Photo Joey Ciaramitaro
Photo Joey Ciaramitaro
We love living up the hill from the Gloucester Marine Railways–never a dull moment!
History of the Gloucester Marine Railways from the Railways website:
“In 1855, Dodd & Tarr Fisheries was started on the tip of Rocky Neck in Gloucester Harbor. As the fisheries business grew to encompass a wharf, a grocery store, warehouses and 15 schooners, the need arose for a way to repair and maintain the fishing vessels. In 1859, the company constructed the first of two marine railways on the northern-most tip of their property on Rocky Neck. From then until about 1970, the Railways used a steam engine to haul up the vessels. One note of interest is that the gears used in the steam engine were produced at the same factory that built the engine for the Civil War battleship, the Monitor.
In 1874, the Tarr bothers of Gloucester took over the firm of Dodd & Tarr and by 1879 the company was listed as “Rocky Neck Marine Railways Association”. The name “Dodd & Tarr & Co.” was reserved for the fishing business only. By 1892, the railways was maintaining 20 first class vessels. In 1907 Capt. Frederick Albert Cook reportedly brought his schooner to the Railways to be sheathed for ice and outfitted for an Arctic expedition. In the 1920s and 30s, schooners participating in the International Fishermen’s Races were hauled out at the Railways for painting and last minute repairs. In the late 1980s the Mayflower II came for repair. Recently the privately owned 128 foot Nantucket Lightship was hauled up in dry dock as she received fresh paint and maintenance.
Since 1859 the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, now known as the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp., has maintained and repaired thousands of fishing, commercial and pleasure boats from the wooden schooners of the last century to the present day steel and fiberglass vessels. A modern Travelift has recently augmented the original railways as GMRC keeps moving ahead, from one century to the next, distinguished as the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the country and a well respected member of the marine industry in the Northeast.”
About the Schooner Roseway from the World Ocean School website:
“In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.
Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side onRoseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history,Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.
Roseway was built and maintained to an exceedingly high standard, using a special stand of white oak from Hathaway’s property in Taunton. She had varnished rails and stanchions and had a house built for her every winter. She was so well maintained that the coal for the stove was washed before being stored in the bunker. This kind of treatment, which contributed to her longevity, was unheard of in the commercial fishing fleet.
On December 7, 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Boston Globe reported the purchase of Roseway by the Boston Pilots Association. In the article, the Pilots describedRoseway as “sturdily constructed of oak, the craft is fully capable of withstanding the battering of heavy seas and onslaughts of terrific gales that pilot boats maintaining the lonely vigil off Boston Harbor are called upon to meet.” Clarence Doane, agent for the Boston Pilots, stated that Roseway “approaches as close as possible to specifications of the ideal pilot boat as any vessel. . . .”
Check it out here on their Facebook Page:
“Our beloved Coast Guard Cutter #GrandIsle will be decommissioned tomorrow.
July – September 1996: GI received a CG Unit Commendation for participating in the response to the Trans World Airlines Flight 800 Crash. The plane was on its way to Paris from New York and experienced an explosion 16NM off the coast of Moriches Harbor.”
For our many many posts about Gloucester’s Cutter- https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/?s=GRAND+ISLE
The Beach, The Restaurants, The Dock, The Harbor Shuttle To Downtown, The Rooms, The Accommodations Has It All.
http://www.rockyneckaccommodations.com/ To Book Your Room
Check Out This Room Tour and The Views-
Look at these sunrises from the past few years on the same exact week of the year- Second Week Of June. If you’re a photographer and planning on taking a trip out here to photograph sunrises, might I suggest the second week of June? If this hack of a photographer can capture these images, you ought to be able to as well
‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12 and ‘14 represented here-
Fishermen’s Wives Statue 4:46AM 6/14/08
Gloucester At Dawn, 4:45AM Good Harbor Beach 6/09/09
Gloucester At Dawn Good Harbor Beach and Thacher Island 4:50AM 6/11/10
Gloucester At Dawn 4:50AM 6/7/12 Good Harbor Beach at Thacher Island
Gloucester At Dawn- Good Harbor Beach 4:55AM 6/9/14
Some of my other favorite Gloucester at Dawn Photos can be seen here
The “Can Do”
These Photos of the “Grampus” in Beverly Harbor are from 2009 .
