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Ron Gilson Tells Fish Tales Aboard Adventure

Dear Joey,

Here’s a link to a video shot by Henry Ferrini at the most recent Fish Tales, the Gloucester Writers’ Center story telling event. Our pal Ron Gilson, the last living person to have fished aboard Adventure, told his story to about a hundred listeners on deck and on Webster Pier at Maritime Gloucester. We had nine other story tellers and their stories will be available at


Greg Bover


And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

Bing McGilvray Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015jpgBing McGilvray

Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

Fish Tales at Schooner Adventure

Dear Joey,

You know that one of my personal efforts is to encourage non-profits in the city to work together and help each other grow. Here’s a good example of how that can happen. The poster attached is for Fish Tales, the popular live story telling program that is a part of the Gloucester Writers’ Center. This month it is being held on the deck of Adventure, and will feature former fishing crew member Ron Gilson, as well as several other well-known local raconteurs, telling true stories on the theme “Home.” Adventure is of course tied up at Webster Pier, part of Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop. Three great local organizations working together; everybody wins.

Thank you for your help getting the word out on GMG.




Adventure’s Freight Hauling Voyage from Greg Bover

Gloucester’s recently restored 1926 Schooner Adventure was hired by a group of Maine farmers, the Greenhorns, and an outfit called Maine Sail Freight, to carry goods from Portland to Boston for sale in the Boston Public Market, the first such delivery under sail since before WWII. Their idea was to show that there are alternative ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. I shipped aboard as a volunteer deckhand. It was a privilege to be part of such a fine crew (most of whom are half my age or less).

We left Gloucester at 2300 on Wednesday after our regular member sail and arrived in Portland to load the next morning. There were plenty of volunteers to help get the goods on the ship. We left Portland at 0600 on Friday morning, sailed south all day and through the night tacking against the prevailing southwesterlies. I stood lookout and did my turns at the helm from 0400 to 0800 so I saw moonset and sunrise with my two watch mates while everyone else was asleep. It was an amazing experience to be sailing such a powerful ship twenty miles off the coast in darkness and almost total silence. Whales, porpoises, gannets, and shearwaters came by to check us out. There was some time to catch up on sleep and eat the great food coming from the galley before going back on watch from 1600 to 2000, and sailing into Boston Harbor. We unloaded early Sunday morning so the goods could be sold at the Boston Public Market and entertained visitors on deck during an Open Ship before sailing back to Gloucester and anchoring in the outer harbor allowing Columbia, in town for the Schooner Festival, to stay at our usual spot on Maritime Gloucester’s Webster Pier until the next morning. As the official schooner of the City of Gloucester, part of Adventure’s mission is to represent the city in places beyond Cape Ann, I think we did so ably. Our upcoming trips to Provincetown and New Bedford will continue that ambassadorial role.

A link to the NPR story:

My crewmate Lukas Baumgaertel sent these pictures. <<…>> <<…>> <<…>> <<…>>

Gregory R Bover

V.P. Operations, Project Manager

C. B. Fisk, Inc.

Cowboying the ForesailCraig and Natalie in the holddeck panoramaoff watch

Schoner Adventure Concert Under Sail With Marina Evans and Bernardo Baglioni

11845101_10153220549729585_1111632168866124104_oJoin us Sunday afternoon, August 23, at 3:00pm for an afternoon of acoustic folk under sail aboard the historic Schooner Adventure, with a pair of Cape Ann’s most acclaimed young musicians. Tickets are $60 General Admission, and $45 for members! For more information and to make your reservation, call our office at 978-281-8079. For more information about Marina and Bernardo, visit, or her FB page: See you there!


LOVE this cool view of the Schooner Adventure shot by crew member Michael Bergmann outside the breakwater on Wednesday’s member sail. Mike has worked on the Adventure since he was 14 years old, more than half his life!

Become a member of team Schooner Adventure; included in your membership you will get two tickets to sail. Book your first sail today–the next member sail is Wednesday, August 19th, from 3pm to 7pm. For more information on the Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark, visit the Adventure’s website here.

