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HOME SWEET HOME – SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR SUNSET TONIGHT

On my way back tonight from visiting our darling daughter Liv in Brooklyn and came home to this beautiful scene. Happy to be home 🙂gloucester-harbor-sunset-3-copyright-kim-smith

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SURF CITY GLOUCESTER (DECEMEBER SURFING THAT IS!)

good-harbor-beach-december-surfers-copyright-kim-smithBeautiful fifty degree weather today and happy to be home to Gloucester. Running errands this morning and just had to stop at the Jodrey Fish Pier for the view and take a walk on Good Harbor Beach on this glorious and unseasonably warm day.gloucester-harbor-copyright-kim-smith

 

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE INNER HARBOR

sunrise-gloucester-city-skyline-copyright-kim-smithThe light oftentimes glows warm golden pink over the Harbor late in the day, at sunset. On my way to photograph Niles Pond Saturday morning, it was surprisingly beautiful to see overhanging the Harbor wispy vertical pink clouds.

I love the time change with the sun rising an hour earlier because I can get out and film before the work day begins. Lately we have been treated to extra amazingly gorgeous and sumptuous sunrises and sunsets!sunrise-gloucester-harbor-november-5-2016-copyrightt-kim-smith

sunrise-gloucester-harbor-november-5-2016-2-copyrightt-kim-smithSame morning, the view looking towards Smith’s Cove

LIKE BREATH ON GLASS, or Living in a Whistler Moment

gloucester-harbor-nocturne-copyright-kim-smithJames McNeill Whistler once said “Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass.” My question is, which came first, the “soft paintings” of the later half of the 19th and early 20th century or soft focus photos? Knowing that Edward Steichen transitioned from painting to photography, its not hard to imagine that Whistler and Innes were also using photography as a tool.

SCHOONER LYNX DEPARTS GLOUCESTER

schooner-lynx-gloucester-boston-skyline-copyright-kim-smithExciting news–the Schooner Lynx will be returning to Gloucester next year for the Schooner fest! The captain of the Lynx, Donald Peacock, wrote the following, “Thank you for noticing Lynx in your harbor. Gloucester Marine Railways have been most hospitable and we look forward to returning for Lynx 2017 yard period and the 2017 Gloucester Schooner Race and Festival.”

A magnificent ship under sail, she was a joy to watch and to photograph as she moved through the Harbor, setting course for Saint Petersburg, Florida, via Portland, Maine. You can see in the last photo that by the time she was passing Brace Cove she was under full sail with her square sail hoisted too. Safe travels Schooner Lynx and crew!

schooner-lynx-gloucester-mast-crane-piling-copyright-kim-smithAt the Railways this morning with crew members Casey and Hunter

schooner-lynx-gloucester-ten-pound-island-copyright-kim-smithPassing Ten Pound Island -note how much taller the Schooner is to the Lighthouse

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Along the backshore with Boston in the distanceschooner-lynx-brace-rock-copyright-kim-smith

schooner-lynx-gloucester-brace-cove-copyright-kim-smithBrace Cove

ROYS BOYS

roys-boys-gloucester-harbor-copyright-kim-smithTugboat Roys Boys moving through Gloucester Harbor this morning 

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.

She is a twin screw tug, rated at 900 horsepower.”roys-boys-gloucester-fort-harbor-copyright-kim-smithroys-boys-gloucester-harbor-martime-gloucester-2-copyright-kim-smith

roys-boys-gloucester-harbor-maritime-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithA photo of her when she was the Cap’n Ed–don’t you think she’s so much sharper looking today? 12497

TALL SHIP LYNX IN GLOUCESTER HARBOR!

tall-ship-lynx-portsmouth-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithPerhaps you’ve noticed the towering masts and proportionately large flag of the ship currently docked at Rocky Neck Marine Railways. They caught my attention this morning when at the Fish Pier taking photos as the masts are almost as tall as those of the Schooner Columbia. The flag and masts belong to the tall ship Lynx, a privateer inspired by the original tall ship that battled the British during the War of 1812. That war ship was named the Privateer Lynx.tall-ship-lynx-2-portsmouth-gloucester-copyright-ki

