A full day of Safety and Survival Training was held today at Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station. SST is cosponsored by the Fishing Partnership Support Services, Division of Marine Fisheries, and the USCoast Guard. “Fishermen are 37 times more likely to die on the job than policemen. And on top of that, New England’s waters are the most dangerous in the country. Safety and survival training is not something to ignore—it’s desperately needed and can truly be life-saving for everyone on your boat.” Training was conducted in these vital areas:
- Man-Overboard Procedures
- Fire Fighting & Emergency Communications
- Flooding & Pump Operation
- Flares & EPIRBs
- Survival Suits
- Life Raft Equipment
- Helicopter Hoist Procedures
- Basic First Aid
To learn more about the Fishing Partnership Support Services Safety and Survival Training, and all the services provided to fishermen, visit their website here.
Rebecca Reynolds (MARS board president), Annie Harris (CEO Essex National Heritage Area) and Mary Kay Taylor (Lowell’s Boat Shop education/grants director)
Today I attended the Essex National Heritage Area annual spring meeting as a recently appointed heritage commissioner. The meeting was held at the Saugus Town Hall, a magnificently maintained, predominately Gothic Revival style building, constructed in 1874-1877 and designed by architects Lord and Fuller. The East Lake inspired interior details and decoration were a treat to see and have been beautifully preserved.
It was a joy to see my friend Sarah Boucher, director of sales and marketing at Willowdale Estate and Briar Barn Inn, to meet Rebecca Reynolds, president of the Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS), and to see the always wonderful Mary Kay from Schooner Ardelle-Adventure-Lowell’s Boat Shop.
Today Mary Kay was wearing her Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum hat, accepting the matching Essex National Heritage Area partnership grant. The grant will go towards the restoration of the Boat Shop. To learn more about Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America, visit their website here.
Saugus Town Hall image courtesy wiki commons media
Meteorologists predict flooding from Nor’easter Riley could be the worst in Boston’s history. The storm is strengthening and the waves were much bigger this afternoon as the tide was going out. Be safe friends.The Good Harbor Beach Footbridge is intact at 4pm, despite mid-day flooding.
City Hall and the Paint Factory March Nor’easter RileyFV Capt. Joe leaving the Marine Railways and heading for the State Fish Pier at daybreak.
Just another day for a pair of male and female Common Eiders
Calm before the storm–from an exquisitely sunny and peaceful morning on the Neck.
Eastern Point Lighthouse with Old Mother Ann
Not a job for the faint of heart.
Watching Joey and Captain Russell with his crew of the FV Lady Jane offload at Captain Joes on this last morning of 2017 you couldn’t help but be struck by the deadly dangerous conditions of working in frigid Arctic temperatures and blistering winds. Nearly every surface of the boat was covered in a thick layer of solid ice.
Prayers and best wishes to all our Gloucester fishermen for a safe and prosperous 2018.
Gloucester fishing boats in December’s silvery violet harbor light.
Photos and clip of Senator Bruce Tarr poignant response about the embattled fishing industry at the premiere of Dead in the Water, which was held last night at the Rockport High School auditorium. Director and producer, David Whittkower, is a graduate of Rockport High School and this is the second film he has premiered at Rockport. Save the date for the next local showing of the film, which will be held at the Cape Ann Museum on February 10th, 2018.
Tonia, Andrew, and David Whittkower
Mark Ring, David Laveille, Al Cotone, and Paul VitaleSelma Bell and Nina Groppo
Salvi Benson, the greatest of all time and winner of ten Greasy Pole Championships (four Saturday and six Sunday)
Producers John Bell and Angela Sanfilippo with Filmmaker David Whittkower
Dead in the Water, a documentary film by David Whittkower, premiered at the Rockport High School auditorium this afternoon. Photos and video clips of the Q and A will be posted tomorrow.
Save the date for the next local showing, which will be at the Cape Ann Museum on February 10th, 2018. This film is a must see for every member of our community and will inspire you to take an active role in helping to preserve our most treasured and valuable resource. Without the help of the entire community, the industry will soon be Dead in the Water.
For a few moments she was on her side and I think I could hear my heartbeat. She righted herself, was towed away from the rocks by Unity, and headed home by her own power.
The Anne Rowe became grounded at about 4:30am. Crew members self-evacuated onto the rocks as the Coast Guard was dispatched. Rescuers waited until near high tide before towing. The Anne Rowe was safely towed off the rocks by Unity at about 2:00pm, an hour before high tide.
Anne Rowe Heading Home Eastern Point Lighthouse and Mother Ann
Anne Rowe grounded on Gloucester’s backshore at Eastern Point. The crew self-evacuated and the Coast Guard is waiting for the tide.
Rambling Rose and Lady J on the scene.
This is very close to where The Miss Fern went aground a couple years back-
Curious to see the Coast Guard ship parked at the Dogbar for a good part of the afternoon.
Thanks so much to Pat Dalpiaz for sharing this classic footage of Gloucester’s working waterfront, with the carillon bells of Our Lady of Good Voyage playing in the distance.
FV Endeavor in the Foggy Sunset
Heading out to photograph wild creatures, instead I found fog. Beginning in the afternoon and lasting into sunset, waves and ribbons of fog enveloped the east end of Gloucester until only shapes and silhouettes were visible.
Fog Ribbons and FV Endeavor
A wedding reception was underway at the Yacht Club, lots of folks were out watching the setting sun, and a photo shoot was taking place on the Dogbar. Returning home, Niles Beach and Ten Pound Island were even more shrouded in fog. Final stop was the Paint Factory to catch the last glimmer of light. Looking towards Ten Pound Island from the Paint Factory, in the last Instagram you can see the sliver of a crescent moon.
A foggy Sunday morning and the captain and crew of the FV Capt. Novello are hard at work preparing for a day of fishing.
Heading Out Into the Fog
Anticipation is building for Gloucester’s fabulous and beautiful Schooner Festival. After a year and a half of Harbor renovations it is a joy to see Schooner Adventure and Schooner Ardelle return to their home at Maritime Gloucester.Schooner Columbia will be berthed next to the Adventure during the 2017 Schooner Festival, as she has in previous years, save for last year’s Festival. Friday’s schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 1, 2017
All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.
Schooner Adventure Crew
Check here for the 2017 Schooner Festival schedule of events.
Compass Rose ~ Bronze and glass sculpture by Mark Read, Maritime Gloucester
Cape Ann’s Schooners
Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail
Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943
Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester.
Bald Eagle, Green Dragon and Sugar Babe from Gloucester
Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex. View of the Paint Factory from Maritime Gloucester
Toby Burnham, also known as The Seagull Whisperer, and his lobster boat the Jupiter II, spotted along the Back Shore.
Toby Burnham The Seagull Whisperer