State Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken attend the 700 year old Portuguese celebration
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Father Jim Achadinha, Manuel and Alexandrina Nunes
Manuel and Alexandrina are the 2016 Mordomos for the DES Crowning Celebration.
They are also are sharing their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
The Crowning will be on Trinity Sunday May 22nd, Mass will be held at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church.
Come celebrate a 700 year old Portuguese tradition honoring the Feast of the Holy Spirit.
Part 6 Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Part 5 Readers Respond and vessel list Manny Carrancho treasured photos Fred Buck Cape Ann Museum and Reginald Santos
Fred Buck at the Cape Ann Museum sends a message, photo and printed matter. Thank you so much, Fred!
“Thanks to the Carrancho family for preserving this piece of Gloucester and the memories still out there. I’m attaching a news photo i found on ebay a couple years ago of this same event. Hand-written notes on the back but no attribution for photographer or publication. i’m adding a piece from the June 1948 Atlantic Fisherman Magazine in the museum collection, giving their write-up of the event. Please pass these on to the Carranchos and feel free to add them to any additional posts on Good Morning Gloucester about the occasion. The breadth of history in this little city is a beautiful thing.”
Reginald Santos sent a comparison of statues (1948 vs 1953), plus a photo marked up that may identify his Uncle, Capt. Albino Pereira. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
Newspaper clippings include many names, participants, organizers, and skippers. The vessels in line for the blessing as reported in the Gloucester Daily Times were as follows:
Capt Domingos, Capt Carrancho*, Capt David Lopes Maranhas, Capt John Oscar Ribeiro* of the dragger Puritan (*best man at Joanna and Manny’s wedding)
Capt Manuel Silva, Capt Frank Brown of the dragger Emily
Capt Frank Brown of the dragger Emily Brown
Capt John Francis of the dragger Carol Anne
Captain Edward Silva of the dragger Magellan
Captain Capt Manuel P. Goulart, Capt Manuel Carise of the dragger Evalina M Goulart
Capt Hawk, Capt Frank Rose formerly of the dragger Edith and Lillian
Capt Joseph DaCruz of the dragger Alvan T Fuller
Capt Albino Pereira of the dragger Portugal
Capt John Fragata of the dragger Olivia Brown,
Capt Chris Cecilio* of the dragger Mary and Josephine
Capt Manuel Carrancho of the dragger Raymonde
Capt Fernando Pereira of the dragger Manuel P. Domingos
Capt Manuel Marques of the dragger Gov Al Smith
Capt David Ribeiro of the dragger Edith L Boudreau
*Chris Cecilio= Joanna’s uncle (her father’s brother). Her father, Joseph, died in 1939.
*Carrancho listed on the Puritan could be Manny’s brother or father
*still checking on which John Carrancho led the committee
Part 4 Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Scenes from the banquet at The Tavern Hotel
Part 3 Manny Carrancho Shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Our Lady of Good Voyage Madonna cedar-wood statue was created by two artists from Porto, Portugal, and was commissioned by Portuguese-American fishermen of Gloucester for the Our Lady of Good Voyage church. Silva Franca made the Madonna and Ourivesaria Alianca made the crown and vessel. It was brilliantly welcomed to Gloucester in 1948.
Here’s the timeline thanks to Sawyer Free and Gloucester Daily Times
On Sunday May 23, 1948
350 Portuguese-American fishing skippers and fishermen, their wives and children and friends took part in the third crowning and readied for the upcoming fourth annual blessing of the fleet. “A most colorful procession in the annual coronation ceremonies of the DES club in the Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage when Rev. Stephen E. DeMoura, the pastor, honored 22 with the impressive mass of coronation including the imperator, Capt. John Lopes of Sadler Street.”
Thursday May 27, 1948
Cutting it close: the Gloucester Daily Times reported that the Portuguese ship Gil Eannes was expected at Fish Pier but didn’t arrive. The 279 foot, 1048 net tons, fishing fleet hospital vessel, str. Gil-Eannes, “bound here from Lisbon, Portugal, with the estimated 600 pound cedar-wood life size statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage was due in port by 9 o’clock this morning, but up to noon today had not been sighted off Eastern Point Light.”
It was here, just not at the pier. Take note: there’s a Ten Pound Island detail–Pancake Ground, and homeland security.
“It was believed that she was fog bound off the coast and was jogging awaiting clearing before chancing the remaining voyage into port. She will anchor on the Pancake Ground near Ten Pound Island until tomorrow afternoon when she is due to dock at the State Fish pier.” She was escorted off Whistling Buoy by the redfish dragger Carol Ann, Capt. Francis, and brought to anchor on the Pancake Ground for a “three hour inspection to clear her for official entry.” Harbormaster Captain Fred Wise used his own craft. Mayor Friend gave a short speech. Seventy one officers, crew, and ‘relief fishermen’ were on board the Gil Eannes as it made the 11 day crossing.
