Captain Tom Ellis of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

Captain Tom Ellis Schooner Lannon ©Kim Smith 2014Captain Tom Ellis, skipper of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, hanging the ensign and drying out the sails after a rainstorm.

Captain Tom explains that in days gone by this would be a common sight in Gloucester Harbor, to see crews opening their sails to dry. Although it’s not necessary today because sails are constructed of synthetic fiber rather than cotton, on the Lannon, they dry their sails so that when the schooner departs with guests on board, the passengers don’t get doused when the sails are unfurled.

Captain Tom Ellis Schooner Lannon -2 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Captain Tom Ellis Schooner Lannon whirlygig ©Kim Smith 2014

In his spare time, Captain Elllis hand carves beautiful whirlygigs. 

To learn more about the gorgeous Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and to book a charter or public sail visit their website at Schooner Sails.

Captain Tom Ellis Schooner Lannon whirlygig -2 ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

 

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