Category Archives: Working Boats
Monday night’s sunset from Niles Beach, click image to see full size
Hooray – from now until the June summer solstice, the days will be getting longer!
Knocked 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.
Diver 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
Diver Ted Barnes
Activity at the Blue Ocean shipwreck early this morning.
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.
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.
Schooner Eileen Marie and Gloucester City Hall
Schooner Light Reign and Schooner Narwahl
Schooners Paint Factory
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!
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.
Captain Harold Burnham, Schooner Ardelle, and Captain James Lobdell, Schooner Malabar II
Captain Matt Sutphin, Schooner Tyrone and Captain Al Bezanson, Schooner Green Dragon
Such a pretty lobster boat, don’t you just love the crisp clear contrasting colors of the Stanley Thomas?
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.
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.
Three of our Gloucester schooners all lined up for a moment during the Parade of Sail
These 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.