What an arrival: the fog was so thick no one ashore could catch any glimpse of her! The Princess of Portugal, her Royal Highness Antonia de Braganza, was expected to arrive for the festivities and was booked at the Tavern, as were the ambassadors. Thousands came to town including bus groups from New Bedford, New Jersey, and other states. There were 26 Gloucester fishing boats and the USS Perry destroyer for the blessing of the fleet.
Memorial Day Weekend – Friday May 28, 1948-Sunday May 30, 1948
A thrilling 3-day observance festival began with Bishop John Wright leading a mass and procession Friday morning to the pier, and closed on Sunday with Archbishop Richard Cushing. Reverend DeMoura had a zealous committee. Twelve brawny crew from the Gil Eannes (matching shirts) six at a time alternated carrying the statue to the church. Crowds lined the streets and these guests were stunned at the sheer size of such a welcome. Three thousand people watched the procession and it’s estimated 10,000 were there for the Sunday climax.
Over the 3 days, there were special programs along with Memorial Day ceremonies: a carillon concert from the towers Friday night, a plaza-like square was decorated with colored electric lights in front of the church, banquets (at the Tavern), band concerts, and folk dancing*. Later in the weekend, two men each from 25 different Gloucester draggers were chosen for the honor of bearing the statue on their shoulders to and fro the pier.Poor weather postponed the final day ceremonies. Ambassador Pereiro left with the Gil Eannes to travel to the Grand Banks and visit with the estimated 3000 fellow countrymen, fishing there in some 60 salt cod Portuguese boats at the time.
“Of course, while aboard ship (in Gloucester), a bevy of news photographers and movie newsreel gentry took a raft of film of the statue, of the two bishops and monsignor and priests meeting one another…”
I would like to see a newsreel. Newspapers carried it across the country thanks to the Associated Press pictures. By 1953 National Geographic was in town for a feature story in color. (You can read that article)
More photographs tomorrow.
(*Rose Sheehan did you know?)
Part 2 MANNY CARRANCHO SHARES TREASURED PHOTOS MADONNA STATUE CARRIED FROM THE GIL EANNES AT STATE PIER TO OUR LADY
A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny and Joanna Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight. Part 2 photographs continue with a town procession from the state pier to the church.
More photographs tomorrow
Gloucester Motif Monday: Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Our Lady Statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
In honor of the annual Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit which begins tonight, today’s Gloucester Motif Monday is a legacy one.
Good Morning Gloucester is an indisputable platform for outreach and community. A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight.
This week I’ll feature photographs from a souvenir picture album in Manny’s collection as they feature Our Lady of Good Voyage and one of the Madonna statues. The photographs are from a booklet: Coronation Our Lady Of Good Voyage, produced with cooperation of the Portuguese Daily News and photography by Hollywood Studio, New Bedford, MA. You will see the Our Lady statue on the vessel Gil Eannes with Bishop Don Manuel Salguiero. Its special arrival is met by a town procession led by Arch Bishop Wright and dignitaries at the State Pier. Twelve fishermen were selected to greet them. Let us know if you recognize family in the photographs. Were you there?
news edit: Brenda Mason Budrow writes that the little girl in one photo is Mary Jean (Ribeiro) Mason, her mom. Thanks, Brenda!
Tonight: the Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit begins May 9th 2016 in Our Lady’s Church.
More photos to come.
Part 2 photos of the greeting on the vessel and carrying the 600lb statue
Inspired by Nelson’s fairly recent coat of blue, downtown Gloucester caught between the blues and the deep blue sea
This cross walk is approximately 100′ long at McKenney Square (Prospect and Taylor St). Is it the longest in Gloucester?
The procession started at the DES Portuguese Club to Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira (The 2015 Mordomo), and back to the church where Father “Jim” Achadinha , joined the procession up Portuguese Hill. The neighbor pronominally Portuguese, they appreciated Father “Jim’s” participation in the procession waving and coming out to greet the procession of the Holy Ghost. The rain held off until everyone reached Our Lady of Good Voyage, the rain stopped briefly after the Holy Mass, and the procession headed towards the DES club to celebrate the Holy Ghost’s Traditional “Sopas” (Portuguese soup).
Below is a slide show of the Procession and the many who participated. Two colors are used in conjunction with the feast: RED and WHITE. Red symbolizes the tongues of fire, the form in which the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, and white symbolizes peace, purity and divinity.
Father Jim Achadinha with Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira the 2015 Emperor.
Father Jim Achadinha gave mass in Portuguese at the D.E.S. Portuguese Club.
Other scheduled events celebrating the Feast of the Holy Spirit,
Friday May 29, Father “Jim” will be leading in the singing of the Rosary in Portuguese; all are invited at 6:30 at the Portuguese Club on Prospect Street.
