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Sunken treasure recovered.  An old #schooner Rudder housing.  Brought up off #GloucesterMA Harbor

This is called a Gudgeon, it attaches to the wooden rudder and attaches through the hole to the pintle.

Brought in by Toby Burnham Aboard The Jupiter II

To get an idea where this would reside on a Schooner or Brig check out our friend Tugster‘s Post here-

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Vessel designer Gerald de Weerdt here takes measurements today to attach rudder to hull via pintles and gudgeons.

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and this from-

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WWII Historian and Shipwreck Researcher

http://www.archaehistoria.org/new-zealand-sites/32-union

The 158 ton brig Union would have been very similar to this one. This is the 162 ton, 90 feet long, wooden brig Annie Brown, which trading around South Australia from 1875. Source: p. 136 of “Sail in the South” by Ronald Parsons, Wellington, AH & Aw Reed, 1975

Brampton Pintle

A bronze pintle with three through bolts from the 1823 wreck of the 432 ton sailing ship Brampton. The item was recovered by Kelly Tarlton from the wreck site in the Bay of Islands. This item was sold at Webb’s auction no. 862 in November 2002. Note as photographed the pintle is upside down. The Waimahana Bay trademe pintle did not have through bolts but was fastened by rudder nails and lag bolts instead.

More Reading about Gudgeon and Pintles- whats interesting here is this one from

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One of the rudder gudgeons raised from the site, MM-3-31-2-1 (illustrated) accords with the dimensions for lower pintle diameter (2 1/2 inch) given in the Lloyd's Survey Report.(Drawn by: Geoff Hewitt)

 A Snow Brig. The Mountain Maid was a strongly built wooden snow brig. She had two square rigged masts and a smaller sail called a spanker, behind the main mast.
A Snow Brig. The Mountain Maid was a strongly built wooden snow brig. She had two square rigged masts and a smaller sail called a spanker, behind the main mast.
(Based on a line drawing from Ships Rigs & Rigging, H. A. Underhill. Nautical Press, Glasgow. Colorised by EFL.)

So I contacted my friend Will (Tugster) and he had a more intriguing information and photos to add to this-

Hi Joey–

Wow!  My filing system works, and I located these photos about 5 minutes after I started looking.

The story is this:  after a storm in spring (?) 1988, Mike Magnifico–then manager of Salisbury Beach State Reservation/Beach saw this as he was surveying beach erosion.  He thought–he said later–those were gold, and the color is not exactly true in the photos.  He called the Newburyport Maritime Museum, who called me, because I was Mr. Shipwreck before I was Tugster.  I wet to Salisbury Beach, took the photos.  A friend is standing in photo 1 to show scale.

I pursued it a while;  a maritime archeologist up at Plymouth State (NH) looked it over carefully and declared the pintles made of  “yellow metal” but further identification would likely not be possible.  Last I knew, almost 30 years ago, Salisbury Beach Reservation kept them rather than donate to the N Maritime Museum.

Exciting.  Feel free to post on GMG any text and photos.

Cheers

When you coming down to NYC?

Will

SAD END FOR THE BLUE OCEAN DRAGGER

blue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-gloucester-ma-29-copyright-kim-smithEarly this morning crews from Cape Ann Marine, Under Pressure Construction, Tally’s, Harbormaster T. J. Ciarametaro, the D.P.W., police, and diver Ted Barnes arrived at Niles Beach to begin work dismantling the FV Blue Ocean dragger. Despite the rough seas and biting wind, tow lines were secured around the vessel by Cape Ann Marine and Ted Barnes. Under Pressure’s Chad Ketchopulos and crew dug a wide trench at the road that opens onto Niles Beach. It appeared the purpose of the trench was to help stabilize the tow trucks. Two Tally’s tow trucks were used to haul the Blue Ocean out of the water, the Merlin to drag the vessel across the beach and the second tow truck to brace the Merlin. By low tide, at 11:27am, the dragger was mostly out of the water, when work began to smash the boat to bits. Last check at 1:00pm and the Blue Ocean was almost entirely gone.

