First ARDELLE Sunset Music Cruise of the Season

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The first sunset music cruise of the season by the pinky schooner ARDELLE was perfect. A warm evening on the breezy harbor (and a little beyond) with music by The Everly Sisters (Sheila Shrank and Elaine Persons) along with Ron Shrank on guitar and Barry O’Brien on mandolin made for a memorable cruise. Locals as well as visitors from Texas.  Ireland and elsewhere enjoyed the warm hospitality offered by the ARDELLE’s builder  and captain Harold Burnham and his crew.

All on board offered a lusty version of Happy Birthday to the schooner THOMAS E. LANNON, also built by Harold Burnham, as she passed close abeam on ARDELLE’s port side on the LANNON’s fifteenth birthday. The Lannon acknowledged the good wishes with a full throated canon salute.

About Marty Luster

I'm Marty Luster, a retired attorney and politician. In 2010 my wife, mother-in-law, dog and I relocated from Central NY to Gloucester. I hope my photographs and poetry(?) reflect my love for this place and her people. My picture-poem posts can be seen at and selected black and white images can be found at
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One Response to First ARDELLE Sunset Music Cruise of the Season

  1. barryob says:

    Nice story, Marty! We’ve had reports that folks really likes the combination of music, soft seas, and salt air. Thank you for the coverage.Sailing out in the cool breezes on the Ardelle sure beat sweltering on shore during that heat wave.

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