Tag Archives: Gloucester Harbor

BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR FOGGY MORNING AND CRUSIE SHIP AMERICAN CONSTELLATION DOCKED IN HARBOR

Foggy early morning scenes around the Harbor.

Castle in the Fog

City Hall and the Paint Factory

UU Church 

Cruise Ship American Constellation with Ten Pound Island and the Greasy Pole

The American Constellation is a 175-guest room cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. From the company’s website, “Designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can’t access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.”

Ocean diamonds summer beach day

Seriously glistening summer day. Cape Ann SUP kypads are really holding up: we’re going on two years of steady use, after renting and taking lessons from Dominic. Gloucester is lucky to have several water sport shopping options. Besides Cape Ann SUP, we’ve had surf lessons, rented and purchased wetsuits (for guests, too) from Surfari on 210 Main Street. Cape Ann Divers in (Shaw’s) Cape Ann Marketplace is another place we’ve purchased various beach essentials and wetsuits.

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Don’t forget- Join for the 1st ANNUAL CAPE ANN SUPahBOWL SATURDAY AUGUST 12 PAVILION BEACH GLOUCESTER MA http://www.capeannsup.com/cape-ann-paddleboard-events/

I keep meaning to ask him what he thinks about the self inflating type that went a tad viral in 2016. It’s still in development.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sup-revolution-self-inflating-sipaboards-air–2#/

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2015 prototype

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL FIESTA GLOUCESTER FROM THE FERRIS WHEEL POV

Photos from the Fiesta Ferris wheel taken Thursday evening. Click the slideshow to see larger.

GHS Class of ’74 kick back & enjoy Gloucester Harbor Shuttle charter

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“A lot of my classmates from GHS Class of ’74 chartered the Harbor Shuttle for a 2HR cruise around the harbor.  Our evening couldn’t have been more perfect. Old and dear classmates and some friends shared great conversation, an amazing night and a beautiful tour of the harbor where we all grew up. We all  brought our own refreshments and let Steve do the driving . If you are looking to find a memorable way to enjoy the scenic view of the city and want a great evening with friends you should consider chartering Cape Ann Harbor Cruise.”  – Pauline Bresnahan

http://www.capeannharbortours.com/shuttle.html

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Stacy Boulevard expanded garden plans Tulip Fest May 6

IMG_20170504_052040Saturday May 6, 2017 is the official ribbon cutting re-opening of Stacy Boulevard by Mayor Romeo Theken. Thanks to the Mayor, Mike Hale and all Gloucester DPW, GZA, Essex County Landscape Assoc, Gloucester Community Preservation Act, Ann Giraldi Johnson, GFWA, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and groups like the Seaport Economic Council and Dir Carolyn Kirk, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Joe Lucido, Ed Parks, Mike Linquata, Donna Ardizzoni and One Hour at a Time Gang, Ringo Tarr, Bobbie Turner, YMCA and summer help, Wolf Hill, Generous Gardeners, and other volunteers!

Tulip Festival and bonnet parade Saturday 10AM

Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM

Party at Mile Marker Restaurant 6-10PM

Enjoy a closer look at the engineering and landscape plans for the expanded gardens and before/after comparisons.

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Stacy expanded gardens

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UNDULATUS ASPERATUS CLOUD FORMATIONS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED

Last September we wrote about the rare undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor. According to WBZ-TV chief meterologist Eric Fisher, they were recognized by the Wold Meteorological Organization in March as an official cloud formation. The clouds could be seen over Boston the past few days. You can see a photos of the wavy formations here:  Good Morning Gloucester Undulatus Asperitus.

Undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor from Rocky Neck Railways

To learn more about undulatus asperatus, read more here.

 

Full sail save the dates #SailBoston #schoonerfestival #sailghs

Gloucester 33rd Annual Labor Day Schooner Festival Sept 1 – 3 2017

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June 17 – June 22, 2017 – SailBoston17 Participating Ships

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SailGHS race schedule from Hilary Frye

April 12 Swampscott at Gloucester
April 13 Beverly at Gloucester
April 25 Winthrop at Gloucester
April 27 Landmark at Gloucester
May 5 Concord at Gloucester
May 10 Pingree at Gloucester

Look for local summer camp sailing options SailGHS, YMCA, Eastern Point Yacht Club, Rockport and Annisquam!

David Cox racing photos Main Street Art and Antiques

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SKY DRAMA OVER GLOUCESTER HARBOR

Layers of of fast moving April storm clouds swirling over the Harbor last night.

