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From the collections of the CAPE ANN MUSEUM, Gloucester, Massachusetts
“Start of the first race of the International Race showing ‘Elsie’ in the lead with Bluenose in the rear” 1921 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Thanks to Fred Buck for locating this photograph and sharing it with the Gloucester Schooner Festival committee.
From A Race for Real Sailors The first ELSIE – BLUENOSE RACE.
_________ The two fairly flew across the water, all sails filled in the stiff quartering breeze and hulls rolling heavily in the deep chop. “The end of Bluenose’s 80-ft. boom was now in the water, now halfway up to the masthead as she gained on her rival. The Elsie rolled still harder and three times brought her main boom across the Bluenose’s deck, between the fore and main rigging.” It was a constant battle for the weather berth, with members of both crews either handling lines or working aloft or hugging the windward rails. Anyone daring to raise his head above the weather rail on Bluenose caught the caught the edge of Walter’s caustic tongue. __________
A Race for Real Sailors is in stock at the Cape Ann Museum.
The stirring and poignant tale is illustrated with 51 historical photographs and five maps, and rounded out by a glossary of sailing terms and an appendix of the ever-changing race rules. This is a story that will keep even confirmed landlubbers pegged to their seats, a tale of iron men and wooden ships whose time will never come again.
Al Bezanson submits-
Privateer LYNX at Maritime Gloucester. Bound for the Great Lakes via Lunenburg and Canso, NS.
Al Bezanson submits-
From the collections of the CAPE ANN MUSEUM, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Elsie’s crew, 1921 International Fishermen’s Races (photo: Cox Bros., Halifax, Nova Scotia) Capt. Marty Welch.
Fred Buck has pitched in to help the Schooner Festival committee recruit entries and increase public awareness of the original International Fishermen’s Races. This is one of several photographs of ELSIE the Cape Ann Museum is sharing for our use.
From A Race for Real Sailors The first ELSIE – BLUENOSE race.
______ The combination of wind and too much sail proved to be more than the ELSIE could bear. First to go was her jib topsail halyard. As a crewman scampered out onto her bowsprit to re-reeve the halyard, the bow plunged deeply into the sea, burying the bowsprit to the third hank of her jib. Moments later, the foremast snapped off at the cap and both jib topsail and staysail came down in a mess of wire stays and rigging. Without missing a beat, the crew set about clearing up the wreckage. The mate and a couple of fishermen headed out on the bowsprit to cut away the jib topsail that was now dragging under the forefoot. “Down into the jumping sea went the bowsprit and the three sailors were plunged under five feet of water. They cut away the sail and brought it in with the crew behind them hauling it inboard through the green-white smother.” Those aloft worked frantically to secure the topmast, assorted wires, blocks and halyards.
Within six minutes the ELSIE, under forcefully shortened sail, appeared to be making better time than before. Angus Walters reacted in the spirit of sportsmanship by immediately dousing his own jib topsail and clewing up his main topsail. _______
THE SCHOONER CHALLENGE out of Gloucester Harbor on Monday, June 17th LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE CALL NOW!
Join the crews for this once-in-a-lifetime event!
THE SCHOONER CHALLENGE out of Gloucester Harbor on Monday, June 17th 6pm-8pm.
The three Essex-built schooners are, Thomas E. Lannon, Ardelle and Fame.
This fun-filled Challenge will benefit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s 86 year-old
Schooner Evelina M. Goulart. This would make an ideal club, association or family team event!
For more information, and to buy tickets now, please visit our Museum’s secure web site:
Don’t Delay–Limited tickets are available so sign-on NOW.
The Ardelle was pulled up on the railways Saturday at noon,it took
about an hour to complete the job.
All the best Anthony
Al Bezanson Submits-
The PBS show This Old House will be featuring Harold Burnham and a sail on Ardelle at 6 PM tonight, Friday, March 8th. Here’s a preview
This is terrible.
This Captain made horrible horrible decisions.
By Aaron Applegate
© February 13, 2013
The wooden tall ship Bounty set sail toward Hurricane Sandy with an unknown amount of rot in its frame despite warnings from a shipwright that had recently worked on the boat, according to testimony heard Wednesday.
