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DON’T MISS THIS FILM: THE FINEST HOURS!!!

My husband Tom and I went to see The Finest Hours last night. It was superb, and very suspenseful–I wasn’t just at the edge of my seat, I was hiding under my coat! My friend Donna Casey was one of the costume designers and the costumes were fantastic; the female lead’s 1950’s dresses and coats were especially exquisite. It was wonderful to see Donna’s name in the credits!

The Finest Hours is the story of what is considered the Coast Guards greatest small boat rescue and when you see the film, you will understand why.

This Disney feature film was primarily shot in Massachusetts. Thanks to our amazing and super hard working House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for the film tax credit, which keeps Massachusetts crew and production teams, and myriad ancillary businesses, working at well paying jobs!

THE FINEST HOURS OPENING FRIDAY!

Opening Friday, I am looking forward to seeing the film The Finest Hours on which my friend Donna worked as a costume designer. While in the region working on the film, she shared funny stories such as having to have half a dozen or more of each costume because so much of the film was shot in drenching conditions.

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. The film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

NEW FILM: HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE CAPTAIN JOE AND SONS LOBSTERMEN

Brought to you by Good Morning Gloucester ~ Happy Thanksgiving All!

In order of appearance:

Bowdie Russell

Joe Ciaramitaro

Katelyn Foley

Richie Cassola

Frankie Ciaramitaro

Cody Burns

Jerry McKay

Daniel J. Dunbar

Pete Mondello

Richie Baressi

Mike Tufts

Peter Libro

Matt St. Pierre

Steve Amaral

Tony Gross

FINEST HOURS TRAILER: THE MOST DARING RESCUE MISSION IN COAST GUARD HISTORY

The official trailer for The Finest Hours, a true story, and thought to be one of the most daring rescues in the history of the US Coast Guard.

One of my best friends, Donna Casey, was one of the costume designers for the film. She lives in Los Angeles but was here in Massachusetts last fall shooting for many weeks at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and then onto Chatham in December. It was wonderful to have Donna home and she had lots of humorous stories to share about the trials of filming in waist-deep water for several months.

Set for release in January 2016, the film looks to be a real thriller!! The Finest Hours stars Chris Pine as Boatswains First Class Bernard Webber and Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert.

The Finest Hours, based on the book of the same name, is the story of the rescue mission off the Chatham coast after two oil tankers, the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer were split apart during a nor’easter.

Pendleton_Sinking_ShipBow section of the SS Pendleton, February, 1952

Photo credit: United States Coast Guard, Richard C. Kelsey

BREAKING NEWS: LOBSTER BOAT DAWN BREAKER DESTROYED BY FIRE OFF THE IPSWICH COAST

coastguardUS COAST GUARD PHOTO

A lobster boat caught fire off the coast of Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Friday morning according to the United States Coast Guard.

They say the operator of the “Dawn Breaker” attempted to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, but could not keep up with the flames.

The operator contacted officials with his exact location after activating a personal locator beacon, then jumped from the 28-foot ship. A good samaritan aboard a skiff safely pulled him out of the water in less than 15 minutes.

The operator was brought back to shore, where he was evaluated by EMTs.

It is unclear how the ship caught fire, but the Coast Guard called the operator a “true professional mariner” and said he did everything right after the mishap.

From NECN and CBSLocal

NEW FILM: PARADE OF SAIL

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2015 Parade of Sail with time lapse ~

A perfect day for the Parade of Sail, the 31st annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was the most highly attended festival to date, with 23 schooners participating and thousands of spectators perched all around the beaches and boulevards surrounding the harbor.

You’ll see parading through the inner harbor the smallest rowboats to the grand three-masted 169-foot Schooner Mystic, with the Roderick McAllister chugging through the scene. Look for Gloucester schooners the Adventure at 2:10, the Thomas E. Lannon hoisting her sails at about 3:10, and the Ardelle at 3:30. GMG FOB Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon is seen at 4:51. Out by the Dogbar breakwater the 610-foot Navy’s USS Fort McHenry was positioned and surrounded by sailboats and schooners, you really get a sense of the size of this ship.

The parade time lapse footage was shot in real time and is one hour and 23 minutes long, compressed into roughly six minutes at 1000 percent.

Schooner identification provided by Green Dragon Captain Al Bezanson. Thank you Al!

1:22 COLUMBIA

2:05 ADVENTURE

2:40 SUGARBABE

3:10 THOMAS E. LANNON

3:31 ARDELLE

3:44 RENEGADE

3:54 LETTIE G HOWARD (w/o sails)

3:54 HINDU (hoisting)

4:51 GREEN DRAGON (into and out of Harbor Cove)

5:11 REDBIRD

5:15 NARWHAL

5:22 ADVENTURER

5:31 LIBERTY CLIPPER (inbound)

5:44 AMERICAN EAGLE

6:22 GREEN DRAGON

6:35 ELLEN MARIE

6:39 LIBERTY CLIPPER

6:55 MYSTIC

6:59 ROSEWAY

LOBSTERING HISTORY

Our son-in-law Matt was doing some research for a project and came across the following super interesting article about the history of lobstering. Some of the information I knew and there is lots I didn’t. I hope you find it informative, too.

I was reminded of this video of a blue lobster, caught by Captain Dave Jewell of the Lady B., where Joey describes the difference between a male and female lobster.

From the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Long ago, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize their fields and to bait their hooks for fishing. In colonial times, lobsters were considered “poverty food.” They were harvested from tidal pools and served to children, to prisoners, and to indentured servants, who exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. In Massachusetts, some of the servants finally rebelled. They had it put into their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.

