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Congratulations to Greg Bover and Michael Bergman! Both were awarded Schooner Adventure’s Volunteers of the Year at the annual meeting of the Adventure.
Help us connect children and adults to Gloucester’s maritime culture. Schooner Adventure is a unique platform designed to engage through hands-on experiences, providing lasting lessons and an appreciation of our shared maritime heritage.
During Sunday’s podcast we talked about Harold Burnham’s book The Shipwright and the Schooner and mentioned the book signing at Strawberry Banke on November 12th. On Thursday evening, November 17th, Harold will be giving a talk and book signing at Maritime Gloucester (with spirits tasting provided by Ryan & Wood).
From the publisher:
The Shipwright and the Schooner
Building a Windjammer in the New England Tradition
By DAN TOBYNE – HAROLD BURNHAM
Beginning in 2010, Essex, Massachusetts shipbuilder Harold Burnham took on the challenge of constructing a wooden sailing vessel using traditional techniques. He cut the trees himself from his woodlot, and milled them himself at his boatyard. Using volunteer labor from hundreds of friends, acquaintances, and community members, and recycled and repurposed materials he constructed, in just under a year, the schooner Ardelle at a cost of less than $20,000.
The Shipwriight and the Schooner is an exploration into traditional New England shipbuilding, and it is a journey of discovery for both the author, who has spent his life building wooden boats, and the photographer, who had his first experiences in the boatyard. The book chronicles in words and stunning color photographs the construction, launch, and subsequent season of sailing aboard the Ardelle. The vessel is a testament to community involvement and a badge of honor in the age of mass production. It is a reminder of simpler times, when things were meticulously crafted by hand, and of a lifeway that has mostly vanished.
The Shipwright and the Schooner is published by Rowman and Littlefield and is available to purchase at Maritme Gloucester.
Exciting news–the Schooner Lynx will be returning to Gloucester next year for the Schooner fest! The captain of the Lynx, Donald Peacock, wrote the following, “Thank you for noticing Lynx in your harbor. Gloucester Marine Railways have been most hospitable and we look forward to returning for Lynx 2017 yard period and the 2017 Gloucester Schooner Race and Festival.”
A magnificent ship under sail, she was a joy to watch and to photograph as she moved through the Harbor, setting course for Saint Petersburg, Florida, via Portland, Maine. You can see in the last photo that by the time she was passing Brace Cove she was under full sail with her square sail hoisted too. Safe travels Schooner Lynx and crew!
Perhaps you’ve noticed the towering masts and proportionately large flag of the ship currently docked at Rocky Neck Marine Railways. They caught my attention this morning when at the Fish Pier taking photos as the masts are almost as tall as those of the Schooner Columbia. The flag and masts belong to the tall ship Lynx, a privateer inspired by the original tall ship that battled the British during the War of 1812. That war ship was named the Privateer Lynx.
The Lynx is a square topsail schooner. Her port of registry is Portsmouth, New Hampshire and her homeports are Nantucket during warmer months and Saint Petersburg, Florida during wintertime. She is on her way to Portland and is scheduled to depart Gloucester on Monday. The Lynx is an educational organization devoted to hands-on programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence during the War of 1812. You can read more about the ship on the Lynx website here.
This was the only U.S. flag to have fifteen stripes. Two stripes and two stars were added for Vermont and Kentucky when they became states. Congress had a change of heart and in 1818, proclaimed that one star for each new state would be added on the 4th of July following the state’s admission to the union and there would be thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
From wiki – A privateer was a private person or ship that engaged in maritime warfare under a commission of war. The commission, also known as a letter of marque, empowered the person to carry on all forms of hostility permissible at sea by the usages of war, including attacking foreign vessels during wartime and taking them as prizes. Captured ships were subject to condemnation and sale under prize law, with the proceeds divided between the privateer sponsors, shipowners, captains and crew. A percentage share usually went to the issuer of the commission. Since robbery under arms was common to seaborne trade, all merchant ships were already armed. During war, naval resources were auxiliary to operations on land so privateering was a way of subsidizing state power by mobilizing armed ships and sailors.
2016 Gloucester Schooner Festival – Dedicated to Kay Ellis
Highlights from Gloucester’s magnificent Schooner Festival, including the schooner welcome, Parade of Sail, the schooner race from a rocky cliff outpost, awards ceremony where Fly Amero and Daisy Nell honor Kay with a song, Daisy tells a funny joke, Adventure Captain Stefan Edick wins a special award, fireworks from Stage Fort Park, and more. The film opens with scenes of Cape Ann schooners, participating schooners, and Gloucester fishing boats, shot all around Gloucester Harbor during the weekend of the festival.