Schooner Adventure Mike Bergman ©Kim Smith 2015Mike Bergmann (foreground) and crew hoisting the fenders.

Captain Stefan Edick Mike Bergman Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015JPGCaptain Stefan Edick, left, and Mike Bergmann, right.

Gloucester Harbor View ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Harbor view from the bow of the Adventure

Schooner AdventureAdventure photo taken by Mark Krasnow at the Panerai Corinthian Classic in Marblehead.

Schooner Adventure Mast Hoops Made in Gloucester by Geoff Deckebach, Greg Bover, and Bill Holmes

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015The perfectly formed mast hoops on the Schooner Adventure were custom made at Gloucester’s own C.B. Fisk organ building company. The Newbury company Pert Lowell makes mast hoops however the largest they have to offer is only a foot in diameter. See the video of Greg, Geoff, and Bill making the hoops, from shaping the strips of steamed ash around the form to finished fastening. Geoff Deckebach is the lead shipwright and restoration project coordinator for the Adventure. Greg Bover shares that Geoff made the ingenious circular jig. The ash for the hoops was donated by Jim Knott, who also donated the ship’s engine.

The next member sail is this coming Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. Take advantage of this fabulous offer! For more information about becoming a member and sailing benefits visit the Adventure website here.

See previous GMG post here.

Video by Joanne Main.


Did you know that if you become a member of Schooner Adventure, your membership includes TWO FREE SAILS?

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -19 ©Kim Smith 2015At least twelve crew and volunteers are needed to help set sail and passengers are invited to participate. Note GMG contributor and Adventure super volunteer Greg Bover in the foreground.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -16 ©Kim Smith 2015

Hoisting the Sails

This past week I was invited by FOB Adam Bolonsky to sail the Schooner Adventure to take photos and write a bit for Good Morning Gloucester.Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -14 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -21 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -20  ©Kim Smith 2015

Sailing aboard the Adventure I felt transported to another time and place. Exhilarating, yet peaceful, the ship possesses a splendid grace and steadfastness. What a treasured gift to have had this experience. Thank you, thank you Captain Edick, Adam, and crew for a truly memorable afternoon. I can’t wait to adventure aboard the Adventure again!

Captain Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -17 ©Kim Smith 2015

With sunny and blue skies above, along with a moderately strong wind, Captain Edick remarked that it was perhaps the best sail of the summer.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Experiential learning is at the core of Adventure’s mission. Volunteer Adam Bolonsky teaches young sailors how to navigate Gloucester Harbor.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

In June, the Adventure was issued her Passenger Vessel Certificate by the Coast Guard. The member sails have become so popular dates have been added every week in August and early September.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -8 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -1 ©Kim Smith 2015The Advenutre is poised to be a tremendously positive ambassador for Gloucester. Saturday she participated in the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead. The vessel is a floating museum and classroom and there are plans to sail to nearby ports from where the Adventure used to sail as a fishing boat including Boston, New York, New Bedford, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Portland.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -23 ©Kim Smith 2015

Support the Adventure by becoming a member or volunteer–opportunities abound. Take advantage of this extraordinarily beautiful gift to Gloucester that is the Adventure! Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th City skyline ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015See Lots More Photos Here Read more

Gloucester Museum School – Project Adventure Summer Camp – Rowing the Jones River Salt Marsh

Gloucester Museum School – Project Adventure Summer Camp – Rowing the Jones River Salt Marsh

Martin Del Vecchio submits-

This is how kids start their day in the Project Adventure Summer camp; by rowing the Jones River Salt Marsh to the day’s destination.  My kids have done this camp for four years now, and they absolutely love it.

