Bering Sea Gold: Dirtville 2.07
The miners are at their wit's end. The weather has yet to cooperate this season, and the crews seem to all be at odds with their captains. With the season more than half over, the mining fleet needs a miracle to turn their run of bad luck around to make a profit.
Steve is on great paydirt, and the Christine Rose is finally getting into a groove during a much-needed break in the weather.
Cody: “That’s the sound of money, baby! We like to hear that noise. It’s like a slot machine in Vegas. Chiggachiggachiggachigga!”
While Cody is digging, a boat deliberately rams into the side of the barge. It is operated by the co-owner of the claim they are mining on. Apparently, the claim owner who granted the Pomrenkes access to this land did not discuss their deal with his co-owner, who is demanding that the Christine Rose leave the grounds immediately. Cody kept digging while Steve loaded his gun, but the claim co-owner left before he had to use it. After a successful day of mining, Shawn and Steve check the sluice box and find a bunch of nice pickers.
Gold Total: 24.22 oz
Steve is a no-show for his shift on the Wild Ranger, causing Vernon to lose almost five hours of good diving weather. Vernon and Daryl arrive late to the public mining grounds to find that Vernon’s daughter Elaine has once again set up camp on their honey hole.
Vern: “I raised a female pirate.”
They anchor close by and Daryl immediately finds a nice patch of new gold to clear out. Unfortunately, the winds shift, dragging the anchor along the seafloor, and pulling Daryl off their new spot. Vernon tries unsuccessfully to reposition the dredge. Daryl attempts to pull the Wild Ranger himself, but he’s not heavy enough. Daryl blames Vernon for not knowing how to properly set an anchor, disappointed that they were on great gold and unable to capitalize on the opportunity. With whitecaps forming on the water, Vernon calls it a day. The engine doesn’t fire, and upon investigating, Daryl discovers that the anchor line is wrapped around the prop. So, not only was that the culprit of their engine problems, but it was also the reason that the anchor wasn’t set, dragging Daryl off their spot in the first place.
Gold Total: 2.0 oz
Scott is drunkenly wandering around Nome. His crew is frustrated with his lack of commitment to their mining cause while they are too broke to feed themselves.
Scott finally shows up to tell his crew that he has to leave Nome to attend rehab for his drinking problem. His crew is frustrated that he is leaving them again, backing out on his promise of providing for them.
The crew decides to mine without Scott, but despite their best mechanical efforts, the dredging motors are malfunctioning again. With the sluice box non-functioning, and everyone too broke to afford repairs, Todd storms off, leaving Dan to keep tinkering.
Dan: “He’s going through his terrible twos or something.”
Todd: “This is as hard as I’ve ever been fucked… You can fucking drive a train through my asshole right now.”
Gold Total: 0 oz
Zeke spent the night on the Edge in hopes of getting an early start on diving, but Emily and John are late. John eventually shows up, but he is alone. He tells Zeke that Emily went to the bar last night and didn’t make an effort to come to work this morning.
Zeke is six hours into his dive when he finds a nice hot spot along a sandbar. Unfortunately, the weather turns bad topside, and Zeke’s visibility is deteriorating, so he reluctantly agrees to come up. As he is resurfacing, he has to fight against the rising swells that continue to shove him below the water line.
On their way back to harbor, the toe line that pulls the skiff behind the dredge snaps. Zeke jumps into the skiff to rescue it, and they barely get back to the harbor before running out of fuel.
Gold Total: 1.7 oz
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