Category Archives: Working Boats

Lobster Cove, 1916

The peninsula called Annisquam is bordered by Ipswich Bay (Atlantic Ocean), the Annisquam River (which makes Gloucester an island), and Lobster Cove. The cove is protected, and therefore a preferred anchorage and mooring area. Judging by the lack of boats in Lobster Cove, this looks to be spring (May 26th to be exact). Annisquam is across the cove, and Wingaersheek is in the distance across the Annisquam River. The geography of Cape Ann is a visual buffet for photographers and painters, and its beauty is here for all to enjoy.

The peninsula called Annisquam is bordered by Ipswich Bay (Atlantic Ocean), the Annisquam River (which makes Gloucester an island), and Lobster Cove. The cove is protected, and therefore a preferred anchorage and mooring area. Judging by the lack of boats in Lobster Cove, this looks to be spring (May 26th to be exact). Annisquam is across the cove, and Wingaersheek is in the distance across the Annisquam River. The geography of Cape Ann is a visual buffet for photographers and painters, and its beauty is here for all to enjoy.

The Gloucester Fleet

The Gloucester Fleet

“Claudia Marie”

DSCN0074

 

http://art-rocks.org

Smith Cove Fleet, circa 1960

Smith Cove in East Gloucester was, and still is, populated by both fishing and pleasure boats. In the background of the photo is East Main Street, with Banner Hill rising above it. The boats, from left to right: Harpoon sword fishing boat "Jaguar" (previously named Lord Jim and also a WWII submarine chaser), owned by Dr. Fred Breed; "Jumping Jennifer," Tom Morse's fishing boat; Party fishing boat "Winner III," owned by Bobby Anderson; and the "Naomi Bruce III," co-owned by Cy Tysver and the Shoares family. Vessel histories are complex, and all comments and corrections are welcome.

Smith Cove in East Gloucester was, and still is, populated by both fishing and pleasure boats. In the background of the photo is East Main Street, with Banner Hill rising above it. The boats, from left to right: Harpoon swordfishing boat “Jaguar” (previously named Lord Jim and also a WWII submarine chaser), owned by Dr. Fred Breed; “Jumping Jennifer,” Tom Morse’s fishing boat; Party fishing boat “Winner III,” owned by Bobby Anderson; and the “Naomi Bruce III,” co-owned by Cy Tysver and the Shoares family. Vessel histories are complex, and all comments and corrections are welcome.

Check Out Gail McCarthy’s Article About Paul Ciaramitaro’s Upcoming Show At The North Shore Arts Assoc

April 17, 2014

Of wooden boats and iron men
Former fisherman pays homage to disappearing industry

By Gail McCarthyStaff Writer

Paul Ciaramitaro grew up working on the Gloucester waterfront, in a family where money was hard to come by. His hard-knock life has been marked at various periods by the back-breaking work of both fishing and working on the wharves, by addiction — not uncommon among waterfront workers and fish hands — and the constant struggle to earn enough money to stay afloat.

But Ciaramitaro’s lifelong penchant for drawing never waned, and as an adult, he has transformed his childhood passion into a career as an artist. He is about to host a solo show, “Wooden Boats and Iron Men,” that will open the season for the North Shore Arts Association next Thursday, April 24.

He has put these scenes to canvas so vividly because he worked them for nearly two decades, and Ciaramitaro wants to pay homage to an industry that is struggling to stay in existence with strict government restrictions, limited days to fish, and ever-increasing costs.

“I wanted to draw fishermen. This business is dying,” said Ciaramitaro, now 64. “I think fishing captains would be proud and honored to know that they are continuing to be remembered. Gloucester exists in history because of the fishing.”

For The Entire Article Click Here

Wicked Tuna Behind The Scenes! INTENSE!

Not gonna lie, all that high tech camera gadgetry made my pants tight.

Camera geek’s wet dream. Literally.

From Andy Baker

7 days of filming, 2 days for still photography, 9 locations, 6 camera units, 7 captains, 5 production support boats, 45 crew members…shooting with Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro, Sony F3…Techno Dolly, Cineflex (boat and helicopter), Underwater Phantom, 360 degree dolly track setup…all in all, one of the most involved, most complex and most fun shoots I’ve been lucky to be a part of. Thank you to the team at Evolve IMG, and the NGC Creative Team for one incredible production!

