Category Archives: Working Boats

TREMENDOUS DAY OF SAFETY AND SURVIVAL TRAINING AT THE USCG WITH THE FISHING PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT SERVICES

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY KAY TAYLOR AND LOWELL’S BOAT SHOP!

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.


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BANGERS, CRASHERS, COASTAL FLOODING, BEACON MARINE BASIN, PIRATE’S LANE, AND THE GOOD HARBOR BEACH FOOTBRIDGE BOMBOGENESIS RILEY NOR’EASTER #GLOUCESTERMA

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

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER! BROUGHT TO YOU BY ROCKY NECK

Calm before the storm–from an exquisitely sunny and peaceful morning on the Neck.

 

THE BRUTALITY OF FISHING IN WINTER

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.

SNAPSHOTS FROM DOCUMENTARY FILM “DEAD IN THE WATER” WORLD PREMIERE

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)

DOCUMENTARY #GLOUCESTERMA “DEAD IN THE WATER” IS OUTSTANDING AND SUPER EXCITING NEWS: SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FILM’S CAPE ANN MUEUM SCREENING!!!

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.

BREAKING: DRAMATIC CAPTURE ANNE ROWE FREED!

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

BREAKING: LOBSTER BOAT ANNE ROWE GROUNDED ON EASTERN POINT

Anne Rowe grounded on Gloucester’s backshore at Eastern Point. The crew self-evacuated and the Coast Guard is waiting for the tide.

Lobster Boat Anne Rowe grounded on the backshore #gloucesterma #fishingboat #lobster

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Rambling Rose and Lady J on the scene.

This is very close to where The Miss Fern went aground a couple years back-

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COAST GUARD STATIONED AT THE DOGBAR BREAKWATER THIS AFTERNOON

 Curious to see the Coast Guard ship parked at the Dogbar for a good part of the afternoon.

VINTAGE SHORT FILM CLIP OF GLOUCESTER IN 1955 WHEN “A MILLION POUNDS OF FISH A DAY” WAS THE CATCH

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.

BEAUTIFUL AND ATMOSPHERIC FOG DESCENDING OVER EASTERN POINT

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.

Great Auk #foggynight #gloucesterma

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Paint Factory #foggynight #gloucesterma

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Ten Pound Island #foggynight #gloucesterma

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CAPTAIN MARC AND SAM FRONTIERO OF THE FV CAPT. NOVELLO HEADING OUT INTO THE FOG

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

SCHOONERS ADVENTURE AND COLUMBIA IN THE BLUE HOUR

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

Schooner Columbia

 

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 EagleGreen Dragon  and Sugar Babe from Gloucester
 Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex.  View of the Paint Factory from Maritime Gloucester

FOGGY MORNING DAYBREAK ON GLOUCESTER’S BACK SHORE WITH TOBY BURNHAM’S LOBSTER BOAT JUPITER II

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

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