More info is available at


Kestrel Education Adventures and CACC Presents Film: Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team writes ~
Our good friends at Kestrel Educational Adventures are partnering, once again, with Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, to present a very special film. Antarctica: A Year on Ice was filmed throughout a single year.  It is the creation of long time Antarctic researcher and amateur film maker Mark Anthony Powell.  This award winning documentary is an intimate look at human life on the vast ice sheet of Antarctica.  The film incorporates extreme weather, the hilarious antics of a multinational isolated human population, and the joy of spring.
This spring we are proud to be hosting Dr. Allyson Hindle for a discussion, bonus wildlife film footage, and Q&A following the film Antarctica.  Allyson is an animal physiologist who studies the adaptations of species that permit them to live in extreme environments, such as Antarctica.  She was studying a few of these species onsite while the documentary was being filmed.
Saturday April 25th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
21 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
There will be free snacks provided, and additional snacks and drinks available for purchase through the theater.  Please purchase tickets in advance and arrive early, as seating is limited.
Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

New Adventures in Recovery

My doctors investigated the pain in my upper legs, and ordered up my first MRI, a story unto itself. Presently, I’m receiving radiation therapy every day for two weeks at the Lahey Medical in Peablody. Thank you, Easter Bunny, for helping me look forward and lifting my spirits.


You Can Own The American Eagle For $750,000 (Which Is a Steal Considering How Much Money They’ve Dumped Into The Adventure)

The American Eagle Has Been Completely Restored Meticulously And Can Actually Take Paying Passengers

(No slight to the well intentioned and passionate people who have donated millions upon millions to the restoration of The Schooner Adventure)  It’s going to be awesome once The Gloucester’s Big Dig Adventure gets sailing but in the meantime you can get the last Gloucester built fishing schooner which is a proven turn key sail operation.

Thanks Anthony Marks for submitting-


Here’s the link to the listing-

When I knew the American Eagle she was offloading whiting here at our dock- Captain Joe and Sons and she looked like she did in this first picture-


Frankie and I would nail the wooden box covers on the boxes of whiting to be shipped to New York’s Fulton Fish Market.  If you would have told me back then that The American Eagle would ever have gotten the makeover it got and be selling in 2015 for $750,000 I would have laughed you out of the building.  Probably one of the greatest success stories out of many failed dreams of restoring old, huge money to maintain wooden fishing boats.

Rosalie Parisi forwards this link back in 2012-

The American Eagle used to offload whiting and groundfish here at our dock back in the day.  It was an eastern rigged dragger which most of the Gloucester fleet was back then and Captained by Rosalie’s father Captain Joe Piscitello. 

The American eagle was bought from her father and converted into the boat she is now, a schooner.  You can read all about it here-


and now this is what she looks like-


More GMG coverage of Modern Day American Eagle-

The 2012 Gloucester Schooner Festival “The American Eagle”

Sail Gloucester 09- The American Eagle 4:40AM 7/6/09

Live Blogging The 2014 Schooner Race With Play Action Call From Daisy Nell!

The Schooner Defender From Al Bezanson

The 30th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival and Parade of Sails is Just Around the Corner!

2013 Schooner Race Results

Watching the Schooners from Niles Beach Friday Night

PISCITELLO FAMILY 1934 and Now Family Reunion

They are neck & neck

Let The Race Begin! from Vito Piscitello

Schooner Festival Images: Saturday

Community Stuff 8/17/12

29 days to the Gloucester Schooner Festival

Last of The Eastern Rigs From Jon Campbell

The Last Schooner

Sharon Update: Out at sea

Nick Parisi Photos Of The Picton Castle

Gloucester At Dawn Spirit Of Massachusetts 7/6/09 4:45AM

Lobster Cove, Magnolia, Stage Fort Park,Schooner Adventure, Maritime Gloucester Under Snow From Peter Dorsey #GloucesterMA

Peter Dorsey submits-
The Bridgewater footbridge which crosses an icy Lobster Cove


A snowy Lobster Cove from the beginning of Leonard Street


The Schooner Adventure on Maritime Gloucester’s main pier, and looking toward East Gloucester


Stage Fort Park full of snow from the Blizzards of 2015


Magnolia Beach looking toward Coolidge Point, Manchester


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