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Chickity Check It! Commercial Fishers: Atlantic Cod


I saw some of the Fishing company posters on MonkeyFists site

You ought to check out the Commercial Fishers:Atlantic Cod pictures from Gloucester’s fishing industry in the 1800’s.

Here is but a small portion of their site.  Click this link to see all the rest of the pictures and stories

A Terrible Mortality

Gloucester’s dependence on the North Atlantic meant a close acquaintance with tragedy and death. “The history of the Gloucester fisheries has been written in tears,” wrote an anonymous reporter in 1876.

Between 1866 and 1890, more than 380 schooners and 2,450 Gloucester men never returned from the fishing grounds. In a single storm on August 24, 1873, nine Gloucester vessels and 128 fishermen were lost. In 1865, community members formed the Gloucester Fisherman’s and Seaman’s Widows and Orphan’s Aid Society Fund to help fishermen’s families.

Widows’ Home

This house was built for fishermen’s widows in Gloucester around 1870. It had ten apartments of three rooms each. Rent for each apartment was $3 per month.

“When will the slaughter cease?”

In 1882, Capt. Joseph Collins asked this question in Gloucester’s newspaper, the Cape Ann Weekly Advertiser. Too many fishermen perished at sea, and Collins and others lobbied for new schooner designs featuring deeper, more stable hulls and sail plans that didn’t require a long bowsprit, the spar that projected forward from the bow.

Monkeyfist Gives My Razzo Picture A Painted Treatment

My pal Monkeyfist made this picture that i took of The Razzo up on the blocks at Rose’s Marine a painted look. check out my original picture below to see what the original was and right after that check out CascoBayBoaters– Monkeyfists’ blog.

International Lobstermen Travel to Maine through MLA Lobstermen’s Exchange

From The Island Institute via Monkeyfist at the Casco Bay Boaters Blog

Lobstermen from all over the world will travel to Maine March 4-14 through the Lobstermen’s Exchange organized by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA).

Seven lobstermen from Tasmania, West Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the Caribbean will meet with Maine lobstermen.

It begins with a Mid-coast Regional Meeting March 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Exchange participants will spend 3 days at the forum networking with Maine fishermen. Afterwards, the Lobstermen’s Exchange will hit the road-visiting wharves, local businesses, attending community dinners and hosting talks in Downeast, Midcoast and southern Maine locations. Maine families are graciously providing home-stays and organizing community events for their international lobstermen counterparts.

Maine lobstermen are encouraged to come “talk shop” with their peers from overseas and share ideas on gear, bait-usage and how to weather the recession.

A Downeast regional meeting will be held at the Ellsworth City Hall from 2:00 to 4:00 on March 9 and a Southern regional meeting will be held at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute from 2:00 to 4:00 on March 12. Lobstermen are encouraged to attend.

The Lobstermen’s Exchange will host events in Cutler on March 7-8, Jonesport on March 8, Mount Desert Island area on March 8-9, Stonington on March 9-10, Vinalhaven on March 10-11, Phippsburg on March 11-12, Long Island and Portland on March 12-14. International lobstermen will attend the Boston Seafood Show on March 14.

“During these challenging times, it’s important to share information and hear about what’s working for lobstermen in other regions,” said Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the MLA.

Funding for this project is provided by the Maine Sea Grant, Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Island Institute, Maine Research, Education and Development Fund and in-kind support from Maine’s fishing communities and the MLA.

For more information, call 207.967.4555 or email patrice@mainelobstermen.org. Find more dates and times at www.mainelobsterme.org.

Vintage Gloucester Ad- Sea Tang! Davis Bros Atlantic Ocean Mackerel

Thank you to Monkeyfist who sent a link to this vintage Gloucester ad along.

But now down to business.  SEA TANG? Seriously, they went with SEA TANG?

 I don’t know about you but that sounds dirty to me.

I wonder what the ad execs were thinking about when they thought that one up.  It must have come from the Mad Men at Sterling Cooper. 🙂

Let’s just hope your sea tang doesn’t taste like mackerel. -Just sayin’

Vintage Gloucester Ad Sea Tang! Davis Bros Atlantic Ocean Mackerel, originally uploaded by captjoe06.


Steam Tug Goteborg Hamn Print at Main Street Art and Antiques

I was going to buy this print for my buddy Monkeyfist at CascoBayBoaters and now gCaptain but it came from the office of David Cox’ dad and is not for sale.  Cool print though.


Chickity Check It!- Bowsprite Does The Tugs

My buddy Christina is at it again- her latest sketchbook posting is full of tugs and a nice story about the watches on each one.

I would absolutely love to see her come to Gloucester next summer and do a residency in Rocky Neck.  To see our Gloucester boats get the Christina Sun treatment would be one of the highlights of my year.

Check out her blog by clicking this text- http://bowsprite.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/boat-time/

Thanks Monkeyfist for pointing this out to me on gCaptain

Monkeyfist (seated and facing away) Bowsprite and Tugster Visit Gloucester

What a great visit I had from water bloggers From The North and South over the past few days.

Yesterday we went by Charlie’s Place for a great breakfast in which they all took turns mispronouncing linguica. 🙂

Many of you saw the lovely Bowsprite take her harbor swim in the cold Gloucester harbor water yesterday and know I’m a huge fan of her artwork.

Also along for the big waterblogger meet-up was Monkeyfist and Tugster.  I’ve been reading their blogs for a long while now and what is absolutely insane to me is that I never knew that Monkeyfist is actually a woman.  I had assumed that she was a he.

Tugster and Bowsprite hail from New York’s sixth borough (Tugster’s term for the Waters of New York) and Monkeyfist comes from Maine and does the awesome CascoBayBoaters blog. You can see Tugster’s blog here

They are all fantastic and if you like GMG you should really check out what these birds are doing.