May 31st Mass will be held on Trinity Sunday at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, the Crowing procession will depart the Portuguese Club at 10:00.
Come celebrate a 700 year old Portuguese tradition honoring the Feast of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Good Voyage Holy Name Society celebrates Pentecost Sunday with The Crowning. Mr. and Mrs. Mario Fernandes is the 2015m Imperator.
This week they celebrated with Prayer and Rosary, with Father Jim Achadinha. Many volunteers also prepared loaves of Portuguese Sweet Bread (Folar).
Sunday May 24th, 9:30 AM Members and family will meet at the Holy Name Society Hall and escort the Imperator to the Church for a mass at 10:00 AM.
The Crowning Ceremony will follow the mass, at Our Lady of Good Voyage.
Share with the Portuguese Community a Celebration of Faith, Family and Friends this Sunday and also Trinity Sunday.
The D.E.S. Portuguese Club invites you to pray and celebrate the Crowning during the week of (May 25 – 31).
The Crowning is scheduled on Trinity Sunday May 31st 2015.
Procession leaves the D.E.S. Club at 10 AM
Mass is at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage
The Traditional “Sopas do Espírito Santo” will be at 1:00 PM at the DES Club.
Tickets are ($10.00) and are available during Rosary week at the DES or call (978)-283-9737
Bing McGilvray shares from the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery website:
“The son of middle-class Philadelphia parents who valued education and the arts, Allan Randall Freelon, Sr. (1895-1960) became the first African American artist to receive a four-year scholarship in 1912 to attend the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Freelon served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I before joining the faculty of the Philadelphia Board of Education in 1919 as an instructor. He was appointed Art Supervisor for elementary and then secondary education, a position he held until his retirement. While working in the Philadelphia education system, Freelon continued to pursue a career as an artist in his own right. In 1921, he had his first solo exhibition, at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library and that same year, he became the first African American member of the Philadelphia Print Club.
During a two-year course of study at the Barnes Foundation (1927-1929), he became well versed in the paintings of Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and French Impressionism. He studied with Emile Gruppe and Hughe Breckenridge and worked with two of the best Philadelphia printmakers Dox Thrash and Earl Horter. His work caught the attention of the Harmon Foundation and was included in the famous 1929 traveling exhibition of works by black artists.
In the late 1920s, he began to summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a seaside New England artistic community where he completed luminous landscapes that echoed his impressionistic tendencies.
In 1935, Freelon participated in the NAACP organized exhibition, Art Commentary on Lynching. His piece, Barbecue – American Style, depicted a crowd watching a black man being burned to death. Such a graphic depiction of violence was a departure for Freelon who was labeled a “traditionalist” by Alain Locke.
Throughout his life, Freelon enjoyed a stable career as a regional painter but in recent years, with the support of a traveling exhibition organized by North Carolina Central University Art Museum, his work has attracted a more national audience.”
Artist Justin Desilva has completed several more crosswalks: Our Lady of Good Voyage, Lobsters, Howard Blackburn, and St. Peter’s Square. He’s had several requests for a postcard or some take away about his temporary project. If you see him, ask for a bookmark. Some of the murals are at different stages in their installation process; you will see him going back and forth to different sites. As this project is temporary, Justin will remove his work at the conclusion of his exhibit.
There is a Google map http://goo.gl/maps/mc696 with updated locations and photographs.
Gloucester Counts Down to Kindergarten streamed across the Sawyer crosswalk. Congratulations GPS, Sawyer Free, CAM, Art Haven and YMCA in partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum for planning what looked like a stellar, joyous event.
Question: Does anyone know how to persuade the seagulls to forego their perch atop the light above the crosswalk by City Hall and Sawyer?!
Father “Jim” accompanies the Bishop on the Yankee Freedom in the Blessing of the fleet, seen here as they pass the Lady of Good Voyage Church.
As Published in National Geographic July 1953
“Devout Portuguese fishermen of New England’s old port of Gloucester Massachusetts, who daily face the dangers of deep water, well know the truth of that old proverb. These men who wrest a hard living from the sea rely on Our Lady of Good Voyage, as well as chart and compass. And once a year, in early June, the vessels of Gloucester’s Portuguese fleet gather at the State Fish Pier to be blessed.”
Below are photos from the same; showing the Blessing of the fleet in 1953.
Times have changed.
Magazine bought at Dogtown Bookstore
State Senator Bruce Tarr honors the Portuguese Tradition
Antonino Pereira the 2014 DES Emperor march through the Portuguese Community and attend a hugh mass with Ftaher “Jim”
Captain Mesquita’s grand-daughter and great grand-daughter continue in the tradition. Mesquita commissioned the silver crown to be made in Portugal and blessed by Pope Leo XIII, which he presented to the church, Our Lady of Good Voyage.