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Amistad From Mary Barker

Hi Joey

The Amistad’s captain, Greg Bailey, was gracious enough to allow me onboard to take some photos.

2 of his crew, Whitney and Scott, were kind to give me a tour and some education.  The Amistad is such a

gorgeous historical boat, in such a wonderfully historic port.  She is absolutely a must see while she is visiting.

The Amistad is docked on the Harbor Loop at the Maritime Center, near the Ardelle.  Here are a few photos.

Mary Barker

Amistad Capt. Greg and USCG Michael Bergmann

Captain Greg Bailey with Michael Bergmann USCG

Amistad from stern

Amistad from the stern

Amistad stern from midship

Amistad stern from midship

Amistad midshp

Amistad midship looking aft

Amistad bow with crew Whitney

Amistad bow from midship with crew member Whitney

Below deck on the Amistad-

Amistad berthsAmistad crew Scot in Mav CenterAmistad foc'sleAmistad storage

Stepping the masts and completing the rigging on the Chebacco Pinky Schooner "Lewis H. Story"

Essex Shipbuilding Museum–temperature 94˚degrees and strictly manpower all day Saturday getting the Museum’s Chebacco Pinky Schooner "Lewis H. Story" ready for the trip and the celebration at Mount Desert Is., Maine.   Photo by Len Burgess


ELSIE and BLUENOSE, Start of the First Race

from verso:  "Start of the first race of the Internatonal Race, showing 'Elsie' in the lead with Bluenose in rear."  1921, Halifax Nova Scotia

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

ELSIE crew, 1921

Al Bezanson submits-

from verso:  "Elsie's crew, 1921 International Fishermen's Races."  photo: Cox Bros., Halifax N.S.
Gardner Lamson Collection

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.  _______                               

Al Bezanson


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.

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Putting Ardelle On The Railways photos by Anthony Marks

Hi Joey
The Ardelle was pulled up on the railways Saturday at noon,it took
about an hour to complete the job.
All the best Anthony

Testimony: Worker saw rot during Bounty’s repair

This is terrible.

This Captain made horrible horrible decisions.

By Aaron Applegate
The Virginian-Pilot
© 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-

17 Abandon HMS Bounty off N.C. coast

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Joey C

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-


Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!

17 abandon stricken ship off N.C. coast

Chickity Check It Video- Hurricane Sandy Rescue: HMS Bounty Survivors Interview

Bounty Captain and Crew Remembered

HMS Bounty Sinking Timeline

You Gotta Read This From A Former Crewmember Of The Bounty Written Just Days After The HMS Bounty Went Down

Video- HMS Bounty Final Voyage From Gloucester MA

HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty Photo In Gloucester For 2012 Schooner Festival From Tucker Destino

Video – Coast Guard Rescues 14, Searches for 2 from HMS Bounty

Say a Prayer for the Crew of the Bounty

Painting the Bounty

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Manuel Simoes

The 2012 HMS Bounty Docks in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Posted on September 1, 2012 by Paul F. Frontiero Jr.

The Schooner Thomas Lannon Salutes The Bounty 8/31/2012 Gloucester, Ma

Posted on September 1, 2012 by Paul F. Frontiero Jr.

The Bounty Arrives in Gloucester Harbor

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Paul F. Frontiero Jr.

Gloucester Welcomes HMS BOUNTY

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Marty Luster

Tall Ship Bounty Needs Crew For Trip From Boothbay To Puerto Rico

Posted on November 26, 2010 by Joey C

My Incredible Adventure- The Bounty

Posted on July 12, 2009 by Sharon

Ardelle Update From Len Burgess and Mike Dyer Also Harold Burnham’s podcast interview by Josephine Reed for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards


Ardelle’s Arrival in Washington, D.C.

Len writes-

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


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