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Olive Kitteridge Filming in East Gloucester

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -1 ©Kim Smith 2013. copyOlive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries, was filming at the North Shore Art Association yesterday.

Olive Kitteridge, the book, is a collection of short stories written by Elizabeth Stout, and is set in the town of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge was the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries ©Kim Smith 2013Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.Is that Adam Bolonsky in the red sweatshirt?

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -4©Kim Smith 2013.

Early that same morning I had taken Rosie for her morning walk. The sunlight streaming sideways through the fog shrouded trees was gorgeous and our hood had a new look for the day; the North Shore Art Association had become Crosby Lyons Club and the parking lot was filled with vintage cars from the 1970s and 1980s .

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -3 ©Kim Smith 2013.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -5 ©Kim Smith 2013.Smiths Cove Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center ©Kim Smith 2013View from Smith’s Cove toward the Maritime Heritage Center

Video- Blue Lobster Landed In Gloucester By Lobster Boat The Connemara Bay

Kevin O’Maley and his crew swung by the dock with a Blue Lobster that they caught just off the Breakwater when lobstering yesterday. Being the stand-up men they are they will be bringing it to The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center so that the community can enjoy checking it out.

Kevin and the boys also charter their boat for full or half day fishing trips. You can find them online at www.cbcharters.com

Go to the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center to check it out. info here-


Thank You Kevin and crew for bringing the lobster to us to share with our readers.

Blue Lobster Landed In Gloucester By The Lobster Boat The Connemara Bay and Headed To The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Kevin O’Maley and his crew swung by the dock with a Blue Lobster that they caught just off the Breakwater when lobstering yesterday.  being the stand-up men they are they will be bringing it to The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center so that the community can enjoy checking it out.

Kevin and the boys also charter their boat for full or half day fishing trips.   You can find them online at www.cbcharters.com

look for the video tomorrow

Go to the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center to check it out. info here-


Thank You Kevin and crew for bringing the lobster to us to share with our readers.

GMG Baby- you saw it first!


$6 For A Family Pass To The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center On Groupon

I think I’ve written and told more people in the past that The Heritage Center along with a whale watch, a sail on the Thomas Lannon and stop at Cape Ann Museum are all must-do activities for any tourist as well as locals when in Gloucester MA.  Here is an opportunity to get your whole family in to see all the cool stuff at the Heritage Center including the touch tanks, Geno’s Dory Shop which Marty highlighted yesterday, the Dive Locker, the exhibits, the docks, the list goes on and on.

Do yourself a favor and instead of getting pounded for $20 plus at the New England Aquarium per person plus parking or the over $10 per person at The Peabody Essex Museum spend a measly SIX DOLLARS for your whole family for an experience where you get to touch fish right down on the docks!

Click here for the deal


Here is some of the cool stuff you can see there-

Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery At Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Getting pictures of stuff behind glass is a challenge, especially without a tripod and with funky lighting but this gives you a little glimpse of some of Gloucester’s fishing past which has been preserved and displayed here.  You just gotta go check out the exhibit at The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.  These are original advertisement and packaging from Gorton’s back in the day.  There’s just a ton to look at and discover here.

If you are looking for a Mother’s or Father’s day gift with a Gloucester flair, look no further than the GMHC gift shop. There are literally hundreds of Gloucester themed items for sale.

click on the picture to view the video-

Here is one of the many displays at the GMHC.  Depicted is a schooner fisherman in a bosun’s chair.  The Bosun’s Chair is what would get hoisted up to work on the rigging up on the huge schooner’s masts.

Click The picture to view the video which was filmed a couple of yeas ago-

Here students and visitors can touch marine life and get interactive. It’s a great way to bring kids that don’t have any interaction with marine life into the fold.

There are many interesting activities for children and families at the GMHC.

Places In Gloucester You’ve Probably Never Been-The Gear Room At The Gloucester Marine Railway

As part of my ongoing search to bring you places in Gloucester that you probably never had access to I present you the gear room in which the motor that pulls up to 200 tons of boat out of the water at the Marine Railways at The Gloucester Maritime heritage Center resides.

Look for the video tomorrow morning


Gloucester Gig Rowers – Open House on Sunday

Wicked Local Photo by David Sokol

WHAT Open House

WHO Gloucester Gig Rowers

WHEN Sunday, May 15, 5-8 p.m.

WHERE Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Harbor Loop


With warmer weather just around the corner, the Gloucester Gig Rowers want to offer a unique alternative to those looking to get out a bit more and meet new people this summer.

The group rows in a pair of Cornish pilot gigs –seafaring craft that are traditionally about 32 feet long and require six rowers and a coxswain to be considered fully manned – from April to November every year out of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. Some row recreationally, some row competitively and some are just trying it out for the first time.

Billed as a social experience as well as an opportunity for exercise and a little competition, members of the Gloucester Gig Rowers are hoping to attract others to what makes gig rowing and being part of the group so appealing. With that in mind, the non-profit organization will host an open house to the public on Sunday, May 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.

