Category Archives: Schooner

“Beautiful” May Not Do The Eagle Justice

Thatcher, Finn, and I spent a glorious morning touring the United States Coast Barque Eagle.  Gloucester is obviously fortunate to be home to such amazing vessels as The Adventure, The Lannon, and the Ardelle, but…as I explained to my boys…this weekend is like a Red Sox home game in that those ships get to play host to some other fabulous “away team” vessels.

The Eagle being one of them.

I’m not quite sure that “Beautiful” does her justice.

What do you think?

The Eagle is conducting an Open House until 7:00 in the evening. I highly recommend a trip down behind Americold to see her!

Don’t You Have Better Things To Do Than Get Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod? It’s Schooner Festival weekend In Gloucester!!!!

You know you can avoid getting eaten by a shark in Cape Cod by attending Schooner Festival this weekend don’t you.  The way I see it, it’s your only option really (unless of course you’re one of those thrill seekers who like to jump in shark tanks and cages with lions in which case by all means head on down to the trafficky Cape Cod).

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Click here to view or print the entire program

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Marty Luster Photo

Gloucester’s Small Green Schooners (Did You Know It’s Schooner Festival weekend?)

There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-

THE THIRTIETH ANNUAL GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL!!!!!!

Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Al Bezanson submits-

There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries  this year in the Small (under 45 ft class).  Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.

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Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole

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Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson

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Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton

(All photos by Al Bezanson)

Eating Lobsters At The Gloucester Schooner Festival Lobster Bake This Saturday= Good / Getting Eaten By A Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

Don’t get eaten by a shark this weekend in Cape Cod.  Come enjoy the beauty and tradition of Gloucester’s Schooner Festival and Eat Some Lobster!  Schedule of Events Here

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Thirtieth Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Program and Visitor Guide Is Now Online

Click here to view or print the entire program

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and on
Facebook.
All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels
Mid-afternoon Arrival of U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mayor’s Reception for Invited Guests
Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank
and hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester
6:30 pm Maritime Gloucester’s “Under the Spars” Gala (ticketed
event)
8:00 pm Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours Concert at
Mile Marker One at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort (Rt. 133).
(ticketed event) Proceeds to benefit Cape Ann YMCA
Camping & Teen Services

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather condions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
Facebook.
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Marime Gloucester Heritage Day at Marime
Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester.
Free to the public. Over 25 arsan vendors and
community organizations with demonstrations and
family activities. The traditional Celtic band, Meridian,
will play on the Boat House stage at 11:30 am and 1:00
pm. Schooners will be at the dock for visitors. Food will
be available onsite. Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and
aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price
admission.
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Open House Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
at Americold, 1 Rowe Square on Gloucester’s harborfront.
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House. Stop by the
Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast
Guard and its important role in Gloucester.
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake. Enjoy freshly steamed
lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with
your dinner at Marime Gloucester and on the slopes of
the Fitz Henry Lane lawn. Also available: hot dogs &
hamburgers, soda, spring water, beer & wine.
7:00 pm Fireworks Viewing at Beauport/Sleeper McCann
Museum. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Info:
978-283-0800
7:00 pm Concert on the Boulevard (time subject to requirements of
Parade of Lights and Fireworks)
7:30 pm Boat “Parade of Lights”
9:15 pm Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following
Parade of Lights, me approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more
donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks.
Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45
Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate
“fireworks” on your donation.)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
Facebook.
8:30 am Skippers’ meeting for all schooners sailing in the
Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, adjacent to the
U.S. Coast Guard Station
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Parade of Sail as the schooners proceed from the Inner
Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy
Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from
Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point
Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to
watch the start of the Mayor’s Race,
courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation
Authority
1:00 pm Start of Mayor’s Race off Eastern Point for the Esperanto
Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy, and Bey Ramsey Trophy
3:00 pm Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle (me
approximate)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception and Awards Ceremony for captains & crews
and invited guests

Monday, September 1, 2014

 

11:00 am Amistad presents “Refuse to Do Nothing” about
contemporary slavery issues
“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF
REQUIRED.