Mini time lapse of Blue Ocean dragger being hauled across the beach

Blue Ocean dragger meets its end today #fishingboat #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

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BREAKING: NILES CLOSED DUE TO BLUE OCEAN SHIPWRECK DEBRIS LITTERING BEACH

blue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-gloucester-ma-niles-beach-closed-copyright-kim-smithKnocked 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.

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UPDATE ON BLUE OCEAN DRAGGER SHIPWRECK

gloucester-shipwreck-fv-blue-ocean-23-copyright-kim-smith-copyDiver 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

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Diver Ted Barnes

 

 

BREAKING: SHIPWRECKED BLUE OCEAN SALVAGE UNDERWAY

Work to float the dragger Blue Ocean, shipwrecked at Nile Beach, is underway.blue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-salvage-gloucester-ma-20-copyright-kim-smithblue-ocean-dragger-shipwreck-salvage-gloucester-ma-2-copyright-kim-smith

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Fine artist Loren Doucette: Great teacher announces fall/winter classes

Loren Doucette Studio and Teaching, (978)-879-6588, 1 Center Street (between Passports and Pastaio Via Corta), Gloucester, MA, www.lorendoucetteart.com

All classes to be held on the 3rd Floor at 1 Center Street @TenPoundStudio space, silk painting studio

Loren Doucette’s DRAWING THURSDAYS, 9-11:30AM, beginning November 3rd

Loren Doucette’s EXPRESSIVE PAINTING THURSDAYS, WATERCOLOR & ACRYLIC,  2-4:30PM, beginning November 3rd

Loren Doucette’s SATURDAY WORKSHOP & PRIVATE OFFERINGS, monthly 2nd Saturdays, starting November 12, 9AM-noon

 

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Announcing Loren Doucette’s 2014 new space at 1 Center Stree

 

 

 

Wonderful Gloucester Cultural Council has money for 2017 arts, humanities and sciences projects. Apply now!

The GCC Application deadline is October 17, 2016. No paper copies are required this year!

The GCC grants have primed countless programs that would not have been possible without that support. The unheralded community volunteers that put in the time and effort to administer the process are fantastic. I look forward to seeing the annual choices. Good luck everyone!

Rose Sheehan writes to GMG:

On behalf of the Gloucester Cultural Council please help us get the word out about project funding opportunities. Thanks! 

The Gloucester Cultural Council is currently accepting applications for grant funding for community-based projects in the arts, humanities and sciences for the FY 2017 round of funding. Each year, organizations, schools and individuals are invited to apply to the Local Cultural Council for funding to support projects that promote rich cultural experiences in the Gloucester community. This year, all applicants must submit their proposals via the new online system and no hard copy applications will be accepted. 

The Gloucester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. The Gloucester Cultural Council guidelines, project priorities and online applications are available at http://www.mass-culture.org/Gloucester.

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Gloucester Daily Times April 2012, Poetry Comes Alive, East Gloucester Elementary school celebrates National Poetry Month with support from the Gloucester Cultural Council, an MCC LCC initiative

Poll-Do You Support A $5 beach Sticker increase with The Money Going To Beach Cleaning and safety?

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People Mapping Out Travel Plans Based On Availability Of EV Charging Stations and Gloucester Benefits!

Martin DelVecchio writes-

Alessandro sent me these pictures.

He drove his Tesla from Albany, NY for a whale watch, and chose Gloucester because of its newly-installed public charging station.  He even ate at Tonno!

