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Should provide some fantastic photo taking opportunities. For more info about the Phyllis A and it’s significance- http://www.phyllis-a.org/
Also check out the video put together by Robert Newton-
Mary Barker Submits-
What a difference a day(or in this case a week) makes. These photos of the Phyllis A were taken 6 days apart. The snow storm was March 5, the lovely sunny day March 11.
The board of directors meeting was March 15. Now I have to say, this is a group of people who know how to have a meeting! Gloria Parsons greeted us in the morning with
fresh home made cinnamon rolls and fruit, and of course coffee and tea. Then for lunch Gloria made some wonderful homemade stews, salad, and to die for homemade cream puffs!
Gloria is a seriously good cook! I think I’m going to gain a bit of weight on this board.
Among the topics for the board meeting was planning for public events to be held in April. Events will be posted soon. I know many of the Phyllis A events feature
Gloria’s cooking – well worth the trip if just for that!
In my travels this week I found lots happening down at the Gloucester Marine Railway despite the cold weather. The crews have been busy doing winter work
like sanding hulls,and repairing bilge pumps. On Saturday, the Adventure had a crew on board to clean the bilge and salt water wash the forecastle to prepare for
the installation of bunks. The Adventure will have people on board most days from 9 to 3 doing the carpentry world. The Phyllis A’s crew were also taking advantage
of the ‘warm’ (30 degree) weather and dis some salt water washing of her decks. I’m sure anyone who wanted to volunteer to help with any of the maintenance and
restorative projects for these historic boats would be most welcomed.
GloucesterCast 10/20/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: Red Sox Clinching and Odds That John Farrell getting Manager of the Year, Farm Bar and Grille vying for East Gloucester Spot, Smartphones on planes, GMG Caps, Passports Closed for a couple of weeks for Olive Kitteridge miniseries taping, Posts of the week including Kim Smith’s Love Letters To Gloucester and Marty Luster’s Phyllis A Video, people who email comments to GMG instead of posting their comments under the respective post.
The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.
This week Marty visited with Richard Arnold, the last captain of the gill netter Phyllis A. now undergoing an extensive restoration at Gloucester Marine Railways.
Phyllis A was built by Richard’s father in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1925. Richard skippered her from 1972 until the boat and he both retired in 2000. The boat is named for Richard’s sister, who, at age 4, helped christen the vessel.
Here, compressed into a few minutes, is the shared story of Phyllis A and Captain Richard Arnold.
Color photo © Kathy Chapman 2013
Image of Phyllis A. at Arnold’s Wharf ©Fredrik D Bodin 2013
Phyllis A From Bill Cox
Thanks again for all your support! Thought I’d send something in for the blog besides another fundraiser flyer and took some photos this past Saturday while we were doing some work. I haven’t sent pictures in to you before so if there is something else you need me to do, just let me know!
I think I would title it: Even in the dead of winter, there is work being done on the Phyllis A.
Thanks and have a good one!
You see the building that says Fish Market? That is the building where the fire was last week that the Gloucester Fire department quickly snuffed out. Look at Jay Albert’s pictures here from the scene His pictures are from the back of the building which is now a wood furniture maker.
Look at the stern of the the big schooner in the middle of the photo. off the stern is The Phyllis A. The oldest gillnetter in Gloucester and undergoing a major restoration project.
Read about and look at pictures of the restoration here in these Phyllis A posts
Thank you to Adam Gaffin at www.universalhub.com for the link to the picture.
File name: 08_06_023528
Title: Mass Views: Fishing schooner and fish market, Gloucester Harbor
Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)
Date created: 1940 (approximate)
Physical description: 1 negative : film, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.
Genre: Film negatives
Subject: Fishing industry; Fishing boats; Piers & wharves
Notes: Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.
Collection: Leslie Jones Collection
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: Copyright Leslie Jones.
Preferred credit: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
Took these photos July 6th of the Phyllis A being refitted while visiting my brother in East Gloucester.
Thought you might like to share.
Peter M Hennessey
The 1925 ‘Phyllis A.’ is now high and dry at the start of it’s restoration process at the Gloucester Marine Railways.
The Phyllis A. Marine Association is in the process of the restoration of this gill-netting fishing ship and has received some funding from the citizens of Gloucester through the Community Preservation Act.
A brief history of the Phyllis A. from "The Wheel House", How it all started!
Albert Arnold, the man who had the vessel built, owned a boat before the Phyllis A. called the Anna T. Captains Albert, Cy Tysver, and Mike Shoares, all “Michigan Bears”, had her built in Essex in 1913. She was about the same size as the future Phyllis A. and also a gill-netter. In 1923, Albert loaned the Anna T. to a family friend. Unfortunately, she was lost on the bar off Wingersheek Beach in the Annisquam River. The pilot house of the Anna T. floated to shore and was dragged up next to “the frog rock” (rocks painted to look like frogs) and made a shed out of it. The Anna T.’s pilot house/shed is there still today, sitting just south of frog rocks.
The insurance company paid Albert $4500 for the wreck, which he used to commission the building of the Phyllis A. at the Warner Shipyard, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Phil Boudain joined the venture with his nets, and when the Phyllis A. came down the ways in 1925, they set off gillnetting together.
Fishing the Phyllis A. has always been a family affair. Son Alvin Arnold took over from Captain Albert and sons Kenneth and Robert crewed. Later on, the youngest son, Richard, took on the captain’s position. From the beginning, Mrs. Arnold kept the books and kept everyone moving. Young Phyllis Arnold, though not a crew member, was present with the family when the vessel was christened and named for her. Then 3, she cried when she broke the bottle of champagne on the bow and splashed on the beautiful new deck!
Phyllis A. Marine Association
Our mission is not only the promotion of the industry and preservation of the vessel, but to provide the historical education of the fishing industry for our children.
Last Spring, the Phyllis A. Marine Association offered an educational program to East Gloucester Elementary School. Capt. Richard Arnold has done programs for the students of Veteran’s Memorial School and was interested in offering that program to the students of East Gloucester School. The program consists of a short movie about the Phyllis A., a short lecture, Q&A, and display of artifacts. The program lasts about one hour and can be designed to fit the needs of the students and teachers. This pilot program is offered free of charge. We hope to expand to more schools this Spring.
Phyllis A. Marine Association
c/o 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Kathy Chapman writes-
The beautiful lines of Phyllis A’s hull will only be visible for a few weeks at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Work on her is being funded by a 2011 Community Preservation Act grant from the residents of Gloucester.
From the Phyllis A. Marine Association: By focusing on the gill-netting industry, we highlight a time in Gloucester’s history that is not currently well covered. The Phyllis A. was fished by the same Gloucester family for 75 years. Many people working in Gloucester’s fishing industry today, at some point, fished off the Phyllis A.
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012
Wood and Steel
The Phyllis A is scheduled to be hauled out On may 2nd
Click The Links Below For More Information.
We had the privilege to offload the Phyllis a at our dock in East Gloucester. The Arnold brothers are among the classiest men the fishing industry has ever seen.
On Saturday, August 14th from 10AM to 2PM at the Gloucester Marine Railways, Rocky Neck, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of a group of fishermen from Charleviox, Michigan bringing gill net fishing to Gloucester and the whole East Coast.
They were called "the Michigan Bears" and the man who built the fishing vessel Phyllis A. was their leader.
The Phyllis A. is the oldest fishing boat in Gloucester Harbor (1 year older then Adventure) and she fished for the Arnold Family, out of Gloucester, for 75 years before becoming a museum ship over seen by the Phyllis A. Marine Association, a non-profit organization.
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