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A new schooner was added to Gloucester’s growing fleet. The schooner was launched today at 11am from the Rocky Neck Marine Railways. Strombus, built by Geoff Deckebach, with help from his wife Mandy, was twelve years in the making. They began gutting and restoring the boat all those many years ago when work and raising a family slowed progress. About a year ago, Geoff decided to turn his full attention to the restoration. The schooner is simply beautiful. More work will continue on the interior and it will be ready enough to motor along in this year’s upcoming Schooner Festival. 

Friends, family, and well-wishers stopped by for the Schooner Stombus launching. The official launch party is Sunday. 

Congratulations Geoff and Mandy!!!

The Sea Lion V

There is never disappointment as you walk through Rocky Neck’s Marine Railway. Here is some information about the Sea Lion V which is docked there right now.
September 10, 2013 Sea Lion V

Vessel’s Details
Ship Type: Special Craft
Length x Breadth: 36 m X 11 m
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 18.4 / 8.3 knots
Flag: USA [US]
Call Sign:
IMO: 0, MMSI: 367340530

Last Position Received
Area: Atlantic North
Latitude / Longitude: 42.6083° / -70.6547° (Map)
Speed/Course 0 knots / 0˚
Info Received: 14d 8h 41min ago (AIS Source: 888)
Not Currently in Range
Itineraries History

Voyage Related Info (Last Received)
ETA: 2013-08-19 10:22
Info Received: 2013-08-27 12:46 (14d, 8h 50min ago)

Rocky Neck Marine Railway

As we were walking at the Rocky Neck Marine Railway took some photos and decided to do a little research on the railway.

In 1855, Dodd & Tarr Fisheries was started on the tip of Rocky Neck in Gloucester Harbor. As the fisheries business grew to encompass a wharf, a grocery store, warehouses and 15 schooners, the need arose for a way to repair and maintain the fishing vessels. In 1859, the company constructed the first of two marine railways on the northern-most tip of their property on Rocky Neck. From then until about 1970, the Railways used a steam engine to haul up the vessels. One note of interest is that the gears used in the steam engine were produced at the same factory that built the engine for the Civil War battleship, the Monitor.  In 1874, the Tarr bothers of Gloucester took over the firm of Dodd & Tarr and by 1879 the company was listed as “Rocky Neck Marine Railways Association”. The name “Dodd & Tarr & Co.” was reserved for the fishing business only. By 1892, the railway was maintaining 20 first class vessels. In 1907 Capt. Frederick Albert Cook reportedly brought his schooner to the Railways to be sheathed for ice and outfitted for an Arctic expedition. In the 1920s and 30s, schooners participating in the International Fishermen’s Races were hauled out at the Railways for painting and last minute repairs. In the late 1980s the Mayflower II came for repair. Recently the privately owned 128 foot Nantucket Lightship was hauled up in dry dock as she received fresh paint and maintenance.  Since 1859 the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, now known as the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp., has maintained and repaired thousands of fishing, commercial and pleasure boats from the wooden schooners of the last century to the present day steel and fiberglass vessels. A modern Travelift has recently augmented the original railways as GMRC keeps moving ahead, from one century to the next, distinguished as the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the country and a well-respected member of the marine industry in the Northeast.

March 23, 2013 Outward bound