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Launch Ceremonial Poem and Press Release From Tony Gross

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The City of Gloucester is proud to announce the start-up of a launch service in its beautiful harbor.  The launch is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company.  “This launch service will provide boaters a convenient gateway to Gloucester’s shops, museums, the Rocky Neck and the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural Districts, restaurants and shore-side amenities,” said Mayor Carolyn A Kirk.    

Gloucester Welcomes Cruising Boaters

The launch will provide cruising boaters with a safe option for bringing bulky loads to and from shore – e.g., laundry to the laundromat, groceries, or a mechanical part that was repaired in one of Gloucester’s marine repair shops.  As a cruiser’s port-of-call, Gloucester also has showers available for $2 at the YMCA for those who really want more than a sailor’s shower.  We offer pump-out service to your vessel.  Ice and water can be purchased at the local icehouse.  Gloucester has always been the best port on the North Shore for servicing all types of vessels, and now with the launch service, cruising boaters have a safe, dry and convenient option for getting ashore.

Day Boaters Can Enjoy Gloucester

Day boaters will now be able to come to Gloucester and have access to downtown using the launch.  Boaters will be able to pick up available City guest moorings or drop anchor in the large Federal anchorage conveniently located in the center of the inner harbor, under the watchful eye of the Harbormaster’s staff.  From these locations, boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

From these landing points boaters can enjoy:

  • A meal in one of our many excellent restaurants

  • A relaxing cup of coffee or tea in the coffee and tea houses

  • Shopping in the many fine shops

  • A visit to the museums

  • A visit to one of our salons and spas

  • A stroll along the historic and picturesque Harbor Walk

City Mooring Holders

The launch service will also be provided for Gloucester’s mooring holders that are within its service area. The ability to get to and from your vessel conveniently will enhance the enjoyment of the day.

Contact: Jim Caulkett, Harbormaster

978-282-3012

jcaukett@gloucester-ma.gov

Ceremonial Poem read By Tony Gross At Launch

TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO the Gloucesterman

For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. This boat will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call her “she.” To them we ask to celebrate the Gloucesterman.

TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO the Gloucesterman

The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this boat be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea.

TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO the Gloucesterman

Today we come to name this lady and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the Suffern Crew. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept this name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely.

TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO the Gloucesterman

We now pour champagne over the bow to appease King Neptune, and lay a branch of green leaves on the deck to ensure safe returns.

TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO the Gloucesterman

Launch Of The Schooner Ardelle Photos By Anthony Marks

Launch of the Schooner ‘Lewis H. Story’

The Lewis H. Story, (flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum)
was launched Tuesday April 24 after weeks of repairs and painting by
Museum volunteers. She’s tied up in the creek next to the Schooner Ardelle.
–Len Burgess

Pinky Schooner Ardelle Launch Video From Len Burgess

This is a short, six minute documentary of the launch of the Pinky Schooner Ardelle at Essex, MA. July 9, 2011. Produced by Len Burgess for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.The opening music features three players from the North Shore Celtic music scene: Steve Levy on banjo, David de la Barre on whistle and Linda Shields Swicker on guitar playing a set of Irish reels. The Waterfront Park String Band as well as Daisy Nell and Cap’t Stan with the Crab Grass Band entertain the crowds after the launch. The day’s play-by-play MC was Barry O’Brien. Included in the documentary are 3 great points of view of the actual launch courtesy of Kirk Williamson and GateHouse Media.

–Len Burgess

Timelapse Video- The Launching of The Beaver From East Gloucester Marine Railways From Good Morning Gloucester

Bringing it to you first, natch!

This is 18 minutes of video compressed into 1 minute 40 seconds.

The new Boston Tea Party Museum replica ship was launched this morning from East Gloucester Marine Railways.

The ship will be part of a Tea Party museum including the replica ships from the Tea Party and is scheduled to open in June in the Fort Point Channel in Boston.  The spot of the museum  is close to the original site of the December 1773 tea party, where colonists dumped tea in the harbor to protest British taxes.

The Launching of The Beaver From East Gloucester Marine Railways First Pics

The new Boston Tea Party Museum replica ship was launched this morning from East Gloucester Marine Railways.  Video of the launch in a timelapse is being uploaded as we speak.

