Peter Digre submits- Three Masted Schooner
Elinor Teele submits-
A huge thank you to the captains, crews, and organizers!
I’ll be posting highlights of the day – including individual schooner portraits – to my Flickr account (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44056487@N03/) and photo blog (http://squamcreativeservices.com/photography/photography-blog/) this week.
All photos will eventually make there way into my Boat & Ship Gallery: http://squamcreativeservices.com/photography/photography-gallery/boat-ship-photography/.
If any of the crew would like a digital copy of a photo, they can contact me via my website: http://squamcreativeservices.com/contact/.
Here’s to Gloucester!
John Sullivan submits-
Joey a little inspirational poem about Columbia schooner design from past now living in present.
Submitted by John Sullivan
The Columbia stem to stern shear balance of line taunt lines massive power of a lost age takes the wind out of my sails. If one is to be resurrected give me a steel hull where losing a wooden plank will not send me to the bottom. With ease she glides by other more mortal boats and her full sails from top mast down speak of a daring past of wind power. For millennia a steady breeze was the hope of all at sea. We have fallen overboard as we reach for more of everything leaving the past locked in irons. The boat is a compromise of past and future but bow to the dream of its builder. Hail Columbia grand lady of the sea may you have fair winds.
Short film in progress. Could it have been a more perfect day? Happy Schooner Festival everyone!
Schooner Roseway and Schooner Mystic
JUDGE NULLIFIES FOUR GAME SUSPENSIONS
Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner, painted by Katherine Richmond.
Plus all the information including downloadable 2015 Festival programs check out the Schooner Festival Website-
Info from The Gloucester Schooner Festival website-
For information on reserving space on a schooner during the Festival:
Adventure, call 978-281-8079
Ardelle, click here
Mystic, click here
Roseway, click here
Thomas E. Lannon, call 978–281–6634
Click here for downtown Gloucester parking information.
Click here to download the 2015 Festival Program (printed programs will be available Sept 4)
Tickets now available for Festival Raffle. Grand prize is an oil painting by John Caggiano!
Gloucester’s recently restored 1926 Schooner Adventure was hired by a group of Maine farmers, the Greenhorns, and an outfit called Maine Sail Freight, to carry goods from Portland to Boston for sale in the Boston Public Market, the first such delivery under sail since before WWII. Their idea was to show that there are alternative ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. I shipped aboard as a volunteer deckhand. It was a privilege to be part of such a fine crew (most of whom are half my age or less).
We left Gloucester at 2300 on Wednesday after our regular member sail and arrived in Portland to load the next morning. There were plenty of volunteers to help get the goods on the ship. We left Portland at 0600 on Friday morning, sailed south all day and through the night tacking against the prevailing southwesterlies. I stood lookout and did my turns at the helm from 0400 to 0800 so I saw moonset and sunrise with my two watch mates while everyone else was asleep. It was an amazing experience to be sailing such a powerful ship twenty miles off the coast in darkness and almost total silence. Whales, porpoises, gannets, and shearwaters came by to check us out. There was some time to catch up on sleep and eat the great food coming from the galley before going back on watch from 1600 to 2000, and sailing into Boston Harbor. We unloaded early Sunday morning so the goods could be sold at the Boston Public Market and entertained visitors on deck during an Open Ship before sailing back to Gloucester and anchoring in the outer harbor allowing Columbia, in town for the Schooner Festival, to stay at our usual spot on Maritime Gloucester’s Webster Pier until the next morning. As the official schooner of the City of Gloucester, part of Adventure’s mission is to represent the city in places beyond Cape Ann, I think we did so ably. Our upcoming trips to Provincetown and New Bedford will continue that ambassadorial role.
A link to the NPR story:
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Gregory R Bover
V.P. Operations, Project Manager
C. B. Fisk, Inc.
Coming next weekend, the 4th through the 6th, the spectacular 31st annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is an event not to be missed. Organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester, click here for a complete list of activities throughout the weekend.
Carol Thistle From Community Development Forwards-
We’ve been trying to get the word out about this! The Gloucester Schooner Festival is recognized both locally and nationally as one of the top 15 Labor Day Destinations!
Orbitz Travel listed the Gloucester Schooner Festival as one of the Top 15 Labor Day Destinations! Also, the Boston Globe selected Gloucester as a top 15 pick!