It’s Schooner Festival week!!!!!! (Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina)

For The Who When What Where Check Out The Schooner Festival Website Here

Al Bezanson submits-

Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina, (ex Effie M Morrissey) will be greeting visitors at the SEMA table from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday at Maritime Gloucester.  This Effie is a Newfoundland, no longer a pup, and there’s no missing her.   The Schooner Ernestina Morrissey Association (SEMA) has important news to share on a restoration schedule and subsequent plans to put her back to work.  Now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, she was launched as Effie M Morrissey in Essex 120 years ago to fish out of Smith Cove for the J F Wonson Fish Company.  We are very interested in talking to anyone with information on her early years working out of Gloucester.

We hope to see you at MG on Saturday!

(Mary Ann McQuillan photo, 2003)

Al Bezanson

http://www.ernestina.org/

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Why Go To Cape Cod And Get Eaten By A Shark When You Can Come To Gloucester For Schooner Festival This Weekend!

Getting Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

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Enjoying Schooner Festival In Gloucester = Good

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Click Here for Schooner Festival Program and Visitors Guide

Get all the Schooner Fest Scoop & Songs tomorrow morning at 9AM on North Shore 104.9 – And Joey, here’s your answer

Daisy Nell (R) and Capt. Stan

“Curtain Up” host Aurelia Nelson

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 9AM Aurelia Nelson Welcomes Schooner Festival Chair Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan on her North Shore 104.9FM Radio show “Curtain Up”.

Daisy & Stan perform 2 songs and will tell you everything you need to know about next weekend’s Schooner Festival, one of our favorite weekends.  Click here for a complete Schooner Festival Schedule.

And here’s the definitive answer to Joey’s question about the Lobster Bake (from the Schooner Fest website)

Schooner Festival Lobster Bake

Two years ago, local blogger Capt. Joey of GoodMorningGloucester came up with a great idea!  Joey suggested that, in order to get the Gloucester community involved with the Schooner Festival, a community lobster bake should be held during the Festival.

Recognizing good advice, the Festival Committee held the 1st annual Community Lobster Bake in 2013 and it was a huge success!  Check out GoodMorningGloucester to see just how successful the event was!

The Community Lobster Bake will be held again in 2014 on Saturday, August 30, 4:30pm-7:30pm at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester. Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll– all for $15 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, cookies, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine. Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event.

The Schooner Defender From Al Bezanson

The Defender

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit, 2011 Gloucester Schooner Race.  Capt. John Foss has held off many newer, faster schooners to win the Mayor’s Cup time and again. American Eagle was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester (1930). Capt. Foss reconstructed the boat in 1984-86 and has since worked diligently to keep her in tip-top shape.  The challengers to American Eagle in the over 80 ft class this year on August 31st are Adventure, Amistad, Liberty Clipper and Roseway.

Sailing in or alongside American Eagle in the Mayor’s Race is an unforgettable experience.  One passenger will be making his 16th trip to the GSF on American Eagle this year!  For his investment in all those races and weekends aboard in Gloucester he might have purchased just one Super Bowl ticket, to which he could add the cost of transportation and lodging.  The commercial boats that participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival are dependent on paying passengers and there are spaces still available.  Information on sailing opportunities is available here  http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/?p=655

(Photo by Amy Beaudet from Green Dragon)

Al Bezanson

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL WELCOMES TALL SHIP EAGLE

Tom Balf submits-

 www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

This year’s 30th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which runs from August 29th to August 31st, celebrates and honors our maritime history.  Says Festival Chair Daisy Nell “this year’s Festival reaffirms Cape Ann as a premier location for schooner history, education, sailing and fun.”

This year’s festival offers a number of great story lines.

