Bering Sea Gold: American Dream 2.12
Winter has arrived, and there is ice covering the harbor. This is the miners’ last shot to get on the gold before the Bering Sea freezes over.
Shawn uses the teeth of the excavator to cut through the ice in the harbor and make their way out onto open water. With their crew still awaiting their season’s paychecks, the Christine Rose needs to bring in another couple hundred ounces to make a profit.
With a huge winter storm on the horizon, it’s clear to Shawn that this is the last mining trip they’ll be able to make this season. He takes a test pan, and it is littered with gold. He says it’s the best test pan he’s ever seen.
Steve: “We’ll give it the last ol’ heave-ho here and see what the hell we can come up with.”
The Christine Rose is the last dredge standing, but with the winter storm bearing down on them, Steve calls it a day. With a solid end to a terrible season, each deckhand is able to take home $66,000 for their summer of mining.
Gold Total: 180 oz
Dan takes the first dive, and visibility is not great. He can only see six inches in front of him but decides to make the most of the conditions to finish the season on a strong note. After five hours, the visibility becomes nonexistent. Dan resurfaces, and Vernon accepts the end of season. He comes up just 18 oz shy of his season goal thanks to Diver Dan who brought in more gold in two days than Steve was able to find in two months.
Gold Total: 42 oz
After taking some time off to mourn the loss of John, Zeke and Emily are back on the water. Zeke has hired his younger brother Gabe as a deckhand to replace John.
Zeke finds a hotpot right away. He tells Emily that there are too many pieces of gold to count. Unfortunately, a pump hose gets detached from the suction hose, so Zeke has to come topside momentarily until they can replace the hose clamp and nuts to restore suction.
Zeke gets another couple of hours underwater before the wind and rising swells stir up the seafloor, causing the visibility to deteriorate to the point where Zeke can’t mine anymore. They head in, bringing the summer 2012 season to a close.
Emily: “This summer has been nothing but pain and suffering.”
Gold Total: 11 oz
Joe uses the Anchor Management to break through the ice in the small boat harbor, careful not to punch a hole in the aluminum pontoons.
Scott and Joe attempt to mine but the poor visibility sends them back to harbor in a hurry. Obviously, AA didn’t take, because Scott turns back to the bottle after his failed day, and season, at sea.
Gold Total: 0.5 oz
Steve Riedel finds a new gig on The Clark. After some trouble with his regulator freezing up, he tries to make the most of poor mining conditions. After struggling for four hours with poor visibility, Steve calls it quits.
Steve: “I hope all of [Vern’s] boats sink….okay, maybe I don’t hope that.”
Steve: “Mick Jagger thought Manhattan was tough. No, it was easy compared to Nome.”
Season Gold Totals
Christine Rose: 700 oz
Wild Ranger: 84 oz
The Edge: 46 oz
Anchor Management: 3 oz
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