Len Burgess aboard Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner submits ~
Thomas A. Lannon and Columbia
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For 2015 Gloucester Schooner Festival Information- http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/
The Schooner Fest is #1 of http://Boston.com ‘s “15 ways to spend Labor Day in New England” http://fw.to/MQfHqHh
Ron Gilson submits-
Ben Pine’s name was a household word in the days of sail- the illustrious 1920s. Piney said that the Essex built Schooner Columbia “Was the finest piece of wood to ever show her highs out of Gloucester.” Schooner Columbia was lost prematurely off Sable Island only a few years after her launching. She was the best that Essex built and Gloucestermen sailed schooner in the history of dorymen.
You can see from the photo Ron took this morning that on the tombstone of Ben Pine it depicts the beautiful Schooner Columbia.
Come down to Maritime Gloucester (23 Harbor Loop, downtown Gloucester) to celebrate the arrival of the schooner Columbia on Thursday, August 27, at 10am. All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a free 2015 Schooner Festival Hat and Schooner Festival T-Shirt! (must be present during the drawing to win)
Help us welcome the Columbia is proper Gloucester style!
Schooner Roseway In The Fog – Photos From Anthony Marks
For More Info- http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/
Here’s the Thomas E. Lannon 8/18/15 Wine Cruise Appetizer Menu From Sista Felicia, book now!!!
Sailing from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant (978) 281-6634 or book online at www.schooner.org/book-online
Petite Toast with Carrot Cake Marmalade & Goat Brie
Thinly Sliced Fresh Baguette Rounds with Manchego Cheese & Rose Petal Jelly
Grilled Peppered Flank Steak Baguette Sliders with Fresh Baby Arugula, Red Roasted Pepper, & Daffinos Fromage Garlic & Herb Cheese
Zucchini Pesto Crostini
Captain Joe’s Lobster Mac & Cheese
Sicilian Style Ricotta Nachos
The wine pairings by Nick DeFazio-
Purato Catarato Pinot Grigio
App 1 and 3B
Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay
App 2 and 4
Byron Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
Bisol Prosecco Jeio
“Polly-Five-Toe the Gull” started visiting the Thomas E. Lannon in 2014, it returned again this year. Capt. Heath has become friends with “Polly-5-Toe” as you can see in the slide show below. Polly-5-Toe loves oyster crackers and sits on the back of the Lannon, or on Capt. Heath’s hand to enjoy her crackers.
Bikers watch the Barque Picton Castle sail out past Dogbar Breakwater
The Barque Picton Castle is a three-masted tall ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.
It has completed her sixth circumnavigation around the world in May of this year.
She was in Gloucester harbor for a few days before heading north to Portland, for a Schooner Festival.
During her departure, our own schooner the Thomas E. Lannon, made chase after a 30 minute head start, to wish her a safe voyage.
Below are some photos taken from the Breakwater, Enjoy.
Book a sunset sail aboard the Lannon here- You’ll be glad you did.
I’ve said it for as long as I can remember. If I had a visitor in Gloucester for only one day and they wanted to do the very best thing they could do in this city and it could be only one thing, at the pinnacle of my list would be a sunset cruise aboard the Thomas E Lannon. The pinnacle. As in the very tippity top of the list. Such a no-brainer good time, The Ellis family are the nicest, funnest, most hospitable people in this town, the Lannon is the most beautiful boat in town, you get Gloucester Harbor. It Is The Perfect Evening, Every Single Time!
It doesn’t hurt that you get to share your time drinking with Gloucester’s finest spirits with Bobby and Doug Ryan from Ryan and Wood, and 95Plus rated cigars from Paul Giacalone. Win Win Win
Photos from Terry Weber-
So sweet Of Pauline Bresnahan to make a special commemorative pennant for us
It Always Sells Out!
Buy Your Tix online now!
2 Killer Cigars From Paul Giacalone’s Personal Collection, 3 Rum Drinks From Ryan and Wood Distillery, A Sail On The Lannon All For Only $40
Total deal of the century. If You added all this up that’s like $85 worth of stuff and even if it cost double it would be worth quadruple. Best night of the summer. I can’t wait!
Book online at:
Or call (978) 281-6634
Photos from Past Cruises Courtesy Kim Smith and Dani Lubbers-