Another Local Lobster Trap Tag Shows Up On Perranporth Beach Cornwall England!

Dear Joe,

I wrote to you in November 2012 about a fishing tag from the Net Profit, from when it was owned by the late Joe Ciaramitaro.

Last Thursday I found a tag from F/V Endeavour. When I looked it up on Google it looks as though it comes from your area, so I thought that you might be interested. I don’t find many of the rectangular tags, all the ones that I have found are mounted on a board on my garage wall. I thought that you might know some of their owners or where they come from.

As you will see from the photo we do find quite a lot of lobster trap tags. Here in Perranporth  Cornwall most of the them are from Newfoundland and Labrador. We have had a lot of storms this winter & unusually high tides for the last three months. This has resulted in large quantities of plastic being washed up – some from across the Atlantic & a lot from more local places.

Best Wishes,

Chris Easton

DSC02574DSC02575DSC02577

Here’s the post from November 9, 2012-

Joe Ciaramitaro Lobster Trap Tag Found on Cornwall Beach in The UK

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Joey C

Chris Easton writes- Dear Joey, Earlier this year I found a fishing tag which I think may be yours. It reads F/V NET PROFIT 7918 JOE CIARAMITARO along the bottom. I enjoy walking along the strand line on my local … Continue reading →

The Gloucester Fleet “Grace Marie”

The Gloucester Fleet “Grace Marie”

100_2901

grace_marie_resized_900_inset

Grace Marie oil on panel

P1000443

Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

Continuing with ” reruns” while in Mexico, the Parade of Sails is another favorite event. So looking forward to this year’s Schooner Festival!

See original post on GMG, September 2, 2013:

Video: Time Lapse Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

The Gloucester Fleet “Heading Out”

“Heading Out”

P1000542

Beautiful Blue Lobster

For the next few days while in Mexico I thought I’d repost several of the short videos that I made for our community this past year. First up is the Beautiful Blue Lobster, featuring Joey, and filmed at Captain Joe and Sons, with a trio of Pete Seeger songs.

WIP “The Intruder”

This is a work in progress of the Boat The Intruder in Lanes Cove. I’m using a photo I took a few years ago.
Oil on Panel.

100_3011

The Gloucester Fleet

The Gloucester Fleet

“Midnight Sun”

IMG_6423

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2010

Here are a few shots from the Gloucester Schooner Festival in 2010.

Can’t wait for Summer

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL 2014 GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL PAGE

DSCF0926

Cannibal Rat Ghost Ship Adrift

o-RAT-570What happens to a rat-infested abandoned ship? The rats eat each other. The last rat standing eats itself. Or so they say.

LYUBOV_ORLOVA__1897491aI’m sure you have read about the Lyubov Orlova, which over a year ago was abandoned in Newfoundland because of a dispute over debts. On its tow to a salvage yard in the Dominican Republic, the ship broke free and became adrift. At first it was thought to be heading towards the British Isles however, it is now widely believed to have sunk. The most recent reports suggest that rats cannot live more than five days without water.

This story had me thinking about rats in general and rats along Gloucester’s waterfront, which in turn led to thinking about one of the many reasons why I love cats.

B_Image_4344The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the brown rat, sewer rat, common rat, and myriad other terms of non-endearment, is native to northern China. The species found its way to Eastern Europe by the early eighteenth century. By the year 1800, they occurred in every European country. First sightings of  R. norvegicus in the New World were reported in the 1770′s as ship stowaways.

orlova004b

During the Middle Ages cats were reviled and killed en masse. In the few regions where cats were not killed there were far less fatalities from the pandemic Black Death, which killed roughly half the population of Europe. Had this fear of cats not existed, populations of the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) would have been minimized, lessening the spread of plague infected fleas, carried by rats.

Rats are one of the world’s most successful mammals, second only to humans. They live everywhere except Antarctica.

Rattus_norvegicusRattus norvegicus

All images courtesy google image search.

« Older Entries Recent Entries »