Todd Kosakowski, a project manager at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, said the rot was found when replacing two interior planks the Bounty crew targeted for repair.
He testified on the second day of a Coast Guard hearing in Portsmouth into the Oct. 29 sinking of the Bounty during the hurricane, about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. The Bounty’s captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found. Another crew member died.
Kosakowski said that while the ship was in the yard in September and October, he informed Walbridge about the framing damage. Walbridge, he said, decided he would have it fixed the next time the Bounty was hauled out.
"I told him I was more than worried about what we found and voiced my concerns a couple of different times," he said.
For the entire article click here
You may remember we followed this story as it unfolded last October-
The HMS Bounty which was the feature ship in Gloucester’s Schooner Festival Last Summer was taking on water out at sea and it’s 17 person crew just abandoned ship.
Uhmmm does this not beg the question-
“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING OUT TO SEA ON THIS BOAT WHEN THEY’VE BEEN FORCASTING THIS STORM FOR OVER A WEEK?”
Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!
You Gotta Read This From A Former Crewmember Of The Bounty Written Just Days After The HMS Bounty Went Down
Roseway, Highlander and the Schooner Adventure at the Gloucester Marine Railways Now- Photos Kathy Chapman
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012
Ardelle Update From Len Burgess and Mike Dyer Also Harold Burnham’s podcast interview by Josephine Reed for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards
The stalwart crew of the Pinky Schooner Ardelle arrive in Washington, D.C. to deliver Captain Harold H. Burnham to the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards. Mike Dyer just sent up pictures and stories which are in the new album in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Facebook.
Thank you, Mike! Mike tells me that there will be stories when they return. Stay tuned for updates!
Listen to Harold Burnham’s podcast interview by Josephine Reed for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards. -LB
Ardelle In Washington Photos From Richard P. Blatchford and Live Broadcast of The 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
A cousin in Maine frequently forwards me pieces from Good Morning Gloucester. She sent the one on Capt. Harold Burnham’s voyage to Washington. I went to see Harold and the Ardelle this morning in Washington. Penny (the cousin) said you might be interested in the pictures I took.
Why is a person from Maryland interested in Gloucester and the Ardelle? Well, I was born in Lynn. My dad was Gloucester born and bred. He was James W. and had brothers who lived lifelong in Gloucester. They were Roger (Gloucester police) and Howard (Gloucester postal service). As a boy, I spent many summers in Essex at another uncle’s egg farm. As a result, Essex marinas & boat yards and Gloucester have always been an interest.
If you like the pics, feel free to use them. Just give credit to Richard P. Blatchford as the photographer. :-) That would be me.
I’ve been following all of your coverage of Harold Burnham’s trip to DC and I wanted to make sure you and your readers know that the National Endowment for the Arts will be webcasting live the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. It will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. To watch, all you have to do is go to www.arts.gov. During the concert, Mr. Burnham will be interviewed about his work by Nick Spitzer, the host of public radio’s American Routes.
Here is a link to more info: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/2012-NEA-Heritage-Fellows-Concert.html.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Room 525 | Washington, DC 20506
I thought I’d pass along a few pictures my wife (Janice Rathjen) took this afternoon of the schooner Ardelle arriving in Washington DC. We were out for an afternoon sail, and met up with the Ardelle as it was coming up the Potomac River. The picture below shows her approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (aka the Capital Beltway) from the south, with the Washington Monument visible under the bridge.
Cheers, from a former Gloucester resident.
Ardelle escorted by the Chesapeake oyster Skipjack Minnie V.
Ardelle and Minnie V.
Joey — Enroute to DC the intrepid crew of Ardelle D&B’d (docked and breakfasted) in Solomons, MD courtesy of Aram Neresian, owner of the schooner Heron. Aram is a generous, affable, funny, entertaining, smart fellow and a fine cook to boot. A credit to the schoonerhead class, as you like to call us. Many a schooner has been the recipient of his hospitality and there was no way Ardelle could pass by without a stopover.
I am sure Aram did his best to persuade Harold to join the upcoming Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.
Photo by Aram Neresian
The Ardelle is on its way again. Harold figures he’s lost a day but presses on up the Delaware river towards the cannel that leads into the Chesapeake Bay.