Sailors add muscle to Bena shoreline project
About two dozen sailors and officers formed a bucket brigade to move hundreds of bags of oyster shells from the shoreline into the waters of Sarah’s Creek to build an offshore breakwater/oyster reef along shoreline owned by Charles Hogge of Bena.
The project was designed by Gloucester resident and wetlands board member Walter Priest, who works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and coordinated by CBF’s oyster restoration and fisheries scientist Tommy Leggett, his assistant, Jackie Harmon, and summer intern Krista Sweet.
Lt. Cmdr. Jon Still of the USS Harry S. Truman said his crew would normally have been on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, spending a hot, sweaty, 14-hour day signaling aircraft to land, chocking and chaining planes, driving tractors, or standing by to perform crash and salvage duties. He himself would be in the ship’s tower, coordinating all flight and deck crew operations. But the Truman had a three-day weekend because of another ship’s deployment, and Still and some of his Norfolk-based crew decided to spend their day off volunteering in Gloucester.
"We do an amazing amount of community service," said Still. "And we love doing it."