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Smith’s Cove Rocky Neck

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Gloucester majestic Boulevard construction: public works bringing the plans to life

FAST STATS

Contractor: Newport, Nashua, NH, Brian McCabe is the Project Manager
Status: in progress
Progress April 2017: nearing finish line
Project start (historic): pre 1900
Modern project start: 1999
Funding Awarded: 2013

  • from State: $5,600,000 Seaport Advisory Council
  • from City: $1,120,000 + contingencies
  • Funding in place: 2015
  • Gloucester seawall grants over the last 18 years include: Cripple cove/ Robinsons landing; small sea wall by beacon marine and pirates lane; fort square; Stacy (Stage Fort through Blynman); plus emergency work on Blynman collapse

Bid Open and contract amount: 2/24/15 approx $7 million
Contract completion: on schedule, estimated spring 2017
Locations: Stacy Boulevard and Blynman
Priority: Top Level! Unique and exceptional project– Mayor’s Office considers seawall boulevard a priority necessity, for safety, a centuries infrastructure project with immeasurable quality of life benefits for residents and visitors and essential to economy
Temporary work site chain link fence: Required. The chain link fence is installed by the contractor to protect the work zone and define it better.
Tender house at Blynman and bridge: These are State not city/DPW purview. The new bridge house is temporary (thankfully). The entire bridge needs to be replaced and when it is a new tender’s house will be constructed. I will write more about the bridge house and Blynman in other posts.
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photo above: fencing subcontractor on a beautiful work site readying for railing. Railing required diamond coring like old granite quarrying. Stacy Boulevard December 2016. 

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photo caption: Railing! 2000 feet of new galvanized railing. (The replaced railing was not galvanized. DPW replaces railing: it’s simply a matter of funding.)

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photo caption: Alex Karp – GZA Field Engineer Boulevard construction. The GZA company acquired (David) Vine Associates. GZA is the design engineer for the boulevard project.  David Smith at GZA (formerly Vine) has worked with Gloucester since 1999. 

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photo caption: Gloucester’s DPW construction along the Boulevard

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photo caption: CAP STONE! It’s more than decorative. It has two exposed sides that need to be trimmed to look perfect. Mike Hale, Boulevard construction, November (of course note beard) 2016

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photo caption: Stacy Boulevard contruction capstone and harbor

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photo CAPtion!: Stacy Boulevard dazzling dizzying scope of ocean and capstone as far as the eye can see

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photo caption: Mike Hale with Brian McCabe, Project Manager, Newport construction, November 2016, Gloucester Boulevard

LOCAL JOBS

Along with the Mayor’s office and current administration, Gloucester’s DPW and Newport Construction work with subcontractors including local ones such as:

GZA – national with corporate headquarters in Norwood, MA – Engineering

Gloucester Transit Mix Concrete, Gloucester, MA,  – huge part of project!

Cape Ann Stone, Rockport, MA, Bruce Johnson (owner) – granite

MBT Electricians, Gloucester, MA –  electrical and lighting

Essex County Landscaping, Gloucester, MA, J D Aspesi (owner) – irrigation and sod

Anne Gilardi Johnson –  additional new gardens, site and landscape design for the Boulevard (building upon the successful Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial)– Johnson , a Gloucester native and multi award winning landscape architect, was commissioned by the Fishermen’s Wive Memorial board back in 2000 to design the landscape for Morgan Faulds Pike bronze sculpture, dedicated August 2001. “A series of design plans, and finally a study model, was produced as part of an interactive process between the designer, sculptor, and the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.” Johnson is a member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (largest chapter of the national organization), “known for her design of urban spaces including parks, playgrounds, memorials and streetscapes in Boston,” Worcester, and Gloucester. Her award winning designs include Boston’s (James) Hayes and Childe Hassam Parks in the South End. Generous Gardeners is planting the new beds on the Boulevard: thousands of tulip and daffodil bulbs were planted by many volunteers last fall to bloom this spring!

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some prior posts:

April 2017 Part 3- Gloucester’s boulevard public works construction Part 3: compare high res plans from 1922 and 1923 with today

April 2017 Part 2: Boulevard Public Works stunner | Gloucester is an early client for the Harvard and Olmsted trained landscape designer, Thomas Warren Sears. His 1908 photos are a must see!

April 2017 nearing the finish line Part 1- 

September 12 2016- Stacy Boulevard construction update: historic Blynman the Cut Bridge project scope plans and engineering details

August 2016 

Gloucester’s boulevard public works construction Part 3: compare high res plans from 1922 and 1923 with today

Here are the original 1922 and 1923 plans from the Gloucester DPW archives for close inspection:

Gloucester MA DPW archives Proposed Sea Wall 19224 MB Gloucester MA DPW archives Western Avenue Highway 1923

The Gloucester Daily Times published a construction status for the Western Avenue Project on June 5, 1923. Necessary delays were explained and some of the work would not be ready for Gloucester’s tercentenary celebration. The column indicates that the bridge house would be moved across the street–which didn’t happen then, but is happening in 2017– and mentions the state’s involvement.

