Captain 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.
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.
The cruise was wonderful fun! Thanks so much to our host Joey, Captains Tom Ellis and Heath Ellis, Bob and Doug Ryan for their fabulous Ryan and Wood rum cocktails, Paul Giacalone for cigars, which although I don’t smoke were throughly enjoyed by guests, and the always awesome Lannon crew!
Bob and Doug Wood ~ Loved the cocktails in coconuts–what a delightful touch!
My apologies to our friends on the cruise that there are so few photos. This morning when looking at the images I noticed a giant black sploge on every photo–a huge goober on my image sensor. Here’s a few without the sploge after photoshopping out.
Today at Hunt’s photo in Melrose, my go-to place for all camera wants, needs, and crisis, Doug showed me how to professionally clean my image sensor, and its not as scary as you might think!
Visionary, Captain and now Documentarian Tom Ellis, presents his program, Building the Thomas E. Lannon (See above.)
Using historic footage meticulously captured by award winning videographer Al Viator, shot as The Will to Build, between Oct. 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997, Tom Ellis has crafted his personal story of the creation of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon from dream to design , through the challenges of construction to the triumphant sail into Gloucester Harbor.
Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers
Light refreshments will be served.
For additional information, visit our website: www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org
Office phone # 978-768-7541
Many thanks to Captains Tom and Heath Ellis, Kay Ellis, Bob and Kathryn Ryan, and Paul Giacalone for hosting the 4th Annual Good Morning Gloucester Sunset Cruise aboard the elegant Schooner Thomas E. Lannon. Old friends and new enjoyed the beautiful harbor views, the superb cocktails and aged rum provided by Bob and Kathryn Ryan, and Cuban cigars from Paul Giacalone. We almost didn’t have Joey aboard as a lobster boat came in late, but the Ellis’s Zodiac provided last minute transport to the schooner.
I had never filmed on a schooner, or any boat for that matter, and it was So Much Fun. I cannot wait to try it again!! Admittedly, I’ve only been on a boat less than half a dozen times (excluding the ferry to and from Martha’s Vineyard) and think I have been missing out on way too much. Thanks again Joey, Tom, Kay, Heath, Bob, Kathryn, Paul, and Ship’s Crew for a great night of fun and beauty aboard the gorgeous Schooner Lannon!
View from the Schooner Lannon