First, the City welcomes the Coast Guard Barque Eagle for the weekend. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in the U.S. government service. With more than 23,000 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle is a sight to see. In fact, the ship wil sail into Gloucester Harbor on Friday at approximately 1pm led by the Gloucester police boat and water cannon, the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas Lannon and a flotilla of other vessels. It will be berthed at Americold’s terminal in Gloucester Harbor (One Rowe Square on Rogers Street, adjacent to Cruiseport) and the training vessel will be open to the community for free tours on Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Second, the Festival has surpassed last year’s record number of schooners. Vessels vying for the Esperanto Cup on Sunday will include  Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure, Roseway, American Eagle, Amistad and Liberty Clipper. Additionally, at least six schooners will be offering spots to paying passengers to sail over the weekend and during the race. Go to http://www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for further information about booking a sail on a schooner. This is your opportunity to sail in the race!

Third, this year’s festival will continue its theme of putting kids on the water. The Festival will be supported by the Sea Scout “Ship” 5 out of Maritime Gloucester as well as teens from Gloucester High School Sailing and The Museum School/Project Adventure . Some spaces are available to sail on some of the schooners at no cost. Interested youth should contact Maritime Gloucester at 978-281-0470 or at info@maritimegloucester.org

The festival sees the return of the now famous Lobsta Bake. On Saturday afternoon – from 4:30 to 7:30 — a Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester and Fitz Henry Lane Park will offer a lobster, corn on the cob and a Virgilio’s roll for $15. Beer, wine, soda and water, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers, will also be available. Music will be provided by Old Cold Tater. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop.

In addition to the deck tour of the Eagle, Schooner Adventure (at Maritime Gloucester) and Schooner Amistad (at the Coast Guard Station Gloucester) will offer deck tours.  In fact, the Amistad (a replica slave trade schooner) will host a special tour on Monday from 11am – noon entitled “Refuse to do Nothing” that discusses contemporary world slavery issues.

In addition to the sailing, Maritime Heritage Day takes place Saturday, August 30st from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits along side of local crafters demonstrating their art. Music will be provided during the afternoon and lunch will be available on the pier. This is a great and fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend. The event is followed by the Lobster Bake and then the Boat Light Parade and Fireworks over Gloucester.
Lead sponsors of the Festival include: Building Center of Cape Ann, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Market Basket, Americold and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering Schooner Festival raffle and lobster bake tickets in addition to corporate support. Please purchase raffle tickets (available at Maritime Gloucester) or during Maritime Heritage Day. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water and to bring the Tall Ship Eagle to the City.
Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to http://www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.
Current List of Schooners Intending to Participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival.
2014 SCHOONER REGISTRATIONS
1.    Adventure
2.    Adventurer
3.    American Eagle
4.    Amistad
5.    Apella
6.    Ardelle
7.    Bald Eagle
8.    Brilliant
9.    Estrela
10.    Fame (Parade of Sail only)
11.    Green Dragon
12.    Hindu
13.    Humble
14.    Irena
15.    Liberty Clipper
16.    Light Rein
17.    Perception
18.    Redbird
19.    Renegade
20.    Roseway
21.    Sugar Babe
22.    Thomas Lannon
23.    Tillicum I
24.    Tyrone

2014 Gloucester Schooner Festival Information

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Labor Day Weekend– August 29-31, 2014

It’s Right Around The Corner!!!!!!

Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Check Out Kim Smith’s Incredibly Beautiful Video For a Little Glimpse of The Magnificence-

The 30th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival and Parade of Sails is Just Around the Corner!

In checking the Schooner Festival schedule for friends who are visiting during that time, I realized the event will be here very soon. Sponsored by Maritime Gloucester, tickets aboard Gloucester’s gorgeous hometown schooners for the Parade of Sails can be purchased by clicking these links: Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Schooners Ardelle and Roseway. Click here for special viewing opportunities at the Beauport Sleeper McCann Museum.

Al Bezanson provided the names of the schooners, in order of appearance:

Sugar Babe
Adventure
Thomas E Lannon
Adirondack III
Brilliant
Virginia,
Tillicum I
Lewis H Story
Liberty Clipper
Perception
Light Reign
American Eagle
Morning Light
Green Dragon

Thanks Al!

Originally posted on Good Morning Gloucester

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