“Work on Sea Wall Completed”- June 5 1923 update

Work on the construction of the new Western avenue seawall as far as the state is concerned, is practically completed and the lighters which for several months past have afforded great interest in many spectators have been withdrawn from the job…

On the western end of the park, the wall which held up the little park known as Marine Park is being capped with a four-foot cement topping, to bring it level to and joined with the new wall just completed from that point easterly toward Morgan’s store

Although hopes had been held out that the entire boulevard could be completed in time for the celebration, doubts are expressed now if this can be brought to a conclusion because of the large amount of work to be done, such as filling in behind the wall just erected, and the laying out of the street. Before the street can be laid out, time must be allowed for the settling of the rock filling, thousands of tons of which are to be dumped behind the wall, and this, it is now believed by those in charge, will not be ready for surfacing until spring (1924) at the least.

The bridge-house and the small shed alongside of it are scheduled to be moved to the other side of the street so that an unobstructed view of the boulevard from The Tavern to…

 

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Walk this way: Gloucester’s stately Stacy Boulevard public works project is breathtaking and one for the ages! Part 1

This view will be changing imminently! Today’s Motif Monday is the work on the Boulevard.

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The marvelous engineering and construction for the boulevard is a HUGE story. In all the collective excitement to walk this way, let’s remember to take a moment to acknowledge this feat.

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Mike Hale, Gloucester’s Director of Public Services, was hired in July of 1999, the very same year that this ambitious boulevard infrastructure planning and funding search began for this project. It was funded in 2014.  That means the current project timeline spanned 4 Mayors, administration, staff and city councils. The construction has been exceptionally well managed and I predict it will be or should be nationally recognized with awards. I have been documenting the progress and in the coming days will post several tributes, contemporary views, historic photos and background to rev up anticipation and respect.

Coincidentally, April 16, 2017 will mark the 94th anniversary of an important piece of the boulevard’s construction.

On that day in history, Gloucester’s city council approved the purchase of two lots, the Grant and Low properties:

“Whereas it is the desire of the board of park commissioners of the city of Gloucester to take in fee by purchase or otherwise certain land in said Gloucester lying between Western Avenue and the sea,

“And whereas, the said board has estimated the expenses of acquiring the same to be $8000,

“It is hereby ordered that the sum of $8000 be and hereby is appropriated from the $90,000 Western Avenue act of 1922 to the board of park commissioners as provided by law for the purpose of acquiring and laying out as a public park such land as the said board of park commissioners consider desirable therefore, being the land as shown on a plan entitled ‘Proposed taking for highway and park purposes, Gloucester, Mass, dated April 16, 1923, John H. Griffin, City Engineer,’ having reference to that portion as shown on said plan as is proposed to be taken for park purposes.” I’ve added the bold emphasis to note the big vision of Western Avenue as a public park and extension of Stage Fort in 1923.

The significant original investment was tangible and long lasting, hallmarks of any successful public works project. Did the Boulevard improve the quality of life in Gloucester? It wasn’t easy. Houses and roads were moved.

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Photo caption: “A VIEW NOW OF THE PAST. Most of us are familiar with the Above View. it Shows the Dwellings which Once Lined the Western Avenue Waterfront Before Work was Started Constructing the New Boulevard.”

These photographs were published in August 1923 and retrieved from the Gloucester Daily Times microfiche reel at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library.

The caption below describes Kent Circle “where grand stand has been erected for the review of the parades” for Gloucester’s tercentenary celebration. 

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Awaiting full access in 2017 is a mere blip of an inconvenience when considering how fundamental the Boulevard is for Gloucester. Its benefits are priceless.

Tomorrow’s post BRINGING PLANS TO LIFE

Prior posts

MISTY MORNING

Misty morning on the Harbor. Harumphhh, where did all that lovely, fog-producing warm air run off to?gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-misty-morning-copyright-kim-smith

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION

Last night’s wild and windy March sky over Rocky Neck.windy-rocky-neck-sunset-copyright-kim-smith

Followed by this morning’s whitecaps in the Harbor. gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-unitarian-church-copyright-kim-smithCape Pond Ice and UU Church

GLOUCESTER HARBOR IN THE GLOW OF LATE DAY (OR JUST ONE OF THE 101 MILLION REASONS WHY WE LOVE OUR HOOD)

Gloucester Harbor aglow on a warm winter’s early evening.fv-black-pearl-heading-home-copyright-kim-smith

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GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY SNOWY DAY NEIGHBORHOOD

Lots more snow in the forecast. I hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy and having super fun snow days!beacon-marine-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Marine Basin at dawn

good-harbor-beach-snow-day-copyright-kim-smithGood Harbor Beach

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A few more snapshots from this morning

 

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