Category Archives: Working Boats

BREAKING: NILES CLOSED DUE TO BLUE OCEAN SHIPWRECK DEBRIS LITTERING BEACH

blue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-gloucester-ma-niles-beach-closed-copyright-kim-smithKnocked about by rough seas and high winds, the pilot house and other large parts of the Blue Ocean dragger overnight washed ashore onto Niles. Updated plans for the ship’s total demise include towing onto the beach and crushing it, which may take place Tuesday.

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UPDATE ON BLUE OCEAN DRAGGER SHIPWRECK

gloucester-shipwreck-fv-blue-ocean-23-copyright-kim-smith-copyDiver Ted Barnes reports that efforts to float the shipwrecked Blue Ocean dragger will resume tomorrow, Sunday. The crews and divers will again attempt to get the float straps under the keel. The Blue Ocean is now resting on its port side. See photos from earlier today – Breaking: Shipwrecked Blue Ocean Salvage Underway

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Diver Ted Barnes

 

 

BREAKING: SHIPWRECKED BLUE OCEAN SALVAGE UNDERWAY

Work to float the dragger Blue Ocean, shipwrecked at Nile Beach, is underway.blue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-salvage-gloucester-ma-20-copyright-kim-smithblue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-salvage-gloucester-ma-2-copyright-kim-smith

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DRAGGER SHIPWRECK OFF NILES BEACH GLOUCESTER

We hope the old FV Blue Ocean is salvageable after breaking mooring in the gale force winds late last night. The Blue Ocean is a wooden converted Eastern rig side dragger. The ship was built in 1952 and is owned by Michael Ragusa of Gloucester. Beach clean-up is well underway and as reported in the Gloucester Times, the boat does not pose an environmental threat because there was no fuel or oil on board. Photos from this morning at high tide and then again at low tide this afternoon. gloucester-shipwreck-fv-blue-ocean-1-copyright-kim-smithgloucester-shipwreck-fv-blue-ocean-6-copyright-kim-smith

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Shipwreck at Niles Beach

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For more photos of the Blue Ocean see Paul Frontiero’s post from 2014

ROYS BOYS

roys-boys-gloucester-harbor-copyright-kim-smithTugboat Roys Boys moving through Gloucester Harbor this morning 

An excellent website for tugboat enthusiasts: TugboatInformation.com

“Roys Boys was built in 1967, by the Morehead Marine Corporation of Morehead City, North Carolina, as the Cap’n Ed for the Norfolk Dredging Corporation of Norfolk, Virginia.

In 2016, the tug was acquired by the Tucker Roy Marine Towing and Salvage Incorporated of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Roy Boys.

She is a twin screw tug, rated at 900 horsepower.”roys-boys-gloucester-fort-harbor-copyright-kim-smithroys-boys-gloucester-harbor-martime-gloucester-2-copyright-kim-smith

roys-boys-gloucester-harbor-maritime-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithA photo of her when she was the Cap’n Ed–don’t you think she’s so much sharper looking today? 12497

BEAUTIFUL SCHOONERS, BEAUTIFUL DAY, BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER!

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooners-with-schooner-eileen-marie-in-the-foreground-copyright-kim-smithGloucester Harbor Schooner Festival 2016

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-redbird-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Redbird and Gloucester City Hall

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-green-dragon-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Green Dragon and UU Church

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-ardelle-schooner-istar-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Ardelle and Schooner Istar

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Schooner Eileen Marie and Gloucester City Hall

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Schooner Light Reign and Schooner Narwahl

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-narwhal-schooner-fame-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Narwahl and Schooner Fame 

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-istar-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Istar

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-eileen-marie-our-lady-of-good-voyage-church-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Eileen Marie and Our Lady of Good Voyage

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Schooners Paint Factory

ten-pound-island-gloucester-schooner-race-2016Schooners Ten Pound Island

All photos in the gallery are labeled with the Schooner name; click the image for the caption. If any of the labels are amiss, please let me know. Thank you!

PHOTOS OF GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FEST CAPTAINS, CREW, AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Snapshots taken on race day, at the morning meeting of the captains and the evening’s closing ceremony, and a few the day before. So many thanks to Al Bezanson for introductions, his much appreciated knowledge and advice generously shared, and for being an all around great guy. I’ve tried to accurately caption; click on the photo to read the captain’s names and their schooners.

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Ardelle Captain Harold Burnham, Malabar Captain James Lobdell copyright Kim Smith

Captain Harold Burnham, Schooner Ardelle, and Captain James Lobdell, Schooner Malabar II

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Captain Matt Sutphin, Schooner Tyrone and Captain Al Bezanson, Schooner Green Dragon

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Captain Al Bezanson Schooner Green Dragon Captain Peter Houston Schooner Eileen Marie copyright Kim SmithMike McManus, Captain Al Bezanson Schooner Green Dragon and Captain Peter Houston, Schooner Eileen Marie

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Adventure Captain Stefan Edick, Captain Matt Sutphin Tyrone copyright Kim SmithCaptain Stefan Edick, Schooner Adventure, receiving the George Nichols Cup from the Schooner Committee Chair Daisy Nell

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-tyrone-captain-matt-sutphin-2-copyright-kim-smithCaptain Matt Sutphin the day before the race painting the hull of the Schooner Tyrone

CAPTAIN MARK RING AND THE BEAUTIFUL STANLEY THOMAS LOBSTER BOAT AT SCHOONER FEST

Such a pretty lobster boat, don’t you just love the crisp clear contrasting colors of the Stanley Thomas?

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Stanley Thomas lobster boat Gloucester City Hall Schooner Festival copyright Kim Smith

 

 

TURN BACK!

While filming along the back shore late this afternoon, it was very surprising to see this fishing boat appear through the tremendous crashing waves and churning sea. Saying prayers for safe return and wishing they didn’t have to fish on a day like today.

Fishing Boat Hermine Brace Rock Gloucester copyright Kim Smith

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Another wonderful Saturday during Schooner Festival

Rick and I had a great day on Saturday visiting the Rocky Neck Railway and seeing the Columbia, The Ardelle going by and then we went Maritime Gloucester where this event was hopping with all sorts of great vendors and lots of people. After that we went kayaking in Gloucester Harbor. The Schooners were in full sail. It was an amazing day. Look forward to the parade of sail on Sunday morning.

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OLIVER HAZARD PERRY AND EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Eastern Point Lighthouse Gloucester MA copyright Kim SmithThese photos were taken as the sun was setting, from Stage Fort Park, on my way home from Manchester last night. How beautiful to catch a glimpse of this grand ship anchored in our harbor and adjacent to the Eastern Point Lighthouse. Folks enjoying dinner at the park were referring to it as the “pirate ship.” Here in Gloucester Harbor for one night only, Rhode Island’s tall ship the Oliver Hazard Perry will be returning in September. 

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Eastern Point Lighthouse Gloucester MA -1 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Harbor home copyright Kim SmithAlso from Stage Fort Park ~ windows onto the harbor

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