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The Loss of the F/V Patriot 01/03/2009

On January 3, 2009 the F\V Patriot was lost at Sea with both crewmen.  Here is the story from the Gloucester Daily Times and a few photos I took of the Patriot in 2008.  Also, Joey has some great pictures and video of inside the Patriots wheelhouse and engine room. 

From the Gloucester Daily Times;

Mourning the Patriot

Trawler tragedy claims lives of two fishermen

“By Richard Gaines The Gloucester Daily Times Sun Jan 04, 2009, 10:52 PM EST

As president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, Angela Sanfilippo has dealt many times with tragedy at sea. It never gets easier.

“This is a shocker,” she said Saturday, referring to the loss of the Patriot and the lives of two local fishermen. “This was the perfect boat. Gloucester has one more time been stricken.” 

The two members of a Gloucester fishing family — the husband and father of Josephine Russo — were lost at sea early Saturday when the family-owned Patriot, a modern, 54-foot, steel-hulled trawler fishing alone on Middle Bank, about 15 miles from port, sank after an apparent catastrophic failure.

CLICK THE LINK FOR THE REST OF THE STORY; http://www.gloucestertimes.com/Patriot/x645317002/Mourning-the-Patriot

Here are Links to the USCG Final Action Report and the USCG Timeline chart on the F/V Patriot sinking.

 Coast Guard Final Action Memo FV PATRIOT.pdf

 Enclosure 3 – FV PATRIOT Timeline Graphic.pdf

Here are the links to Joey’s Videos;



 The Danielle Marie before the Name Change to the Patriot

The Patriot docked at the State Fish Pier

Matteo Russo Gets ready to Board his Boat The F\V Patriot

F\V Patriot viewed from Gorton’s Wharf 2008

The Patriot gets ready to Dock 2008

U.S. Coast Guard news briefing to be held for fishing vessel Patriot investigation conclusion


Two days After We Lost Charlie the Coast Guard Will Be Holding a Press Conference To Detail Their Conclusions In The Patriot Sinking Investigation.

Media are invited to attend a news briefing for the fishing vessel Patriot marine casualty investigation at Sector Boston, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at 8 p.m.

The late hour of the news briefing is due to previous briefings with members of the family of the two fishermen who lost thier lives when the Patriot sank in January 2009.

Who: Capt. John Healey, commander of Sector Boston, will be answering questions pertaining to the marine casualty investigation.

What: Media briefing on the fishing vessel Patriot marine casualty investigation.

When: Sept. 17th at 8 p.m.


Sector Boston

427 Commercial St

Boston, MA 02109

Media are asked to R.S.V.P. and have proper credentials prior to arrival.

For more information on this release, please contact 1st District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.

Click the Picture Below For The Slide Show Of Pictures I Took Aboard Matteo Russo’s Patriot July 29, 2008


For Those That Wanted To Contribute To The Children Of Matteo Russo Fund

Bank Gloucester

Bank Gloucester

There are people that are asking how they can help if they missed the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project.

You could make checks out to The MR Children Fund Attn Amy Mitchel and send it to

Bank Gloucester
160 Main Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 01930

At the end of the GGAP event we had 12 Tshirts left.  They are at The Dress Code Downtown Gloucester.  You could also buy one of the few remaining Good Morning Gloucester T Shirts there.  100% of the money you spend to purchase a t shirt goes to the Matteo Russo Children Fund.

The Dress Code is located at 159 Main Street Gloucester.

Thanks To The Rabbit and Benny Orlando From Best Buy

I’d like to thank my pal the Rabbit and Benny Orlando a Gloucester native and Best Buy representative that sponsored over $250 worth of door prizes for the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project II/Russo family fundraiser.

DSC_5213, originally uploaded by sharon_lowe88.

Packed House For GGAP II

We had a lot of fun and raised money for a great cause.   People turned out and I’m proud to say that GGAP II was the first sell-out at Cape Ann Community Cinema.  We raised $2217. which will be deposited by the end of the week to The MR Children fund.  There are still 12 t shirts left which can be purchased at The Dress Code downtown and 100% of that money will be added into the total when they are sold.  Also Rob Newton will be donating a portion of the proceeds from a show this week (details to follow) into the pot.

DSC_5259, originally uploaded by sharon_lowe88.

Thanks to Sharon for taking the pictures at the show as I was too busy to be able to get any footage.

Rescheduled Russo Fundraiser TODAY Sunday February 15th at 1:30PM

seartsmatteo-russo-2Please join us in this important event that was rescheduled due to bad weather last month

On January 3, 2009 the Gloucester fishing boat Patriot sank taking the lives of Matteo Russo and John Orlando. Matteo Russo, 36, leaves behind a pregnant wife and four year old son. To help the family Joe Ciaramitaro of GoodMorningGloucester.com and Robert Newton of Cape Ann Community Cinema are holding a fund-raiser on Sunday, February 15, 1:30 pm, at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the family. Tickets are $7.00.

