summer season generally offers around 80-100 days of suitable weather for dredging. And, that is if the operation is up and running smoothly from around June 1. This summer has been one of the wettest on record.
Goldenrod was on the water Sunday. The crew got within a short distance to our furthest lot and both of the Suzuki engines started signaling 'low oil pressure' (almost simutaneously and they are seperate units). The oil was immediately checked in both engines and determined to be fine, therefore deducing the issue to that of an electronic setting of sorts. Then, the crew eased on out to the dredge zone on one engine, as a precaution....They dredged for a while and then lost pressure in one of the Kubota suction hose pumps (went to 25 psi down from 48). As a result, the crew decided to only run one of the suction hoses. It is not as if they are reliving some previous error they made. They are expeditiously trouble shooting a new problem again and again! Not one at a time, but five.
I may not always fully understand the mechanical problems that the Goldenrod crew is faced with time and again, (as I document this journey from a desk over 24 hours of modern travel time away from the likes of Nome). But, their frustration is very near and dear to my heart. Makes me want to curse Mother Nature and kick a tire for them!