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BEAUTIFUL FISH: SEAHORSE – By Al Bezanson

“The sea horse grotesquely resembles the “knight” in an ordinary set of wooden chessmen in its sidewise flattened body, in its deep convex belly, in its curved neck and in its curious horselike head carried at right angles to the general axis of the body. The head is surmounted by a pentagonal star-shaped “coronet,” and the snout is tubular with the small oblique mouth at its tip, like that of its relative the pipefish.”

This exquisite pen and ink drawing from 1883 by H. L. Todd is just one of many by this artist in Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder, 576 pp, 1953. The book is available free online courtesy of MBL/WHOI. http://www.gma.org/fogm/

 

 

 

BEAUTIFUL FISH: TOMCOD -By Al Bezanson

 

 

They search the bottom by dragging the chin barbel and the sensitive tips of the ventral fins as they swim to and fro, either for food, or to stir up shrimps and other food items. (Herrick)

The maximum size is about 15 inches and 1-1/4 pounds, but few of them are more than 9 to 12 inches long. Most common close to stream drainage.

A delicious little fish that you won’t find in markets.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder, 1953

 

 

FISHES OF THE GULF OF MAINE -By Al Bezanson

Schooner Captain and super GMG FOB Al Bezanson writes, “While searching for something else on the NOAA website I discovered that this treasure of a book is available free online. I purchased a printed copy of the 1953 edition long ago from the Museum of Comparative Biology at Harvard University, and I open it randomly at times to read a page or two about the creatures that inhabit the sea off Cape Ann. You can work your way through fish by fish, enjoy the exquisite drawings, the habits and the anecdotes about common and exotic marine life. Here are couple photos from my copy and a link to the book.”

Link to the book: Fishes of the Gulf of Maine

Here’s more … MBLWHOI sponsored the copying of the 1953 edition to make it available online. There is a newer 2002 edition, not digitized, from Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC,  2002. 748 pp., illus. $75.00 (ISBN 1560989513 cloth). Review here…https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/53/8/772/269669

AL BEZANSON’S GREEN DRAGON SCHOONER FEATURED IN CHARLES MOVALLI PAINTING!

Did you know that the schooner shown here in the Charles Movalli painting is none other than Gloucester’s Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon?

Saturday, April 1st, at 2pm author and art historian Judith Curtis is giving an illustrated lecture to accompany the “Charles Movalli: Cape Ann and Beyond” exhibit currently at the Cape Ann Museum. To reserve seating and read more about the event go to the museum’s website here. 

Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

Thank you to Al Bezanson, GMG FOB and former Schooner Green Dragon Captain (former as his son Andy now has the helm), for sharing the following article.

trash-wheel-1-ngsversion-1487331004138-adapt-590-1Known as “Mr. Trash Wheel,” this floating device sucks up plastic from polluted waters.

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By Jackie Snow
February 17, 2017

Baltimore’s harbor is cleaner than it has been in decades thanks to two anthropomorphic trash wheels pulling debris from its waters.

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the latter of which was installed in December, are solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors based in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, clearing debris before it enters the Chesapeake Bay. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by Mr. Trash Wheel since it was installed in May 2014.

The trash wheel’s creator, John Kellett, worked on the harbor for years and saw garbage floating on the water every day. A sailor and engineer, he approached the city and offered to take a stab at cleaning up the harbor. He built a pilot trash wheel and installed it in 2008.

No one had ever tried to stop the trash before and the task seemed daunting. Kellett quickly realized he’d have to go bigger. The pilot wheel was often unable to pick up larger debris and had only one Dumpster, so when it was being emptied, the wheel had to wait for it to return before working again.

