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‘Bering Sea Gold’ finds ‘Fire and Icebergs’ on Discovery

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On last night's Discovery Channel season three premiere episode of “Bering Sea Gold” it is the beginning of the season for summer dredging. As the season starts, Steve Pomrenke always begins it with a prayer in the little church in Nome. This year, he is saying the Serenity Prayer, for God to grant him the serenity to accept the things he cannot change, the courage to change the things he can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This prayer should be mandatory for every dredger before starting each day. As while he asked for serenity, scenes were shown where serenity was completely lacking in several instances.

This episode is titled “Fire and Icebergs” and among the Christine Rose and Wild Ranger; the only two old dredges returning this season, are Eroica, which was The Edge, purchased from Zeke by Emily, refurbished and renamed for an Italian operatic character, the hero. Minnow is headed by her father, Steve Reidel with his crew of misfits. Au Grabber, another excavator-powered rig, similar to the Christine Rose, hoping to give the Pomrenkes some competiton.

As airplanes land in Nome, they are filled with fortune hunters who are looking to score big in Nome, but the odds are against each of them. As the rigs are reconstructed, and machinery tested, the dredgers are anxious to get out there.

The surprising first dredge out is the Minnow, obviously named for Gilligan’s Island boat that went on the proverbial three-hour tour. As they are ready to head out, Steve has to find the keys.

At the Pomrenke workshop, Steve is going over the bills. The machineries that makes the money are the wash plant and the backhoe. Both had to be replaced at a cost of $300,000. So they must find 300 ounces of gold to pay for them. Shawn’s ice season was supposed to be their redemption, but only sunk them deeper into debt. So a decision had to be made, Steve and his wife will take over the Christine Rose and Shawn will be a deckhand. His mother knows that if something happened to Steve, she and Shawn would be partners and that could be disastrous.

The Minnow is finally out to sea; however, they hit an iceberg and as Steve climbs on the iceberg to free the dredge, Andy puts it in gear and leaves Steve on the iceberg. Back on the Minnow, Steve drops anchor and dons his wetsuit to go below. Although he found a few pickers, he cuts the dive short due to low visibility.

New on the scene is the Au Grabber, with veteran digger Hank Schimschat, who is in it for the money and with a bigger dredge, hopes to wipe out the competition. Although not a miner, Hank knows how to repair every piece of equipment on his dredge and has brought with him, the hot-tempered Scott Meisterheim to help Hank learn how to mine. This is his rookie season, and with Scott, it could be his last.

As Emily is readying her dredge for launch, her father stops by to witness her maiden voyage. Just as it hits the water, a fire breaks out in one of the engines. As Emily is visibly dejected, the Kelly boys heckle her. As she and Eric drive to town, she is very upset, and blames herself for the problem. Eric knows that things like this happen, but it certainly put a black cloud on Emily’s maiden run.

On the Christine Rose, Shawn has reached the claim. Now he is doing test pans to find the honey hole. After a few test buckets, Shawn found what he is looking for and sets anchor to dredge. After several buckets are in the wash plant, they find a problem on the old wash plant.

Glen LeBaron, Zeke’s friend who had the underwater dredge in the winter is searching for The Dragon. It was at the dock yesterday, and now was missing. He is passing flyers and asks everyone’s help in locating his dredge. He will be out a lot of money if the machine is not located and even gets the assistance of a pilot who will do a fly-over to see if they can spot it from the air.

Zeke Tenhoff is still struggling with the death of his best friend, John Bunce. Zeke also had a good friend who was a male model, making large amounts of money, but one day he hung himself. Zeke better not be headed down the same path. As Zeke takes a bath outside overlooking the Bering Sea, he admits to not showering for three months while in the depths of his depression, but he does not seem to be well now.

Vern is now looking for a whole new crew after losing Daryl.

On the Christine Rose, Shawn is doing the clean out as his crew looks on. Steve comes in to get the total, and has a smile on his face, as Steve takes it to town.

New friendships are forming on the Au Grabber. Vern is interviewing for deckhands and offering no promises. Emily burns the sign that adorned The Edge, for a complete start over.

As Zeke has hit rock bottom, he was taken in a cop car, which he kicked out the window. He is on a destructive path going nowhere. Glen continues his search for The Dragon on this episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”

As the tally is in the numbers are:

  • Christine Rose has 21 ounces for $27,000
  • Wild Ranger at zero.
  • The Eroica at zero.
  • The Minnow still at zero with a few nuggets to be counted.
  • Au Grabber yet to start.

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