Alessandro charging his Tesla at Gloucester MA City Hall

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GloucesterCast 193 With Ringo and Emily Tarr, Cat Ryan, @kimSmithdesigns and @Joey_C taped 7/24/17

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GloucesterCast 193 With Ringo and Emily Tarr, Cat Ryan, @kimSmithdesigns and @Joey_C taped 7/24/17

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CountryFest July 30th and BluesFest August 6th Ringo Tarr and Emily Frank From Boston Fence Donates the Fencing, Get $30 tickets at The Chamber or Firefly downtown before, at the gate tickets are available for $35 http://gloucesterbluesfestival.com/
Kent XCircle tree Lighting, Flags At The Boulevard, the Concerts at The Boulevard, The Fireworks, Founding member of The GloucesterFund
Squished Bunny- how small must the bunny Rabbit’s Brain’s be that you give them like 150 yards and they still manage to at the very last second leap in front of your tire?
Monarchs are arriving (especially females) Journey North App
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Southward Migration under way
Flip Flop thieves at Good Harbor
Dogs and garbage will continue to be an issue at area beaches as long as there are ignorant lazy people walking the earth
 193 GMG Podcast Ring and Emily Tarr copyright Kim Smith

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VIDEO: PASTAIO VIA CORTA- Fresh Hand Made Pasta in Glosta!

It’s a dream come true! Yes, fresh daily-made by hand pasta has come to 11 Center Street in downtown Gloucester. I had some last night, and OMG! It’s stunning! Support our local businesses folks!!

Ultimate whale watching out of Gloucester MA and lunch at 1606 Beauport

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July 4th weekend started early. We spent the morning on Stellwagen thanks to 7 Seas Whale Watch. The main spotting was incredible: Hancock and Shuffleboard, two female humpbacks, were feeding together. Alongside us reaching for railings were folks from Chelmsford, Boston, Boulder, Sweden, Germany, and Spain. The World Wildlife fund and many other ‘top’ lists rank Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching cruise spots available in the world. Locals know that it’s Gloucester that’s the ultimate place to buy that whale watch ticket. We have the best whale watch companies with marine biologists and researchers on board and decades of research and authority in the field. Michelle B led the trip today. She’s awesome.

You can direct dial ALL the Gloucester whale watching companies from the HarborWalk whale marker. The “belle of the bay”, Salt,  is featured on the plaque. We didn’t see her today but boats have seen her again this summer.

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Back in port, everyone fanned out to downtown Gloucester. We met friends at the very packed Beauport Hotel, happy to be seated for a late lunch. Sherrie DeLorenzo was on site making sure things were buttoned down. They were. (My photo wasn’t. Sorry, Sherrie!) The concierge dynamo Chris and crew Emily were a visible and valuable resource right in the heart of the lobby. Lunch was delicious and the service was excellent. The adage a great waiter never waits was true today. Ask for Faith! Beauport is at capacity for Sunday.

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Marine guide Michelle B,  Seven Seas Whale Watch 

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Chris Hovack and Emily – Beauport Hotel 

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Great Places to Stay – Travel Gloucester

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Here’s a map of the Gloucester hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast and you name it lodging that I whipped up in 2014 when I was serving on the tourism commission. I was curious where all these places were in relation to downtown. Laura Dow of Vista Motel and Laura Baker of Castle Manor Inn booked very full dance cards for us: two days of back-to- back lodging tours (any that signed up), speed dating style. Conclusion: there are great places to stay to suit anybody’s needs and preferences. I included some that we did not see.

This year, I added Beauport Hotel — which can handle a 400 person conference capacity!

Other news this year: Vista Motel has a new pool; Cape Ann Marina Resort initiated Boatsetter (‘Uber on the water’) and… send in updates and I’ll add it to the post.

Cape Ann SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard ) is right in there by Beauport and Long Beach for visiting guests.

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The envelope, please! Nearly $310,000 Gloucester piece of MA’s art funding pie

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How did Gloucester stack up?

Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects.  Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!