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GloucesterCast 199 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Al Bezanson, Monica and Gerald Osmera, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey C

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GloucesterCast 199 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Al Bezanson, Monica and Gerald Osmera, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey C

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Beauport Review from Pat and Jim Dalpiaz

Al Bezanson 32nd Schooner Festival Recap

Monica and Gerald Osmera From Nebraska Accommodations at Rocky Neck Recap

Back To School With Nichole

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Zuiderdam Returning Saturday The 24th Of September and Thursday the 29th

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The Importance of teaching your children Mandarin, not letting them play football and keeping them off the race track

Gloucester Stage  Totalitarians Review

Jeff Zinn Director also Managing Director  Lewis D Wheeler and actor in the Totalitarians was in Black Mass

David Calvo new sign for Brass Monkey is going up this week

Weber Kettle Kept Temps between 289-291 throughout entire taping without adjusting vents once.

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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

WELCOME SCHOONERS!!

Brett Nick Max Ramsey Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome 2016 copyright Kim SmithWhat a treat to tag along with Gloucester’s own Schooner Festival welcoming committee Brett Ramsey and his sons Max and Nick. Each year Brett purchases and assembles baskets of fresh fruit. Along with loaves of yummy bread still warm from Virgilio’s ovens (donated by Joe Virgilio), Brett and his family welcome each and every participating schooner. You could tell that the recipients were really grateful and touched by the gesture.

Special shout out to GMG FOB Schooner Green Dragon’s captain Al Bezanson. I was out filming early this morning and stopped by Rocky Neck Accommodations to say hello to Al and his wife Phyllis. This was Al’s idea to cover the Schooner Fest welcome for GMG, so thank you Al Bezanson!!

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Schooner Fest welcome 2016 Al Bezanson, Matt Sutphin, Fred Murphy copyright Kim SmithCaptains Al Bezanson (Green Dragon), Fred Murphy (Ishmael), and Matt Sutphin (Tyrone) Gloucester Schooner Fest welcome -1 2016 copyright Kim Smith

Are fishcakes obsolete #9 from Al Bezanson

Fort Square Cafe fishcake closeup__1024 (1)Fort Square Café formula for fishcakes

  1. Take a short walk down the street to a just-arrived dragger
  2. Select a couple large hake from the top of the catch
  3. Wait a  minute for a crewmember to fillet the fish
  4. Hand over the fillets to Heidi at the Fort Square Café
  5. Enjoy another cup of Rusty’s coffee as you wait for breakfast
  6. Note that the spuds are on the side – not in the fishcake
  7. Enjoy.  You won’t be needing lunch after this breakfast Fort Square Cafe fishcake with one egg__1024 (1)

Gloucestercast 172 w/ @KimSmithDesigns, @DonnaArd, Al Bezanson and @Joey_C #GloucesterMA Taped 2/22/16

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We are looking for a pastry sponsor for The Gloucestercast Podcast. Sponsor will get a shoutout on the Podcast
Al Bezanson Fish Cakes  DMC Hat  Clipper Ships vs Schooners and The Red Jacket Resort named after The Clipper Ship The Red Jacket
Gorton’s archives. Al singlehandedly responsible for shutting down the Gortons Flakeyard so they could create a mugup shack
What was the impetus for the fishcakes posts
Rocky Neck Artful Bird House Fundraiser
Eastern Point Lit House at Duckworth’s Bistrot  – Ken Duckworth’s Instagram post pepper with smiley face http://www.easternpointlithouse.com/
 Donna Magnolia Historical Society Show Art In The Schoolhouse Info- http://www.loveislivinginmagnolia.com/#!events/c1aow
EJ’s Orgasm and how her posts are about her art and not religion.
Greg Bover No-Show
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Note from GMG FOB Al Bezanson re Schooner Apella and the Key West to Havana Challenge

Al forwards this link and writes, “Schooner race from Key West to Cuba is about to start and the boats can be tracked. The link is from Apella who has become a regular in the Gloucester race.” Follow this link.

Message from Dan Hall, Schooner Apella:

SO, if you’ve glanced at either the Conch Republic Cup Kattack tracking site, or my own SPOT tracker page, you’re wondering why we’re back at the dock and not on our way to Cuba. Well. We headed toward the starting line about 1pm. At about 2:30 we got hammered by wind and wave; as high as 40 knots and 8 or 9 foot seas. At 3:30 the race committee called off the race, for the day. We hope to have a clean and safe start mañana, I assume at 5pm. Will keep you posted. Dan Hall in Key West

Read more about the Conch Republic Cup here.

