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After photographing USCG barque Eagle Friday afternoon, I wanted to take the deck tour on Saturday morning. The boarding ramp didn’t look like it would be too steep for my rollator at 9:30 am, low tide. But when I approached the stairs, I knew it would be a challenge. Both the ramp and steep stairs would have to be walked without the aid of my four–wheeled walker. I got on the ship with hard work and a sailor standing by. The main deck was fascinating and crew was fun to talk to, including officer candidate Flores, my tour chaperone.
The climb up the stairs disembarking Eagle was exhausting, especially going up. Two crew members guarded me against a fall in back and in front of me. On the last two steps, I asked for and got a “lift.” They were very happy to help me, and it was welcome. I thanked them for an excellent physical therapy session. Once on terra firma, my legs were shaking. I had pushed myself to the limit. When I heard the distant blasts of Eagle’s horn as she departed this afternoon, I realized what the experience was all about: I had challenged the stairs to stop me, and they could not.
Chuck and Sharon are from Florida. Chuck is from Miami and Sharon is the Tallahassee Lassie, and both love Cape Ann. We photographed the Eagle entering Gloucester Harbor, and then they showed the sticker in front of the ship.
Photos of the USCGC Eagle arriving today in Gloucester Harbor ~ It was tremendously beautiful to see the Eagle moving through the Harbor. I am looking forward to seeing this majestic cutter under full sail!
The Eagle is open to the public for free tours today, Saturday, the 30th, from 10am to 7pm.
From the Coast Guard website: Built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, Eagle is one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, which has been its homeport ever since. Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets, and more recently officer candidates, an unparalleled leadership experience at sea.
From wiki: A barque, barc, or bark is a type of sailing vessel with three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and only the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft.
Thanks to Joey for the alert that the Eagle had arrived!
This past spring while working on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph film project, I filmed Joe Virgilio making Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls and wrote a post for GMG about Virgilios. At that time, Al Bezanson, owner of the Green Dragon Schooner, shared that during Schooner Festival, Joe Virgilio welcomes the schooners with warm loaves of freshly baked bread as they sail into Gloucester Harbor.
Al provides more details:
Virgilio’s started donating bread to the visiting schooners two years ago, and it now threatens to become a popular new tradition. The first year Brett and Max Ramsey, in Brett’s high speed inflatable, met up with schooners as they entered the harbor and presented them with a loaf or two along with a pineapple. In some cases the bread was still warm from the oven. When that happened with Adventurer, out came the butter, and the bread was enjoyed in a flash. Last year Max and Dom Nesta made the deliveries, and more of the Sea Scouts may be handling it this year.”
In the photos Al provided, Green Dragon had just received a delivery in the outer harbor as she entered from Manchester.
I was so struck by the Virgilio’s generous, welcoming gesture and thought what better time to pass along Al’s story than the night before the Schooners begin to arrive. As Al points out, “When you get around schooner people you may hear them talking about the need to have extra butter aboard in Gloucester. This is a very big deal in fending off other ports that are vying for schooners that same weekend. Thanks Joe and the high speed Ramsey/Nesta delivery guys!”
If you are anything like me, its difficult to enjoy swimming when the water is icy cold. For the past three days, its been delightfully warm, even late in the afternoon, which is the time of day when I usually take a break from work to go for a walk (or swim). I’m heading over to the beach again this afternoon and hoping for four swimming days in a row!
Finally a few photos of last Saturday’s Block Party
I look forward to posts than other than those about my health. However, I think I’ve opened up an area that many folks are have interest in. I’ll always cherish the hospital and nursing home/rehab/VNA friends who saved my life.
For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School. The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible. I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer. That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area. Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!
This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses. I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.
While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.
Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor. This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!
We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups. They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!
One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane. We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip. The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.
We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th! Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!
We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art. Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.
We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools. Stunning scenery!
Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider. I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water. I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way. I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet. They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.
And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle. I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students. With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students. Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session. I can’t thank them enough!
This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area. How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources. I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have. There’s always next year :)
The competition was close; I think Rosalie won by only one point and ALL was wonderfully delicious! The mystery fish was dogfish. Both Rosalie and Paolo Laboa did a superb job in their 45 minute window of time to cook.
Peter VanNess and Paolo Laboa
More snapshots from the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.
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Front row, from left: Stevens Brosnihan, Amanda Cook, KT Toomey; back row: Adam Kuhlmann, Jeremy McKeen, James Dowd, Len Pallazola, and Brooke Welty