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From our Friend Len Burgess



—DON’T MISS THIS FUN EVENT— It should be a sell-out so sign on-board early. Ticket price is tax deductible and will benefit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

FOR TICKETS and info: Visit the Museum’s secure website:

or call: (978) 768-7541 or email: Tickets are $50.

World Oceans Day Fundraiser, Beach Clean Up and Whale Watch

Saturday at 10 AM – 6 PM
June 9, 2018
7 Seas Whale Watch
63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

World Oceans Day Fundraiser, Beach Clean Up & Whale Watch


(Tickets to our fundraiser are purchased on-site from a Sea Shepherd coordinator, we’ll be located at the 7 Seas pier where you board the Privateer IV. You can use cash or credit card. If you take part in the beach clean-up with us that morning, you can save $5 off your whale watch ticket ($35 instead of $40) or donate that to SSCS as well.)

In what is hopefully a new yearly event for us, we’ll be heading to one of our great historic New England towns (Gloucester) for a World Oceans Day fundraising event. Working with a couple local groups and organizations, we’ll begin our day spending a couple of hours helping clean up the beach. After a short break to clean up, eat or (for some) take your Dramamine, we’ll head out on what has always been a great day of whale watching with 7 Sea Whale Watch.

Please keep an eye out here on our event for additional details of our beach clean-up on Saturday morning. We’ll meet at the 7 Seas pier (right near where we will board the Privateer IV for our whale watch later) and head out from there. If you have gloves, buckets or bags please bring them… but we will have some on site if needed as well.

#SeaShepherd #worldoceansday #ocean #conservation #cleanocean #oceanplastic #pollution #whalewatch

Very honored to have my photo on the cover of this new novel

Georges Bank is a nineteenth century tale of determination and survival.

Maggie O’Grady, a bright but naïve Irish immigrant, is impregnated and discarded in a brothel by her first employer in the New World, a rich Boston merchant. Maggie struggles, and with the help of the women around her, raises her son and eventually finds love with a fisherman.

Georges Bank is set in Gloucester, Massachusetts, home to Kipling’s Captains Courageous and Junger’s Perfect Storm, in the days of sail during and after the Civil War. Thousands of Gloucester fishermen died at sea during that time — fighting in the trenches of war was safer than fishing on Georges and the other offshore fishing banks. Life was perilous for those left ashore as well, where the widows and their daughters, left with no legitimate means of support, were sometimes forced into lives of prostitution to survive.

The book climaxes with a wrongful death trial brought by the widows and children of two fishermen killed in a winter storm on a boat insured by the Boston merchant. Maggie’s son, by then a young lawyer, represents the widows. The trial presents a sobering look at the American justice system, its entanglement with the interests of the rich, and the harsh consequences of that inequity for the least powerful among us.

Georges Bank is a rip-roaring good story. The all-too-short lives of the fishermen are realistically portrayed, but so is the romance of a life lived at sea. The plight of the desperate women left behind is realistically shown as well. But there is kindness amidst the violence. By and large, they band together, sometimes in relationships that must be kept secret due to the norms of the time, and they persevere. 

Finally, this is the story of a woman who refuses to be a victim, who fights and strives and overcomes.


Bradley Bagshaw grew up in Gloucester and has lived with the sea since exploring Gloucester Harbor in a beat-up dory at age ten. Sailing instructor was his first job at sixteen, which was followed by work on the docks as a stevedore and a forklift driver. Then he was off to Exeter, Bowdoin, MIT, and Harvard Law School, and to a career as a lawyer suing fishing companies for mistreating their fishermen. Starting in 2007, Bradley and his wife sailed eleven thousand miles from Seattle to Tahiti and back on a thirty-nine-foot cutter. On that trip he conceived the idea for Georges Bank, his first novel.

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