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Recent Adventures of CB

Some of CB’s Adventures in November around town:  At the Breakwater



At Good Harbor Beach:


And at Rafe’s Chasm.  She likes to be by the water………


It’s very interesting looking at the world through CB. The perspective gives you pause to contemplate the beauty of nature from an angle that confuses the brain at first but then brings joy to the eye.

New Photo Adventure

When I was about eight years old I began to help my dad develop film in our basement darkroom. My job was to separate the paper backing from the film rolls before immersing them in the developer tank.It wasn’t long until I had my own camera and, with help, started processing my own film. Cameras have not been far from my reach ever since.

But things change. Although I had a home wet darkroom for many years, the digital photography sirens’ seductive call entranced me and I fell under its spell. In around 2003 I bought my first digital single lens reflex (Nikon D100)and have been shooting digital ever since.

Until now. There is something about film photography that still attracts me. Yes, you give up the instant gratification of viewing your images immediately, but you gain the ability to be patient while the film sits undeveloped in your camera. And since film can be expensive, I believe the photographer learns to be more discerning when deciding composition and camera settings. I also believe, despite the wonderful quality of digital cameras and editing programs, that an image caught on film is somehow more “real” than a bunch of dots arranged, not by the picture taker, but by a computer scientist who can’t know what meaning or feeling you hope your photo captures.

Anyway, I recently bought a wonderful compact 35mm rangefinder film camera. For those who are interested in such things, it is a Voigtlander Bessa r2m. It is fully mechanical and manual and can shoot without a battery, although they are needed to power the in camera meter, if you choose to use it.

This does not mean that I am giving up digital photography. First of all, with the volume of photos I take, I would go broke very quickly paying for film and processing.Secondly, digital photography often yields beautiful results. Its convenience cannot be ignored and the variety of digital gear that is available to the enthusiast is mind boggling. I see the two,digital and film,as being complementary; each for its own purpose and use.

So here are a few shots from the first roll of film shot with the R2M. These are not masterpieces, but simply a starting point for me to get reacquainted with an old friend.
(All shot on Kodak 400 T-max film.)

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Adventure on the Railway

After a spectacular season Adventure went up on the Railway to get some love.

 Special thanks to the Captain’s that sailed, the terrific crew, and all the volunteers that show up.  Special thanks to all the special people that just came along for the ride. Thanks for all the terrific memories Adventure, you make us proud!

Descendants Sunday Sail on Adventure

Out into the fog we went with thirty-eight descendants of Capt. Jeff Thomas, crew members and dorymen Frank Redmond, Samuel Amirault, Willie Muise (30 & 40’s) and Lovitt E. Spinney.  We also had relatives of the boat builder, John G. James.  The niece of Captain Frank Mitchell was aboard, she told me the story of how he rode out the Hurricane of 1938 with 140,000 lbs of fish in the hold and made it back to Boston, all safe.

In and out of the fog all afternoon it was an amazing day hearing the families stories and memories.  One family member brought a cannon on board and we were able to fire twice, just another fantastic Adventure!

As we headed in Schooner Lannon and Ardelle headed out for there second trip in the fog.

SchoonerAdventure Dinner on the Deck

Last night 12 very lucky people that purchased the Great Gatherings Adventure Deck Dinner at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual Auction had a marvelous night.  The event was hosted by Sara Young and Captain William Leathers.  The food was generously donated by Relish Catering & Events.  From Sara’s Dark & Stormy when we arrived to the Cinnamon Panna Cotta it was a night to remember.  We couldn’t have had a more perfect night on our beautiful harbor.  We all love Cape Ann!!!

Dedication of Restored Captain’s Cabin on Adventure 

Friday night at Maritime Gloucester the beautifully restored Captain’s Cabin on the Adventure was dedicated in honor of Joseph & Helen Garland who treasured Adventure and her home port of Gloucester.  Forever to be The Garland Captain’s Cabin.

In honor of the event Peter & Audi Souza presented Helen with a lovely picture painted by Audi.


Anticipation is building for Gloucester’s fabulous and beautiful Schooner Festival. After a year and a half of Harbor renovations it is a joy to see Schooner Adventure and Schooner Ardelle return to their home at Maritime Gloucester.Schooner Columbia will be berthed next to the Adventure during the 2017 Schooner Festival, as she has in previous years, save for last year’s Festival. Friday’s schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 1, 2017

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.