GMG on the spot.

The ship will be part of a Tea Party museum including the replica ships from the Tea Party and is scheduled to open in June in the Fort Point Channel in Boston.  The spot of the museum  is close to the original site of the December 1773 tea party, where colonists dumped tea in the harbor to protest British taxes.

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VIDEO- SCHOONER ARDELLE LAUNCH FROM JOANNE MARKS

This one from the perspective behind the Schooner where all the action was including the jacking of the bow and the hammering away at the blocks!

Click here for the dozens of posts containing the building and launching of The Schooner Ardelle here at Good Morning Gloucester.
I think it is safe to assume that no one covered it as well all the way through as the GMG team.
Great Job everyone!

Unique Essex Side Launch of Wooden Schooner Ardelle Set for Today July 9th and Ardelle Photos From Len Burgess

The "Ardelle" getting ready for the Launch on Saturday.
Shot this from the "Lewis Story", the Shipbuilding Museum Schooner, coming home to
Essex for the "Ardelle" celebration on Wednesday.
-Len Burgess

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Vessel Will Careen Down the Ways and Hit the Essex River Basin with a Splash

Laurie Fullerton writes-

On Saturday, July 9 between 6 and 7 p.m. a historic Essex side launch of a 50-foot double sawn frame, two-masted, wooden schooner will take place at the Burnham Boatyard in Essex, MA. Ardelle was built by Harold Burnham, 44, of Essex who is an eleventh generation Master Shipwright. He will launch the vessel using the Essex side launch – where the massive schooner is literally leaned on its side and sent careening into the river basin.
Burnham is part of a shipbuilding legacy that dates back to the first settlers of Essex in the 1600s. With Essex’s long history as a shipbuilding town, where generations of shipwrights built vessels on the banks of the Essex River using the unique Essex side launch technique over three centuries..

"Essex shipwrights always used the simplest method they could to get the finished boat out of the way of the one they were about to start," said Burnham "The most popular method in Essex was called a side launch. Side launches were carried out by just leaning the vessels over onto a single way and skating them into the water on their own keel and one bilge."

"Of course, in today’s world the idea of sending a hundred tons of oak sliding on one side over smoking grease sounds dangerous, but that is only because we don’t do it much anymore. Just imagine the looks you would get from a 19th-century shipbuilder if you tried to explain to him what it is like to pass a car on an undivided highway. The truth is that of the approximately 3,300 vessels launched in Essex, we know of none that was seriously damaged in a launching accident. Further, there is no record of anyone being seriously hurt or killed at one of our launchings, either.

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Final preparations for the launch on Saturday.
Len Burgess

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Top Pick For Saturday- VIEW THE LAUNCH OF THE SCHOONER ARDELLE FROM THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM

SATURDAY, JULY 9 STARTING AT 3:00 PM

Join us at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Shipyard on Saturday, July 9, 2011 to view the launching of the Pinky Schooner Ardelle that is being built by Harold A. Burnham, an eleventh generation Essex shipwright. On Labor Day 2010 we celebrated the signing of her keel and the raising of her first frames. It was an exciting day and all who attended had a great time. Harold is now ready to launch the Schooner Ardelle and we will be there to celebrate.

It’s not often that wooden schooners are launched anywhere in this country, and we are fortunate to have in Essex a craftsman who knows how to build a wooden schooner the same way they were built centuries ago. Harold Burnham and a band of volunteers have spent the last 10 months building this vessel. They’ve been outside in snow storms, rain, and blistering heat. On Saturday, July 9th between 6 – 7 pm she will finally hit the water using the time honored, and exciting, Essex side launch. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is one of the best places to view a launch from the H.A. Burnham Boatbuilding yard, and we plan on celebrating. Starting at 3 pm we will have live music from Michael Forney’s Bluegrass Band, Daisy Nell and Captain Stan and the second graders from Essex Elementary will perform songs from “The Stowaway Mouse”, hot dogs and Italian sausages from Kayem, chowder from Woodman’s of Essex , and all kinds of beverages. So, mark your calendars and join us!

Check Out Marty Luster’s Week By Week Photo Progress Of The Ardelle Being Built Here

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