Category Archives: Schooner

CAPTAIN MARK RING AND THE BEAUTIFUL STANLEY THOMAS LOBSTER BOAT AT SCHOONER FEST

Such a pretty lobster boat, don’t you just love the crisp clear contrasting colors of the Stanley Thomas?

Stanley Thomas lobster boat Maritime Gloucester - Gloucester Schooner Festival copyright Kim Smith

Stanley Thomas lobster boat Gloucester City Hall Schooner Festival copyright Kim Smith

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ADVENTURE CAPTAIN STEFAN EDICK AND CREW!

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 crew Esperanto Cup Schooner Festival race 2016 copyright Kim Smith

Captain Stefan Edick and the Adventure Crew holding the Esperanto Cup at Sunday night’s 32nd Gloucester Schooner Festival race award ceremony

A Windy and Wet Parade of Sails…Beautiful as Ever

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.

Another wonderful Saturday during Schooner Festival

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.

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PARTY PICS FROM THE MAYOR’S RECEPTION

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.

Schooner Festival Mayor's Reception Schooner Lannon copyright Kim Smith

HAPPENING NOW! MARITIME HERITAGE DAY – DON’T MISS!

 

DSCF1499Erik and Neil measuring fishDSCF1515

DSCF1495Phyllis Bezanson and daughter Amy at the Boston Malacological Club display

DSCF1487Michele Del Vecchio’s beautiful block prints of the Schooners Ardelle and Adventure that she made for the Maritme center

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DSCF1519Lotus Marsh making trunnels, the wooden nails used to build schooners

DSCF1539Amanda Cook’s gorgeous Salty Island Yarns, with hundreds and hundreds of handmade goods

DSCF1537Sam Cook making a schooner print

DSCF1535Katie Dench

DSCF1534Maritime Gloucester executive director Sam Balf and development director Sue Ann Pearson

 

 

 

THE BEAUTIFUL SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON

During last evening’s Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception opening festivities, a moving song of tribute to Kay Ellis was sung by Allen Estes. The Schooner Lannon wended past during the performance.

Schooner Thomas Lannon Gloucester MA copyright Kim Smith

Schooner Thomas Lannon Paint Factory Gloucester MA copyright Kim Smith

WELCOME SCHOONERS!!

Brett Nick Max Ramsey Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome 2016 copyright Kim SmithWhat a treat to tag along with Gloucester’s own Schooner Festival welcoming committee Brett Ramsey and his sons Max and Nick. Each year Brett purchases and assembles baskets of fresh fruit. Along with loaves of yummy bread still warm from Virgilio’s ovens (donated by Joe Virgilio), Brett and his family welcome each and every participating schooner. You could tell that the recipients were really grateful and touched by the gesture.

Special shout out to GMG FOB Schooner Green Dragon’s captain Al Bezanson. I was out filming early this morning and stopped by Rocky Neck Accommodations to say hello to Al and his wife Phyllis. This was Al’s idea to cover the Schooner Fest welcome for GMG, so thank you Al Bezanson!!

Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome 2016 Heat Ellis copyright Kim Smith Schooner Lannon’s Captain Heath EllisGloucester Schooner Fest welcome 2016 -2 copyright Kim Smith

Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome 2016 -7 copyright Kim Smith

Schooner Fest welcome 2016 Al Bezanson, Matt Sutphin, Fred Murphy copyright Kim SmithCaptains Al Bezanson (Green Dragon), Fred Murphy (Ishmael), and Matt Sutphin (Tyrone) Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome -1 2016 copyright Kim Smith

BREAKING SUPER SPECTACULAR EXCITING FIREWORKS NEWS!!!

THE FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!! Hold onto your hats, we’re going to be treated to an extra fantabulous spectacular display!

Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.

Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.

Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.

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Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea

Important Event In The History Of The Schooner Adventure @SailSchooner

Adventure 10-pound

On Monday afternoon, 08 August 2016, an important and notable event occurred for the City of Gloucester.  The schooner Adventure – one of the great highline dory fishing schooners, sailed into the harbor after making a sail home from the Boston Fish Pier – a trip that has occurred only once before since the vessel retired from fishing 63 years ago. Adventure had been in Boston for the Boston Seafood Festival, representing Gloucester and New England’s fishing heritage . During her time (1926-1953) the schooner Adventure recorded nearly $4-million dollars in landings, making her one of the most famous vessels in the North American fishing industry. She is a National Historic Landmark and a living legacy of Gloucester’s proud fishing community.
Adventure at Statue

Photo credit  Michael Bergmann

The Oliver Hazard Perry

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What a beauty of a morning for the Oliver Hazard Perry to visit Cape Pond Ice on Monday.  here is some information on this ship.

  • 200ft: Largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the US
  • 7 miles of rope, 160 belaying pins, 20 sails, 14,000 sq ft of sail
  • Ocean-going full-rigged ship: The first to be built in the US in over 100 years
  • Sailing School Vessel: Carries no passengers, all who sail aboard are crew and take active roles in sailing the ship safely
  • Meets and exceeds all USCG and ABS safety requirements for a ship of her size
  • Provides an opportunity for growth: personally, professionally, academically, physically &  socially – building seamanship skills, teamwork, leadership, stewardship
  • Accommodates 49 people overnight, including 17 professional crew

SCHOONER ROSEWAY OFF THE BACKSHORE

Beautiful Essex-built Schooner Roseway this afternoon. Question for Marty or Len – where will she be berthed during  the environmental cleanup?

Roseway Schooner Gloucester Backshore -2 copyright Kim Smith

Roseway Schooner Gloucester Backshore copyright Kim Smith

From the World Ocean School website ~

In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.

Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.

Roseway was built and maintained to an exceedingly high standard, using a special stand of white oak from Hathaway’s property in Taunton. She had varnished rails and stanchions and had a house built for her every winter. She was so well maintained that the coal for the stove was washed before being stored in the bunker. This kind of treatment, which contributed to her longevity, was unheard of in the commercial fishing fleet.

On December 7, 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Boston Globe reported the purchase of Roseway by the Boston Pilots Association. In the article, the Pilots described Roseway as “sturdily constructed of oak, the craft is fully capable of withstanding the battering of heavy seas and onslaughts of terrific gales that pilot boats maintaining the lonely vigil off Boston Harbor are called upon to meet.” Clarence Doane, agent for the Boston Pilots, stated that Roseway “approaches as close as possible to specifications of the ideal pilot boat as any vessel. . . .”

Read More About the Roseway and World Ocean School Aboard the Roseway Here

 

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