Category Archives: Working Boats
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.
FV Lady Jane offloading in Arctic temperatures To say it’s hard work in this weather is an understatement, more like deadly dangerous. Last boat in of the 2017 season at Captain Joe and Sons. Wishing @captjoe06 and @kfoley41 a happy vacation and much deserved break. #workingboats #fishingboats #gloucesterma
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.
DOCUMENTARY #GLOUCESTERMA “DEAD IN THE WATER” IS OUTSTANDING AND SUPER EXCITING NEWS: SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FILM’S CAPE ANN MUEUM SCREENING!!!
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.
This is very close to where The Miss Fern went aground a couple years back-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After yesterday taking a group of 70 veterans and their invited guests on a fishing trip aboard Captain Tom Orrell’s Yankee Freedom, Captain Dave and Nancy went fishing today with a ship full of local fishermen and fans.
No greater fan than Michael, who was waiting far ahead of the scheduled departure for an autograph from Captain Dave. Autograph in hand, just look at that ear to ear grin!
You can read more about Captain Dave’s efforts on behalf of Wounded Warriors in a previous post: Wounded Warriors with Captain Dave and Nancy Marciano Aboard the Yankee Fleet Celebrate Fourth of July
Join us as we celebrate the re-launch of the Museum’s Flagship, the Lewis H. Story! Music, food, libations and family activities in the Shipyard, it will be a great way to kick off the summer season. Saturday, June 4th, at 4pm at the Essex Shipbulding Museum.
Photo: Wooden Boat Magazine
HISTORY OF THE LEWIS H. STORY from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum website
In 1998, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum commissioned Essex builder Harold Burnham to construct a Chebacco to serve as the museum’s flagship. She measures 30 feet on deck and her hull, deck arrangement and rig are typical of post-Revolutionary War inshore fishermen.
The STORY is named in honor of Essex shipwright, carver, designer, modeler, researcher and the town’s foremost maritime historian, Lewis H. Story, 1873-1948. All contemporary studies of Essex history and the design of the American fishing schooner are based on his life-long study and scholarship.
THE CHEBACCO BOAT
During the American Revolution, the British nearly destroyed the New England fishing fleet. Since capital was lacking to build replacement schooners, a low-cost, quickly built vessel was needed. A little two-masted boat, then popular for the inshore fishery, seemed to fit the bill. Because it was developed in Essex which was then a parish of Ipswich called “Chebacco”, the vessel was known as a “Chebacco Boat” if pink sterned (pointed) and “Chebacco Dogbody” if square sterned (the origin of the term “Dogbody” is not known).
Chebacco Boats were built by the hundreds not only in Essex, but in other coastal towns as well. Typically, they measured between 22 and 30 tons and averaged from 24 to 48 feet in length, had two masts and no bowsprit. They were usually a flush-deck vessel with several cockpits, or “standing rooms” in which the fishermen stood to fish. A middle hatch gave access to the fish hold.
Local Essex tradition has it that the first Chebacco Boat was built in the attic of a house. This is likely more legend than fact. However, Chebaccos were almost always built near the dwelling of the builder and sometimes no more than a few yards from the front door. When finished, the boats were loaded onto pairs of wooden wheels and hauled to the launch-site by teams of oxen. Boat hauling went out of favor about the year 1835. Thereafter, all Essex vessels were built on the river’s edge.
“There are Chebacco boats building for the Bay Fishery not only at every landing place, but in the yards of farmers some distance from the shore“.
1817, The Reverend William Bentley, of Salem
It was a grand day for the Schooner Adventure and Maritime Gloucester as our beautiful National Historic Landmark has returned to her home berth at the Maritime center. The reconstructed pier looks fantastic, and ready for a summer of fabulous fun and educational experiences. Come on down and check out the pier and see the Adventure back at home. Click here for Schooner Adventure’s exciting calendar of upcoming events and summer programs, as well as here for news and noteworthy activities at Maritime Gloucester. Captain Willy Leathers and Crew
Don Boye, Captain Stefan Edick, Michael Bergmann, and Steve Parks