With special thanks to Al Bezanson, Daisy Nell, and Schooner Welcome Committee members Brett Ramsey, Max Ramsey, and Nick Ramsey.
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is held each year over Labor Day weekend and organized by Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee. The Schooner Festival celebrates the role the fishing schooner has played in the maritime heritage of the east coast, especially Cape Ann.
2016 Particpating Schooners and Captains
Adventure – Stefan Edick
Ardelle – Harold Burnham
American Eagle – John Foss
Apella – Dan Hall
Bald Eagle – Paul Cole/Judith Nast
Blackbird – Peter Thompson
Columbia – Karl Joyner
Eileen Marie – Peter Houston
Fame – Mike Rutstein (not raccing)
Green Dragon – Andy Bezanson
Hindu – Josh Rowan
Ishmael – Fred and Sarah Murphy
Istar – Josiah Mayo
Lettie Howard – Colin Graham
Liberty Clipper – Dylan Saltzman
Light Reign – Mike Lawrence
Malabar II – James Lobdell
Narwhal – Bob Bernert
Principles – Derek Durling
Redbird – Daisy Nell/Stan Collinson
Roseway – Tom Ryan
Sugar Babe – Ed Boynton
Thomas Lannon – Heath Ellis
Tree of Life – Paul Morse
Tyrone – Matt Sutphin
The beautiful (and wonderfully fun) Schooner Thomas Lannon continues to offer sailing excursions throughout autumn. Check out their website here for availability.
Schooner Eileen Marie and Gloucester City Hall
Schooner Light Reign and Schooner Narwahl
Schooners Paint Factory
All photos in the gallery are labeled with the Schooner name; click the image for the caption. If any of the labels are amiss, please let me know. Thank you!
Snapshots taken on race day, at the morning meeting of the captains and the evening’s closing ceremony, and a few the day before. So many thanks to Al Bezanson for introductions, his much appreciated knowledge and advice generously shared, and for being an all around great guy. I’ve tried to accurately caption; click on the photo to read the captain’s names and their schooners.
Captain Harold Burnham, Schooner Ardelle, and Captain James Lobdell, Schooner Malabar II
Captain Matt Sutphin, Schooner Tyrone and Captain Al Bezanson, Schooner Green Dragon
Such a pretty lobster boat, don’t you just love the crisp clear contrasting colors of the Stanley Thomas?
Congratulations to all the schooner Captains and their crews for an exciting race. The winning times were very close, especially in the category of the older large schooners where they are only about five minutes apart (Columbia is not included as she is a two year old schooner). Captain Karl Joyner graciously accepted the Mayor’s Trophy for the Columbia.
The highlight of the ceremony came when Captain Stefan Edick was awarded not only the Esperanto Cup, but also the George Nichols Cup. The Nichols Cup is awarded for seamanship and to an individual contributing to the maritime community. It is not given every year.
Captain Stefan Edick and the Adventure Crew holding the Esperanto Cup at Sunday night’s 32nd Gloucester Schooner Festival race award ceremony
Another day of pure joy and excitement watching the Parade of Sails from the Lady Jillian. http://www.capeannharbortours.com/shuttle.html
The boys and I were lucky enough to catch a ride with some friends yesterday to get up close and personal with some of the schooners that paraded in the harbor yesterday afternoon. The other side of the breakwater was a bit unforgiving in regards to photo ops, but it is always…regardless of the weather…wonderful to be in the midst of those gorgeous ships.
Rick and I had a great day on Saturday visiting the Rocky Neck Railway and seeing the Columbia, The Ardelle going by and then we went Maritime Gloucester where this event was hopping with all sorts of great vendors and lots of people. After that we went kayaking in Gloucester Harbor. The Schooners were in full sail. It was an amazing day. Look forward to the parade of sail on Sunday morning.
Three of our Gloucester schooners all lined up for a moment during the Parade of Sail
Oh what a day on Sunday. Rick and I were on the Lady Jillian for the Parade of Sails. Took over 600 photos but here is one of my favorites. Thank you Manny for laughs on the Lady Jillian.
Just kidding, you couldn’t meet a nicer bunch of gentlemen! Best wishes to all for a great race.
Snapshots from the Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception held Friday night on the grounds of the Coast Guard station. After the reception guests headed over to the Maritime Gloucester gala, An Evening Under the Spars, this year held at the Beauport Hotel. The gala sold out early and was a grand success. Proceeds from this event directly support Maritime Gloucester’s Ocean Explorers program and educational marine science outreach to all Cape Ann public schools.