The Grampus is the old pilot boat “Can Do” that was lost with all hands (crew of five) in the Blizzard of ’78 .
The Damaged Hull was the only thing left of the Can Do when it was later raised from the sea.
The Workboat Grampus previously the pilot boat Can Do was raised in 1981 and after a complete re-build was returned to service. She has served on numerous projects over the years. The name Grampus (the original name of the vessel) is an old term for a pilot whale, appropriate for the sleek black hull of the vessel. Grampus is 47ft long and is powered by an 855 Cummins diesel. She was originally built as a yacht, and travelling as far south as the Amazon.
Inspite of what some have said she is not haunted or is she?
Thanks go out to MuffyHowards from Cape Ann Online for the heads up on these Youtube Videos. The Story of the Gloucester Pilot Boat Can Do. It’s a long series at least 13 parts. You’ll hear actuall Radio Transmisions from the USCG and the Pilot Boat Can do during this Tragedy.
From Publishers Weekly;
“Before The Perfect Storm, there was the 1978 blizzard that lashed the Massachusetts coast with blinding snow, 90-mile-per-hour winds and 40-foot waves. Into the juggernaut sailed the small boat Can Do and its crew of five civilians on a doomed mission to assist two other vessels imperiled by the storm. As in The Perfect Storm, all hands were lost; but since the Can Do sank only a few agonizing miles from shore, there are records of terse radio transmissions to help the author recreate their last desperate hours. Journalist Tougias (The Blizzard of ’78) fills out his absorbing account with lots of search-and-rescue procedural details, recollections from others who endured the monstrous seas of that hellish night and 300 years’ worth of maritime disaster sagas. At times, the book feels padded with lengthy, adulatory back stories about the Can Do crew and needless speculations (i.e., “Kenny Fuller likely thought of his wife, knowing that if he died it would be especially hard on her”). And the story’s outcome-the Can Do never got anywhere near the boats it went to help, both of which survived the storm-raises questions about the wisdom of the heroic ethos it celebrates. Still, Tougias delivers a well-researched, vividly written tale of brave men overwhelmed by the awesome forces of nature.”
Also if your interested in this story Check out the book: “Ten Hours Until’ Dawn”
By Micheal Tougias
Come to think of it, the sunbeams, the herons, the pearly pink-hued surf caught in the dawn light, and sand turned-brilliant-gold were also cooperating. It must be my good fortune! Last night on my way home from work I purchased my first ever lottery ticket and, although unfortunate in that I did not win the half billion dollars, I feel fortunate everyday for our shared beauty that is Gloucester.
Good Harbor Beach November 29, 2012
Shot with the Sony NEX-5N
Taken with- you guessed it my NEX-5N which I paid over $250 more than what you can buy it for as of yesterday.
Here are some of the sets I’ve taken with mine click for photos
A new version of the 5 series has been announced which includes wifi but won’t be out for two months and is listed at a price of $748, the NEX-5R.
I’ll take my camera at that discount and in fact I did, buy it for the Mrs for her birthday. Shhhhhh. Don’t tell.
This is the new one which is available for pre-order-
My NEX-5N which you’ve witnessed this past year and what I attribute to a huge portion of the fun I’ve had taking photos. it has a huge sensor in a compact form and I can’t recommend it enough. And for the price they slashed it down to it is an absolute NO BRAINER!
It was $698 and they cut $200 off on Amazon. I’m telling you don’t even think, just buy it and you’ll be psyched you did. I’m getting one for the Mrs. as soon as I finish typing this. I haven’t seen this deal any where else so I don’t know how many are available at that price but if it’s still there grab one with the kit lens. You’ll be happy you did.
Here are some of the sets I’ve taken with mine click for photos
Video taken with The NEX-5N
To Show You I Put My Money Where My Mouth Is Here Is The Order I Just Placed With Amazon For The Mrs-