By Beth David, Editor
Little Black Rock….you know it, really you do, even if you don’t have a boat. It’s the one you see at low tide when you stand at the point of Hoppy’s Landing and look out towards the Elizabeth Islands. You can see it from West Island, Wilbur Point, and any number of spots along the shore on Causeway Road and Goulart Memorial Drive: At low tide anyway.
When high tide comes, it’s still there, but boaters can’t see it. And that makes it a bit of a problem.
Locals know it’s there, but newbies to Hoppy’s Landing probably do not.
It is on the charts, said Fairhaven Harbormaster Tim Cox, but because it disappears at high tide, it is a hazard.
So, a few volunteers decided to mark it…again.
Father and son team, Frank and Scott Coelho, with tools courtesy of Mike Cordeiro, and a generator from the Harbormaster department, took their boat out and drilled two holes in the rock. In the hole went a pipe and then a “high flyer” marker that boaters will be able to see even at high tide.
The second hole is an extra, just in case. Mr. Cox said that Little Black Rock has been marked before, but the poles snapped in the weather. The metal has gotten stuck in the holes, blocking them up.
If it happens again, the old rock will be ready for a new one.
“It’s just to mark the rock,” said Mr. Cox, no symbols or secret messages. “It just lets people know the rock is there.”