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THERE’S AL AT THE HELM OF THE GREEN DRAGON SCHOONER!

HAPPY WARM DAYS OF LATE SUMMER EVERYONE! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Schooner Green Dragon Gloucester Schooner Festival Al Bezanson ©Kim Smith 2015Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner is in the foreground with the Schooners Mystic and Roseway in the background. Click to view larger. I’ve been too swamped and neglected to post Schooner Fest photos and will try to schedule this weekend although there have been so many gorgeous photos posted, more may be redundant.

THE TRUTH SHALL SET HIM FREE SCHOONER OR LATER!

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Sighted at the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta #PANERAI off of Marblehead August 8th. #FREEBRADY #SCHOONERGREENDRAGON

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There were thumbs-ups galore from the participants. Here’s the reaction of Allesandro Pagani and his crew in NINA during a close encounter in the race. 

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Katherine Richmond gave us a quickie professional lettering job with the house paint at the Gloucester marine Railways an hour before launch last Friday.

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The Green Dragon Tavern was the meeting place of the Sons of Liberty. On the night of the Boston Tea  Party it was mysteriously empty. 

“The truth shall set him free schooner or later!

-Al Bezanson

“Wicked Cod” To be Aired Jointly On PBS and CBC

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The Gulf of Maine Chapter of the American Schooner Association in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Schooner Association announces a new radio program to be aired jointly on PBS and CBC, “Wicked Cod.” The show will feature a multi-national schooner fleet under sail scouring the Gulf of Maine in search of a codfish. The rules stipulate hook and line fishing only, and if a cod is actually captured it will be measured and released without disclosing its location. The program will be broadcast continually. Further details to follow.

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(Painting credit:  Cod __ 30 X 15 Acrylic on Masonite __ Phyllis Bezanson 1970)   

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New Film: Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls

Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls is a wonderful addition to Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. So many thanks to Joe for taking time from his busy work day to allow filming! Highlights include Joe sharing stories about the early days working alongside his grandfather and cousins, when the thousands of rolls needed for Saint Joseph’s Day were made by hand. 

For store hours and menu visit Virgilio’s Facebook page here.

Read more about Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls here.

Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

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Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

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Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT, first in the medium class this year in Gloucester, was among the few that finished early.  Most of the fleet was well astern dealing with light air, then heavier headwinds.

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WOODWIND runs public sails out of Annapolis and is a consistent winner in this race. She is of lightweight construction, built by John Scarano in Albany in 1993.  Every year, after the pig roast, there is a famous rum party aboard for all the crews and volunteers.

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APELLA, 2nd in class in Gloucester this year, with PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.  She is a Shearwater 45, designed by Dudley Dix and built in South Africa.

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This was the 25th GCBSR and LADY MARYLAND has sailed in most all.  She is a pungy, built in 1985 by Living Classrooms in Baltimore and used for hands-on multidisciplinary education for students of all ages.

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A J MEERWALD of Bivalve, NJ is the state’s official tall ship.  Built in 1928 for oyster dredging, she is fully engaged in educational programs with the Bayshore Discovery Project.

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FAREWELL, built in a backyard in Annapolis and launched in 1972, is a scaled down Grand Banks schooner design by Peter Van Dyne.  FAREWELL and GREEN DRAGON were rivals in Class C in six of these races between 1997 and 2009.

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Brett Ramsey took time out for a high speed drive to VA over the weekend to talk to boat owners and sample the legendary hospitality that is the feature of the GCBSR.

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On  the inside, TOM BOMBADIL, Pasadena, MD with ISTAR, the 37 ft schooner launched this summer in Provincetown by Stormy Mayo.  ISTAR has been a project for nearly forty years, and would have been at the Gloucester race this year had she not been held back by headwinds as she returned from Maine.

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Dr. Al Roper, President of the GCBSR Executive Committee, was up all night managing docking and seeing to it that every schooner got a full measure of southern hospitality.

More to come, including the race results in Part 3 of this series.

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