The Lynx is a square topsail schooner. Her port of registry is Portsmouth, New Hampshire and her homeports are Nantucket during warmer months and Saint Petersburg, Florida during wintertime. She is on her way to Portland and is scheduled to depart Gloucester on Monday. The Lynx is an educational organization devoted to hands-on programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence during the War of 1812. You can read more about the ship on the Lynx website here.

hunter-tall-ship-lynx-copyright-kim-smithHunter, the Lynx’s cook (left) and Jonathan, from the Liberty Star. The Liberty Star is undergoing some repairs at the Railways, on her way to the Virgin Islands for the winter.schooner-liberty-star-copyright-kim-smith

tall-ship-lynx-flag-portsmouth-gloucester-copyright-kiThe fifteen stars and stripes flag flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and is the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the “Star Spangled Banner.”

This was the only U.S. flag to have fifteen stripes. Two stripes and two stars were added for Vermont and Kentucky when they became states. Congress had a change of heart and in 1818, proclaimed that one star for each new state would be added on the 4th of July following the state’s admission to the union and there would be thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.

lynx12012_lynxPhotos of the Lynx under sail courtesy Google image search

tall-ship-lynx-rocky-neck-marine-railways-gloucester-harbor-copyright-kim-smithThe Harbor this morning at daybreak, with the Lynx on the far left, docked at the Marine Railwaystall-ship-lynx-rocky-neck-marine-railways-gloucester-harbor-2-copyright-kim-smithLiberty Star at the Railways

From wiki – A privateer was a private person or ship that engaged in maritime warfare under a commission of war. The commission, also known as a letter of marque, empowered the person to carry on all forms of hostility permissible at sea by the usages of war, including attacking foreign vessels during wartime and taking them as prizes. Captured ships were subject to condemnation and sale under prize law, with the proceeds divided between the privateer sponsors, shipowners, captains and crew. A percentage share usually went to the issuer of the commission. Since robbery under arms was common to seaborne trade, all merchant ships were already armed. During war, naval resources were auxiliary to operations on land so privateering was a way of subsidizing state power by mobilizing armed ships and sailors.

TRAILS AND SAILS – THE SAILS

Magnificent sails and scenes out and about the Harbor during the Trails and Sails event this weekend.trails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-4-copyright-kim-smith

Schooner Lannon

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Schooner Adventure Rounding Ten Pound Island

trails-and-sails-schooner-adventure-copyright-kim-smithtrails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-3-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Lannon and Ten Pound Island

trails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Lannon and Gloucester City Skyline

THE SCALE OF THE ZUIDERDAM

zuiderdam-cruise-ship-gloucester-harbor-massachusetts-usa-boston-skyline-copyright-kim-smithIn case you haven’t had the chance to check it out, these photos are an attempt to illustrate the size and scale of the cruise ship Zuiderdam in Gloucester Harbor. I was lucky to get the Schooner Adventure sailing past the ship during this weekend’s Trails and Sails event. I think the next largest ships in the Harbor that day were the Schooners Lannon and Adventure.

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zuiderdam-cruise-ship-gloucester-harbor-massachusetts-usa-schooner-adventure-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Adventure and the Zuiderdam

zuiderdam-cruise-ship-gloucester-harbor-massachusetts-usa-ten-pound-island-copyright-kim-smithMoving past Ten Pound Island

 

MINI VIDEO: SIMPLY SPECTACULAR BEST EVER FIREWORKS!!

The “never ending” was my favorite part of the Gloucester Schooner Festival/Labor Day fireworks, but it was all super spectacular. An adorable little girl, Belle, was standing next to me while filming the fireworks. At one point during the show Belle asked her Mom if the sharks and mermaids were watching the fireworks 🙂

 

UNDULATUS ASPERATUS?

Undulatus asperatus -2 copyright Kim SmithYou couldn’t help but notice yesterday morning’s dramatic cloud formations. Facebook Friends have been posting from several different times of the day and these photos were taken around 7am. I am so curious and tried looking it up although it was all a bit confusing. Its fun to say undulatus asperatus, but that’s only a guess. Do we have any cloud experts that would like to write and let us know? Gloucester City Hall Undulatus asperatus copyright Kim SmithUndulatus asperatus copyright Kim SmithUndulatus asperatus Gloucester copyright Kim Smith

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