Read more: Gloucester Gig Rowers to hold open house on Sunday – Gloucester, MA – Wicked Local 

Video- Building The New Grand Banks Dories With Geno Mondello, Sunken Schooner Esperanto Salvaged Ships Bell

This Morning (Saturday June 5th) The International Dory Race Eliminations are being held at Niles Beach.  They start at 8:30AM.

Besides being a fantastic event, it may be your last opportunity to wish Jimmy T well before he shoves off as a “fish inspector” down in the Gulf.;)

Here’s video taken just this week of the new Grand Banks Dories being built for the International Dory Group here in Gloucester.  They are adding 3 more dories to the many dories that you are able to use for a simple $50 yearly fee.

There’s also a huge bell in this video which was salvaged from the Schooner Esperanto which you may find interesting.

Schooner Esperanto

From The Website of Tom Welch which has much more information here

Gloucester Fishing Schooner, “Esperanto”, 1920

Captain “Marty” Welch

The schooner Esperanto was designed by Tom McManus of Boston, built by Tarr and James Shipbuilders of Essex, Massachusetts, and launched on June 27, 1906. Esperanto was 107 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 11 feet deep. Esperanto’s gross weight was 140 tons, and her net weight was 91 tons. She was named for the international language of Esperanto, which means literally “the hoping one”.

Despite the highly dangerous nature of fishing in the north Atlantic from sailing vessels, and the terrible death toll that resulted, there was only one life lost on Esperanto. On 17 March 1916, crewman John Burnham of Gloucester was knocked overboard by the main boom, and drowned.

On May 30, 1921, just months after winning the International Fisherman’s Schooner Race in Halifax, Esperanto struck the submerged wreck of the “S. S. State of Virginia” off Sable Island, and sank. The crew manned Esperanto’s dories and rowed away, and were eventually rescued. The skipper on that trip was Capt. Tom Benham. Isaiah Gosbee, the cook from the 1920 races, was among those aboard Esperanto that day.

Attempts were made to salvage Esperanto, and she was actually raised by pontoons several times, but each time she slipped beneath the waves again. After a month of attempts, the efforts to raise her had caused such damage that the salvage operation was reluctantly halted.


Fred Dodge brings Down East stories to Heritage Center on April 9

Courtesy photo

Fred Dodge

By Anonymous
Posted Apr 06, 2010 @ 05:43 PM
Gloucester —

Fred Dodge will tell Down East stories in the “Bert and I” tradition at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The always dry, often vaguely familiar tales range from rambling stories to one liners, many of them punctuated by distinctive low tech sound effects. Admission is $10, $8 for Heritage Center members.

Fred’s November appearance was a sell out so advance purchase of tickets is suggested. The storytelling presentation will take place in the Heritage Center’s Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery, surrounded by the kind of artifacts that fill many coastal New England attics – compasses, foghorns, shipbuilding tools, old codfish boxes and the like. Free homemade cookies and soft drinks are included in the ticket price.

Fred is the brother of the late Marshall Dodge, who together with Yale classmate Robert Bryan originated the “Bert and I” stories over 50 years ago. Specializing in a distinctive Maine dialect, the pair created the roles of two down east fishermen whose boat sunk after being sliced in two by a steamer. Fred honors his brother’s memory by keeping the stories alive. He uses humor to explore the true character of crusty Yankee New Englanders.

For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, call the Center at 978-281-0470.

Captains Courageous Festival a Full day of Activities

Captains Courageous Festival presented by seARTS March 6th.  A full day of activities from 9:00 AM through 9:30 PM.   Reading by a cast of many at Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, and Cape Ann Art Haven. 

Link to  Play slideshow

Cape Ann Community Cinema presented the Three Sheets to the Wind,  The Cape Ann sea Shanty Singers & Musicians  and Captains Courageous (1937 film) with Spencer Tracy & Lionel Barrymore.

Videos of the Readings and the Cape Ann Shanty Singers.

Sorry for the long posting, but I will be on holiday for the next two weeks.

Check out seARTS  http://www.searts.org/events.htm


Shore-side fun for festival visitors

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer- Gloucester Daily Times

The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, now in its 10th year, has created a special day for land-bound visitors to the Schooner Festival.

Landlubbers will have a smorgasbord of activities to choose from during its seventh Heritage Day this Saturday.

“We’re pleased that we can participate to provide more land-based activities, for families in particular, because there are lots of wonderful things to see, but for many of them you have to be on the water. So the Heritage Day allows us to give exposure to many things,” center director Harriet Webster said.

The center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada’s Bluenose II will be berthed at the center from tomorrow through Monday and will offer free public deck tours Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at other times to be decided throughout the weekend. Other vessels docked at the center and available for dockside viewing include the Roseway, the Pride of Baltimore and the Unicorn.

Read more here.

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