~ submitted by Airon, Concord, MA
Pavilion Beach in Gloucester, MA
This was only my second try at sea glass hunting, but I think it was a successful day!
I found all of the attached sea glass at Pavilion Beach in Gloucester, MA, or at least close to it, at low tide, in late May 2013.
I parked at Stage Fort Park, tried Half Moon Beach and Cressy's Beach (there by the park) and wasn't real successful, so I walked on the walking trail between the park and town.
As I did so, to my right, I saw 2 small rocky beaches by the Fishermen's Wives Monument (which I believe constitute Pavilion Beach).
A couple of things about my hunt.
- First, I soon realized that there are A LOT of rocks down on this beach.
- Just walking along, I found a couple of pieces of sea glass but not that many.
- So . . . at that point, I decided to try moving the rocks and digging a little bit around the wrack line -- I was most successful then.
- I discovered it's best to avoid digging near any sea weed -- lots of sand flies or some type of bugs that fly out at you (major yuck).
For the most part, the sea glass here is well-conditioned and
pretty well rounded on all edges.
As you can see, I found mostly white glass, with some green and brown, and a few pieces of sea foam/light blue.
I also found a few pieces of terra cotta/pottery.
My big finds of the day though included a good-sized lavender piece of glass (jewelry grade) and a small (and very worn) bottle stopper. I searched for about 2 hours.
I found approximately 75+ pieces, and I would rate the beach as Excellent (10+ jewelry grade pieces/hour).
However, to ensure realistic expectations, I would note that I searched in the Spring (prior to tourist season), at low tide, on a week day, and after a storm.
Therefore, my experience may not be typical for an average summer weekend day when there are lots of other people around.
This is a public beach, and I don't believe that dogs are allowed on Gloucester beaches between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
In addition, I believe it's $7/day parking at Stage Fort Park during the summer season (I went during the off-season, so parking was free).
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