Category Archives: Schooner

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

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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

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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

 

PAVILION BEACH GORGEOUS TWILIGHT FROM THE BEAUPORT HOTEL RESTAURANT DECK

Pavilion Beach Sunset Gloucester Greasy Pole Beauport Princess copyright Kim SmithBeauport Princess and Greasy Pole

Last night’s spectacular fireworks display was preceded by a glorious twilight. After photographing the parade, I met my husband at the Beauport for a fabulous al fresco dinner of fresh, locally sourced fish and veggies. The deck was filled to capacity with expectant firework’s viewers yet despite that, our meals were delicious and the service exceptional. Marly was our waitress and although it was her first night on the job, she is top notch. Colleen was the hostess. Many may recall what a sweet and welcoming person she is from her years at the Studio and Rudder. It was a treat to see Colleen at the Beauport!

The sky changed from golden violet to violet pink within seconds and it was fun to see all the boats jockeying into position for firework’s viewing.

Pavilion Beach Sunset Gloucester Greasy Pole Thomas Lannon copyright Kim Smith

Schooner Lannon and the Greasy Pole

Pinky Ardelle and Ten Pound Island copyright Kim SmithPinky Schooner Ardelle and Ten Pound Island from the Beauport Hotel Deck

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DSCF1747Beauport Hotel’s very helpful and friendly concierges  Emily Jermyn and Chris Horack

Thomas E. Lannon – Celtic Music Sail

IMG_0004Captain Heath Ellis of the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Michael O’Leary’s Celtic Music provided a great sail into a beautiful sunset and moon rise of the June Strawberry moon.

 

 

 

NEW VIDEO: COME SAIL IN THE 4th ANNUAL SCHOONER CHALLENGE!

“What happens in this race anyhow?” Racing, of course, with some cheating too (as revealed in the video), along with photo competitions, songwriting contest, creative knot tying, and much more! Everyone is welcome to participate, but hurry and sign up today because tickets are going fast.

Check out this super fun video from Barry O’Brien, featuring our Gloucester Captains Tom and Heath Ellis of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure, and Captain Harold Burnham of the Schooner Ardelle.

JOIN THE 4th ANNUAL SCHOONER CHALLENGE! Monday, June 6th, 6 to 8 pm. The Schooners Adventure, Lannon, and Adelle join forces to help us to protect and preserve the Schooner Evelina M. Goulart here at the shipbuilding museum. Schooners sail from The Maritime Gloucester dock on Harbor Loop. More fun than you can imagine. Sign up at www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org, or call Marcia at (978) 375-3337 today! Tickets will sell fast!

Video by Barry O’Brien, with footage lent by Marty Luster

Gloucester Schooner Challenge

SUNSET SAIL ABOARD THE ARDELLE, AT A DISCOUNT!

Driving home several nights ago, I passed Saint Peter’s Square at the moment the Ardelle was passing by and just had to turn around and take a snapshot of this beautiful pinky schooner in the golden late day light. For only one week more, you can purchase at Maritime Gloucester (or online at https://maritimegloucester.org/shopdiscounted pre-season passes for the Ardelle. 

SCHOONER ARDELLE CAPE POND ICE COPYRIGHT KIM SMITH

Ardelle Pre Season Passes

NEW VIDEO: AMAZING PERSPECTIVE FROM THE TIPPY TOP OF THE ADVENTURE MAST WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF GLOUCESTER HARBOR

Rigging Schooner Adventure 2016

Climb the mast and rig the ship with Schooner Adventure crew member Mike Bergmann and his GoPro camera! Awesome job Mike and thank you for sharing!

SCHOONER ADVENTURE UPRIG SATURDAY!

Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -10 c Kim SmithSchooner Adventure Gloucester MA -11 c Kim SmithSaturday was a working day at the Harriet Webster Maritime Gloucester pier where three Essex built schooners, the Adventure, Ardelle, and Roseway were undergoing spring scraping, painting, and overall maintenance.
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The Adventure’s Captain Stefan Edick’s and Lead Shipwright Geoff Deckebach’s crew of volunteers spent the day getting the schooner ship shape for the upcoming sailing season.
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Volunteer workday Saturdays are a recurring event on the Schooner Adventure. Volunteers are needed every Saturday to help with vessel maintenance. I can attest to the fact that this a super fun and hard working group of people. They are ready to take on any task that comes up. No experience necessary; the knowledgeable volunteers and crew will show you the ropes. Join the Adventure crew and volunteers as they work on this tremendous project!Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -8 c Kim SmithContact Lead Shipwright Geoff Deckebach at gdeckebach@schooner-adventure.org or call 978-281-8079 to sign-up or if you have any questions.Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -9 c Kim SmithSchooner Adventure Gloucester MA -3 c Kim Smith

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The Adventure’s big sister, the Roseway (affectionately called as such because she is 91 years old while the Adventure is 90 years old) arrived early in the afternoon and she is currently berthed next to the Adventure.

 

Saturday’s Adventure Crew: Geoff Deckebach, Logan Livingston, Maura Hackett, Alex Myers, Shaun Coveney, ChristineMcCormick, Mike Bergmann, Tom Hovey, Stephanie Bean, Jay Boland, Susanne Flynn, Pam Bradbury, Cullen Morawski, Ira Moll, Annika Heinhold, and Willy Leathers

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