 

MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$12,000

Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000

MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS  – $600

Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip

CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $221,000

Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”  

Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000

Gloucester Stage Company To replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000

Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony To install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000

 

MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $23,000

Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.to establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800

Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700

 

MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $21,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000

 

MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)-  $7600

Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners

Annisquam Historical Society Preserving Gloucester History $450
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe Season 2015-2016 $348
DiPrima, Jay Henry David Thoreau Lecture $250
East Gloucester Elementary School Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art $300
Harcovitz, Ruth Songs of World War II $250
LePage, Lucille Stories, Songs & More $571
Lundberg, Christine The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film $500
Manninen, Wendy Singing and Signing $300
Maritime Gloucester Association Off to the Races! Exhibit $700
Music at Eden’s Edge Connecting Kids to Classical Music $500
Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras Youth Orchestra Honors Concert $350
Phyllis A Marine Association History Sharing Program $500
Rockport Music Jasper Quartet $400
Sawyer Free Library Printerbot Learning $464
Sawyer Free Library Cape Ann Reads $500
Sheehan, Rose Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration $500
Sheehan, Rose Cape Ann Contra Dance $450
Swift, Sarah Slifer Trident Live Art Series $400
Van Dyke, Juni The Note Card Project $350
Waller, Susan The Fiesta People’s Mural $250
Windhover Foundation Quarry Dance 5 $700

MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000

Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000

Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000

MCC YOUTHREACH- $15,000

Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000

 

Main St. Gloucester: goodlinens rolls into their new space and rolls out Better Towels Across America xcountry tour

goodlinens officially moves into 130 Main Street on June 1, 2016 to begin the fit-out. “We’re looking forward to finishing work by July 1 for a soft opening!” says goodlinens owner Jo Anne Chirico.

Apparently setting up a new brick-and-mortar headquarters downtown isn’t ambitious enough. While Jo Anne is focused on building out her new space, ripping down the ceiling and tearing up a glued down rug, goodlinens is rolling out across the country with the goodlinens Better Towels Across America campaign.  Anna Chirico, Jo Anne’s daughter, is driving through 48 states with goodlinens towels, gathering fans and stores state-by-state, lining them up for linen.

 

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Anna says: “Just left Savannah today and headed to Jacksonville, down the A1A highway, camping, and on to Key West tomorrow, then Miami, Tampa, Destin Beach and New Orleans. The route was planned for the most part before I left. I’ll be going to all 48 states (as well as the southern, northern, western and eastern most part, and the geographical center.) I’ll also be dipping into Canada a few times…It may change a bit, here and there. No particular highway/route.”  

We can track Anna’s goodlinens progress as she scouts buyers,  lifestyle stores, and boutiques. This local small business is putting up the flag for Gloucester on this road trip the minute they give their address. Let’s make sure to follow goodlinens on Instagram and root for Anna’s route (see itinerary* below). Is there a store you are a fan of in a town she’s heading to? Let her know. 

Instagram @goodlinens (updated the most) also Twitter @goodlinens

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Who: goodlinens studio of Gloucester, MA, Better Towels Across America 48 state tour

What: gathering fans and stores state-by-state for goodlinens, everyone’s better towel. Beautiful. Functional. 100% linen. goodlinens towels are a simple elegance and beautiful design. They are soft, light as air, compact and natural. (Use a better towel. Your kitchen deserves goodlinens. Your bathroom deserves goodlinens. Your beach towels deserve goodlinens. got it?) http://www.goodlinens.com

When: departed Gloucester, Ma, on the night of April 25, 2016. Expected return date Mid-September.

Itinerary completed so far (what a busy month!): 

– Boston, MA

– New Bedford, MA

– Providence, MA

– Mystic, CT

– New Haven, CT

– New York, NY

– Queens, NY

– Brooklyn, NY

– Neptune, NJ

– Philadelphia, PA

– Baltimore, MD

– Washington DC

– Rehoboth, DE

– Chincoteague Island, DE

– Richmond, VA

– Charlottesville, VA

– all along Blue Ridge Parkway

– Chattanooga, TN

– Nashville, TN

– Memphis, TN

– Little Rock, AK

– Tulsa, OK

– Oklahoma City, OK

– Dallas, TX

– Jackson, MS

– Birmingham, AL

– Atlanta, GA

– Charlotte, NC

– Raleigh, NC

– Charleston, SC

– Savannah, GA

Upcoming destinations after FLA:

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