Category Archives: Beautiful Industry

Tourist from St Louis Missouri

A delightful couple from St Louis Missouri who come to Gloucester at least two times a year.  We exchanged emails and they sent me a photo they took at Stage Fort Park, the lobster they said was bought off a boat at Capt. Joe’s.

St Louis (1)

st l loobster

Pretty sure this is Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) Back in 1937 and The Same Scene That I Captured in 2012

Gloucester Coal building is in the background, now the lumber shed for The Building center which you can see in the 2012 picture just to the left behind the F/V Mary and Josephine. It also looks like the building at the end of the right pier has the same pitched roof as the one in the 2012 photo.


Waterfront, Gloucester, Massachusetts


Arthur Rothstein


September 1937


Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) May 27, 2012

The “New” Old Cart At The Dock @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

Here’s the “new” old cart Brian O’Connor found on Craig’s list in Haverhill and I picked up Friday morning.
The “old” old cart I claimed at an old industrial site in Chelsea and it was being thrown away about 20 years ago. I had no idea what the brand was, all I know is that it was extremely rugged. The type of rugged that could withstand the brutal saltwater conditions of a lobster dock year in and year out. In the Craigslist ad the man listed the similar “newer” old cart as a Fairbanks cart so I googled the company and found out they are still in business.
from the website:

For more than 125 years, the Fairbanks Company has been shipping quality material handling equipment from our manufacturing facilities in Rome, GA. Our facilities encompass more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. To maintain our leadership role in the industry, we have modernized our facilities with the latest in robotic welding, electrostatic powder coating and CNC machining of wood parts.

These techniques have resulted in the expansion of our product offerings, making us a premier supplier of casters, wheel, handtrucks, platform trucks and dollies.



You can see the difference between the “new” old cart and the “old” new cart in that the cart below has it’s main load carrying wheels based in the middle of the cart so if you place the load in the middle there is a even disbursement of the weight and makes it easy to move on the larger wheels. They call it a tilt style cart.  The “new” old cart has the two big wheels pushed further to the front corner of the cart and two big casters at the back.  In the “old” old cart you could turn it 360 degrees in place, with the placement of the wheels on the “new’ old cart it will be slightly less easy to maneuver but will make it easier to pull the crates off of the platform of the cart without the cart wanting to rotate needing for another person to hold the handles while the other worker pulls the crates onto the platform scale.  Also the weight bearing wheels on the “new” old cart are much larger.

Here’s the “old” old cart that has been used to offload millions and millions of pounds of lobsters over the past decade.



It’s humming out there. Five boats in. One still hauling #lobster Traps. Crazy. @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

A mad rush by Lobstermen this morning to try to move their pots to safer waters ahead of the upcoming Nor ‘Easter @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA


Storytellers… @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

A video posted by Joey C (@captjoe06) on

Capt. Pete Favazza – Ambassador of Gloucester Harbor

IMG_8192Captain Peter Favazza of the Miss Julian of Cape Ann Harbor Tours, is truly the Ambassador of Gloucester Harbor.

Capt. Pete enlightens his guests on the Miss Julian  of Gloucester Harbor, it’s history, the boats and the industries still found on the water front.  During the Schooner Festival he provides information about each schooner and it’s history.  Everyone that rides the shuttle Thank Capt. Pete and the crew of Miss Julian for a wonderful and fun summer of 2015.




An Icon Of The Gloucester Waterfront Is Retiring After 34 Plus Years- Peter Haskell At Rose’s Marine

There will be an open house at Rose’s to wish Pete well in his retirement Thursday and Friday from 7AM-5PM.
Saying that Rose’s is one of the most integral parts of the Gloucester waterfront and that Pete along with Marty and Frank Rose have been there from the beginning is absolutely without question no exaggeration. Of course Rose’s will continue on just fine when Pete retires but the knowledge base he takes with him is a treasure. I can say from the thirty plus years I’ve walked through those doors, the guys like Rusty, Frank, Frank, Pete and Marty have never once failed to execute and get our business up and running and all with a positive friendly attitude. An icon from the Gloucester waterfront has earned his retirement, best of luck to you Pete, we all wish you the best that life has to offer in retirement!



Schooner Green Dragon Gloucester Schooner Festival Al Bezanson ©Kim Smith 2015Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner is in the foreground with the Schooners Mystic and Roseway in the background. Click to view larger. I’ve been too swamped and neglected to post Schooner Fest photos and will try to schedule this weekend although there have been so many gorgeous photos posted, more may be redundant.

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