Until the early 1800s, lobstering was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline. Lobstering as a trap fishery came into existence in Maine around 1850. Today Maine is the largest lobster-producing state in the nation. Though the number of lobstermen has increased dramatically, the amount of lobsters caught has remained relatively steady. In 1892, 2600 people in the Maine lobster fishery caught 7,983 metric tons; in 1989, 6300 Maine lobstermen landed 10,600 metric tons of lobster.

Smackmen first appeared in Maine in the 1820s because of increased demand for lobsters from the New York and Boston markets. Smackmen were named after their boats, a well smack. Smacks were small sailing vessels with a tank inside the boat that had holes drilled into it to allow sea water to circulate. The smacks were used to transport live lobsters over long distances.

The first lobster pound appeared on Vinalhaven in 1875 and others quickly followed. Lobster pounds work in the same manner as the smack boats. The lobsters are kept in tanks with water passing freely through them. The first lobster pound was in a deep tidal creek, but today they are more common on docks floating in the harbor. Using the pound, dealers can wait for the price of lobster to increase or allow a newly-molted lobster time to harden its shell.

By the 1930s, the traveling smackmen were being replaced by local, land-based buyers who served as the link between the harvesters and the public. –

READ MORE AT: http://www.gma.org/lobsters/allaboutlobsters/lobsterhistory.html

Schoner Adventure Concert Under Sail With Marina Evans and Bernardo Baglioni

11845101_10153220549729585_1111632168866124104_oJoin us Sunday afternoon, August 23, at 3:00pm for an afternoon of acoustic folk under sail aboard the historic Schooner Adventure, with a pair of Cape Ann’s most acclaimed young musicians. Tickets are $60 General Admission, and $45 for members! For more information and to make your reservation, call our office at 978-281-8079. For more information about Marina and Bernardo, visit http://www.marinaevansmusic.com/, or her FB page: http://facebook.com/marinaevansmusic. See you there!

Schooner Adventure Mast Hoops Made in Gloucester by Geoff Deckebach, Greg Bover, and Bill Holmes

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015The perfectly formed mast hoops on the Schooner Adventure were custom made at Gloucester’s own C.B. Fisk organ building company. The Newbury company Pert Lowell makes mast hoops however the largest they have to offer is only a foot in diameter. See the video of Greg, Geoff, and Bill making the hoops, from shaping the strips of steamed ash around the form to finished fastening. Geoff Deckebach is the lead shipwright and restoration project coordinator for the Adventure. Greg Bover shares that Geoff made the ingenious circular jig. The ash for the hoops was donated by Jim Knott, who also donated the ship’s engine.

The next member sail is this coming Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. Take advantage of this fabulous offer! For more information about becoming a member and sailing benefits visit the Adventure website here.

See previous GMG post here.

Video by Joanne Main.

COME SAIL AWAY ON THE MAGNIFICENT ADVENTURE!

Did you know that if you become a member of Schooner Adventure, your membership includes TWO FREE SAILS?

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -19 ©Kim Smith 2015At least twelve crew and volunteers are needed to help set sail and passengers are invited to participate. Note GMG contributor and Adventure super volunteer Greg Bover in the foreground.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -16 ©Kim Smith 2015

Hoisting the Sails

This past week I was invited by FOB Adam Bolonsky to sail the Schooner Adventure to take photos and write a bit for Good Morning Gloucester.Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -14 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -21 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -20  ©Kim Smith 2015

Sailing aboard the Adventure I felt transported to another time and place. Exhilarating, yet peaceful, the ship possesses a splendid grace and steadfastness. What a treasured gift to have had this experience. Thank you, thank you Captain Edick, Adam, and crew for a truly memorable afternoon. I can’t wait to adventure aboard the Adventure again!

Captain Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -17 ©Kim Smith 2015

With sunny and blue skies above, along with a moderately strong wind, Captain Edick remarked that it was perhaps the best sail of the summer.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Experiential learning is at the core of Adventure’s mission. Volunteer Adam Bolonsky teaches young sailors how to navigate Gloucester Harbor.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

In June, the Adventure was issued her Passenger Vessel Certificate by the Coast Guard. The member sails have become so popular dates have been added every week in August and early September.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -8 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -1 ©Kim Smith 2015The Advenutre is poised to be a tremendously positive ambassador for Gloucester. Saturday she participated in the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead. The vessel is a floating museum and classroom and there are plans to sail to nearby ports from where the Adventure used to sail as a fishing boat including Boston, New York, New Bedford, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Portland.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -23 ©Kim Smith 2015

Support the Adventure by becoming a member or volunteer–opportunities abound. Take advantage of this extraordinarily beautiful gift to Gloucester that is the Adventure! Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th City skyline ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015See Lots More Photos Here Read more

KIDS SAIL FREE Aboard the Schooner Lannon on Saturdays!

KIDS 16 AND UNDER SAIL FREE
ABOARD THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON IN JULY AND AUGUST! 
Don’t let the summer slide by without taking advantage of this fantastic deal. On Saturday mornings in July and August, the Schooner Lannon offers a special sail geared for families. On the 10 AM-12 PM sail, kids (16 and under) sail for free.  Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply. The Lannon sets sail from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 rear Rogers St., Rt. 127, Gloucester.
Tickets are $40/adults, $35/seniors and normally $27.50 for kids. Reservations are taken not more than two weeks in advance. Go to www.schooner.org/book-online or call(978) 281-6634 for information and reservations. All aboard!

LOBSTERMEN AT WORK CAPTAIN JOE’S SLO MO

Men at work Capt Joe slo mo #GloucesterMA #lobstermen

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Lobstermen at work Mark Ring, Captain of the Stanley Thomas #GloucesterMA #lobstermen

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Stanley Thomas Lobster Boat ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

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