Harbor Tours provides a tour of six Lighthouse tour on Cape Ann, (Ten Pound Island, Eastern Point, Straitsmouth, Thacher and Annisquam Lighthouses). The tour is far more; it is narrated by Captain Donald Steele; who gives the history of Cape Ann and the many points of interest; you seethe many islands along the coast line, local and private beaches, and some celebrities’ homes along the shore. As a Gloucester native he tells stories of the many storms, that occurred along the rough coast line of Cape Ann.
The tour is a must for locals and Gloucester visitors. In the slideshow you will see the many delighted faces of people on the tour that I went on this past weekend.
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
Gloucester Skyline Winter Sunset
In preparation for my adventure to Mexico to film the Monarchs, nearly every afternoon I have been “hiking” around Eastern Point. According to my car odometer, from the Niles Beach parking lot to the lighthouse and back is just a little over two miles. I realize that I must look fairly comical with headphones, hiking boots, and loaded down with a full backpack, all while trying to dodge the black ice. The walk is always beautiful–the freezing temperatures and icy roads not so much!
Raymond’s Beach Sunset
Raymond’s Beach Cherry Tree
Eastern Point Lighthouse
From earlier today, while the storm was still blowing ~
Benjamin Duckworth Building an Awesome Fort
Super High Tide
Don’t forget our feathered friends. I filled the bird feeders three times today!
The sun started to break through mid-afternoon. I headed to Smith’s Cove and then drove (precariously) to Eastern Point to catch the setting sun. Happy Snow Days!
North Shore Art Association
Our Lady of Good Voyage
Eastern Point Lighthouse
Eastern Point Lighthouse, current structure built 1890
Thacher Island Twin Lights, current structures built 1861
nb. Click photos to embiggen. The Twin Lights show the flaw of shooting with a tiny lens in the iPhone 5. I can straighten the horizon but the towers are leaning towards each other. Larger cameras, more glass in the lens, and shooting with the camera straight on and not pointing up can eliminate most of this convergence. Last ditch there is always Photoshop to straighten out structures leaning in.
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While searching though my photo library, I discovered a batch of stills from the Schooner Festival that I have not yet posted because I was so intent on editing the Schooner Festival video. I’ll try to post them this weekend–if everyone hasn’t already had enough of schooner photos!
The Schooner Roseway is a National Historic Landmark, owned and operated by World Ocean School, which is located in Camden, Maine. She is a gaff-rigged schooner and was first launched from Essex in 1925. The Roseway runs sails out of Boston during the summer and out of Savannah, Georgia and St. Croix during the winter months.
If you have sailed on the Schooner Roseway, I would love to know about your experience. Please leave a comment in the comment section. Thank you!
History of the Roseway from the World Ocean School website:
In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.
Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.
Read more about the history of the Roseway here
The taller ships start appearing around 1:50, but I liked seeing all the smaller boats, too. Look for the Stanley Thomas lobster boat closer to the beginning. After the Parade I walked out onto the rocky ledge near the Eastern Point Lighthouse, but as you can see in the second-to-last clip, a thunderstorm was on the way and I had to skedadle.
Beautiful Event to film-to many of us, Gloucester is our “somewhere over the rainbow.”
Over Birdseye and Eastern Point Lighthouse
This photo is pre 1933, because the structure at the right, doe not appear to be the Bell that was there from 1933-1969.
At high tide I took a little tour around East Gloucester. Parts of Atlantic Road were still accessible however, as I was leaving, the officers were installing road barriers from both directions. The waves were much higher at the Lighthouse side than at Good Harbor Beach and Atlantic Road. Video footage to follow.
Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater ~ Hurricane Sandy
Sherman’s Point ~ Hurricane Sandy
Taking a walk behind Hammond Castle took this picture…. if you have a chance take a walk behind the castle
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Sorry for the lousy images, I had a couple of monkeys tugging at me because they wanted to climb up to the top and had very little patience.
In this episode- Posting while on vacation, Groupon Screw-Job, Earth Day, Kenny’s Vegan Betrayal, Eastern Point Lighthouse with FOB Dani Lubbers, Cigar Joe Tapes, Kenny’s New Camera, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment
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Eastern Point Lighthouse
Sunrise at Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, MA taken in Dec 2010
Keeping you updated with the happenings down at Eastern Point Lighthouse. With all of this ridiculous snow, we decided that we should do something constructive with it. So naturally we built this huge ass igloo. We aren’t skilled enough to put a roof on it, but we did our best. We’d like to invite you to an igloo party sometime….I’m sure this beast will be standing until June. -Dani Lubbers
I’d like to give anyone and everyone a heads up about the parking lot at the end of Eastern Point. THERE IS SNOW – IT HAS NOT BEEN PLOWED – STOP THINKING YOUR FORD FOCUS HAS 4WD. Thanks. :)
Igloo Party!!!! I Want In!!!!!!