For more information, please click here.

We will have GMG TShirts Available For Purchase and 100% of the proceeds will go to the family.  Every dollar you spend toward a tshirt will be deposited into a bank account for the children of Matteo Russo after the event this coming Sunday.  So please come, have a great time, see some incredible footage of Gloucester and help the family of this horrible tragedy.

Sunday February 15th  Come one, Come ALL!

I saw several of the presentations and I can’t begin to tell you how awesome it is going to be.  For a measly $7 you will be completely entertained, and donate to a great cause.

The show is awesome led off with Rob Newton’s collection of vintage Gloucester postcards scanned in high resolution.  We saw a sample of these at the first GGAP event and it was a whole lot of fun seeing old Gloucester on the big screen and guessing where some of the locations were.

Sharon Lowe -GMG contributor and Flapping Like A Haddock blogger presents her video, “Wall St. Autumn,” is a close-up look at the beauty of fall in East Gloucester.

After that we get to see the very fresh perspective slideshow from John Hintlian, a photographer, surfer, and web designer  “Never The Same Place Twice: The Many Moods Of Cape Ann”.  John’s presentation and photography style is unique and fresh and I think you’re going to love his work (passion). You can check out John’s blog Hye Tyde

Next up  Oliver Horowitz will present his short buddy film, “Eddie & Paul,” which was shot entirely in Gloucester in December 2007.

To finish Steve Borichevsky, my favorite Gloucester Photography blogger with his ShootingMyUniverse will present his video, “Walking About Gloucester: Images From America’s Oldest Seaport,” showing pictures of Gloucester and its wildlife set to music including Van Morrison.  I just love Steve’s photography.

Thanks To Barbara Koen

Thanks to a generous donation from Barbara Koen from The Dress Code shop downtown we are able to double the amount of t shirts that will be available for purchase.  100% of the money raised from the sale of these shirts will go to the family of Matteo Russo.

Good Morning Gloucester Logo, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Pictures From Matteo Russo’s Patriot

Usually when I photograph a boat I only post about a third of the pictures that I take.  I weed through and cull out the best shots.  There were a bunch from the Patriot that were left in the folder and never got posted so there will be a few more photos from different angles in the pilot house and engine room.

GoodMorningGloucester Fundraising T Shirt

Beth Swan, The Winner Of The GMG Logo contest and contributor to our fund raising efforts for the family of Matteo Russo sent  this mock up of what the t-shirts will look like.  The T Shirt stock arrived at my house last night and Paul Frontiero will be printing them up within the next few days.  If anyone wants one there are a limited supply of each size so let me know and I’ll try to see that you get the size you would like and be aware that 100% of the money raised for these is going to Matteo’s family.  I’d also like to thank Kat Valentine who put together the flyer to promote the G_GAP Fundraising Event at Cape Ann Community Cinema on January 28th(next Wednesday night)

Pictures From Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine Room

There aren’t too many engines that you would place a sandwich down on top of and then pick it back up to eat, but Matteo maintained his boat meticulously.

Raising Money For The Family Of Matteo Russo

Here is the logo-

While away I was wracking my brain trying to think of some ways that would have a decent impact to help the family of Matteo Russo.

I just got in touch with Rob Newton, the manager of The Cape Ann Community Cinema and asked if we could donate a portion of what the gate is from the upcoming G-GAP presentation at Cape Ann Community Cinema to the fund that has been established for Matteo’s family.

He said sure, so Cape Ann Community Cinema will take the regular gate and 30% will go to the fund for the family.

The event is going to be January 28th at 7:00PM

There’s more though.

I just ordered a bunch of T shirts that Paul Frontiero has graciously agreed to silk screen for free and Beth Swan From Beth Swan Design is offering her winning GoodMorningGloucester Logo design and art skills to the project.

So if you haven’t been able to contribute to help the family but would like to, I should have the Tshirts at the GGAP next Wednesday night for $20.  100% of the money from the sale of the TShirts will go to the family on top of the money from the gate.

It’s not going to be a percentage of the money from the sale of the tshirt minus the cost, but every cent donated for the tshirt will go to help the family.

Hopefully some of the regular CAO and fans of GMG and will come on out in support.

Much thanks go out to Rob Newton, Paul Frontiero and Beth Swan for helping with the project.

The Children Of Matteo and Josephine Russo Scholarship Fund

Angela Sanfilippo and City Councilor Sefatia Romeo have created a a scholarship fund for the nearly 3-year-old son and unborn child of Matteo and Josephine Russo. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by sending a check to “The Chldren of Matt Russo Fund, c/o BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, Attention: Amy E. Mitchell.”

This information came from The Gloucester Daily Times article.

I’ve added a permanent tab  above in the header of our GMG Front page for folks to always have access to the place theycan help.

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