Schooner Adventure Crew

Schooner Columbia


Check here for the 2017 Schooner Festival schedule of events.

Compass Rose ~ Bronze and glass sculpture by Mark Read, Maritime Gloucester

Cape Ann’s Schooners
 Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail
 Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943
 Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester.
 Bald EagleGreen Dragon  and Sugar Babe from Gloucester
 Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex.  View of the Paint Factory from Maritime Gloucester

Businesswomen’s Sunset Cruise on Schooner Adventure

Cape Ann Community

Join us for the annual Businesswomen’s Sunset Cruise and enjoy a wonderful sail aboard one of Gloucester’s oldest working vessels, Schooner Adventure! Sail Gloucester Harbor and beyond, enjoy a glorious Cape Ann Sunset, network and enjoy the company of other area Businesswomen.

A light meal will be provided. BYOB – a wonderful opportunity to bring your own libations to enjoy on the sail!  Concoct your favorite concoction or share a bottle of your favorite wine with a friend – bring it along to enjoy! Water and soda available on board.

CLICK HERE to register today!


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Adventure has returned – and is sailing from Gloucester

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After an early summer of intense activity showing the Gloucester flag in other ports, the 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned and is taking passengers sailing for the rest of the season. In her role as ambassador for the city, she was in the thick of the Tall Ships Parade at Sail Boston in early June, went north for the Portland Schooner Festival, and then on to Boothbay for Windjammer Days, welcoming thousands on board for deck tours and daysails.

Now she is back at her home berth at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop and offering sailing opportunities several times a week, typically Wednesdays and Fridays in the late afternoon and Saturday mornings, as well as special events and group outings. Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark fishing schooner is fully restored and Coast Guard certified, sailing aboard is a satisfying and exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Information and schedules at


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It was a grand day for the Schooner Adventure and Maritime Gloucester as our beautiful National Historic Landmark has returned to her home berth at the Maritime center. The reconstructed pier looks fantastic, and ready for a summer of fabulous fun and educational experiences. Come on down and check out the pier and see the Adventure back at home. Click here for Schooner Adventure’s exciting calendar of upcoming events and summer programs, as well as here for news and noteworthy activities at Maritime GloucesterCaptain Willy Leathers and Crew
Don Boye, Captain Stefan Edick, Michael Bergmann, and Steve Parks

Moving the float from the Jodrey Fish Pier across the Harbor to Maritime Gloucester pier.


In the next day or so, the Schooner Adventure will be leaving the Jodrey State Fish Pier and returning to her home at Maritime Gloucester! Look for the Adventure making her way across the Harbor.

As Captain Stefan Edick is assuming more responsibilities in his executive director role, Captain Willy Leathers (above) will be commanding the Schooner. An absolutely fantastic season of education, adventure, and sailing events is scheduled for 2017. Visit the Schooner Adventure website here for more information. Last days at the Jodrey for the Adventure!

Portland Maine adventures

Spent the weekend at a Photo Workshop with the guys at New England Photo Workshops doing some Black and White photography in Portland, ME.   Got to spend some quality time with my youngest chick Melodey while she gets her feet wet in photography and have myself some one on one time with my camera.   Portland is a great area and even though Saturday was a tough day to be outside, let alone with your camera gear… bad weather does make for some good black and white photos!  If you are new to your camera or just want to visit some new locations with other photography fanatics, Bob Ring and Don Toothaker at New England Photo Workshops are a couple of great guys who are really enthusiastic and passionate about what they do and are great about sharing their vast knowledge.  Check out their website  for their workshop schedule and follow them on facebook!

Schooner Adventure Volunteer Session

I received the following from Captain Willy Leathers:

“Our Thursday April 6th Intro session will be held at the Maritime Gloucester classroom, located on the lower floor as you walk towards the main pier.  It will run from 1800-2000, with some pizza and refreshments provided. This session is intended to welcome everyone back for the operational season, check in regarding our up coming training and volunteer opportunities; it is intended for existing and new volunteers alike.  If you have a friend who may be interested in joining Adventure as well feel free to bring them along!”

from aftThis is a great opportunity to get involved with one of the true gems of Gloucester. I’ve been volunteering aboard for a while now and it’s one of the most satisfying and exciting things I do. You don’t have to know anything about sailing to get started and the training is always well done. We’ll be starting Saturday work parties next weekend as the winter cover comes off and the ship is up-rigged for the jam-packed sailing season ahead. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the gang that keeps this National Historic Landmark sailing.

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