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Excitement starting for the Schooner Festival

The Columbia and the Roseway are already in. Went to the Maritime Gloucester Pier and could see The Columbia, Ardelle and The Schooner Adventure. When driving through Stage Fort Park, saw the Roseway coming into port.

The Roseway

Ardelle, Schooner Adventure and The Columbia


Gloucester Gets a Dusting

We only had a dusting of snow today. That's a good thing, because I haven't gotten my shovel or salt/sand bucket out yet. Mother Nature is telling us to get ready. This is Gloucester Harbor about 1930, but I can't place it's exact location. That's not City Hall in the background.

We only had a dusting of snow today. That’s a good thing, because I haven’t gotten my shovel or salt/sand bucket out yet. Mother Nature is telling us to get ready. This is Gloucester Harbor about 1930, but I can’t place it’s exact location. That’s not City Hall in the background.

Ron Gilson’s An Island No More

Thank you Ron for this treasured gift of An Island No More!!!

An Island No More Ron Gilson ©Kim Smith 2013Yesterday on our front porch my husband found a wonderful surprise package, not long a mystery from where it came with a lovely inscription from the author himself, Ron Gilson.  An Island No More ~ The Gloucester I Knew is a deeply personal and fascinating account of Gloucester’s working waterfront and its people, with hundreds of black and white photographs. I was immediately transported to Gloucester during the Great Depression and haven’t been able to put down the book. An Island No More is available from Amazon or by contacting the author at P.O. Box 557, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Note: The little boy sitting on the dock and looking at the Emily Brown (see the book jacket illustration) is none other than RON at eleven years old, circa 1944.

To read more about Ron Gilson and An Island No More see the following GMG posts:

Ron Gilson of Gloucester lectured Wednesday night at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center about working aboard Gloucester’s Schooner ‘Adventure’ back in 1951.

Ron Gilson Discusses Gloucester Fishing in the 20s, 50s and Today Part I

Ron Gilson Discusses Gloucester Fishing in the 20s, 50s and Today Part II

Ron Gilson Gloucester Fishing History Lesson


Wagging for Schooners From Al Bezanson

Joey…. Here’s a shot from GREEN DRAGON a couple years ago when BLUENOSE II was still around.  Maggie here is savoring the odor of the haddock chowder wafting over from the Canadians’ galley and hoping for a chance to clean their bowls when they come ashore.  What happened was that she missed out on the chowder but did manage to grab the skipper’s hot dog when he was on the dock.  Hence the invasion of the BLUENOSE ll’s crew.  Fortunately we had a good supply of Fishermen’s Brew iced down and were able to calm them.

Maggie was also in attendance at ARDELLE’S launching, and here can be seen interviewing Cooper.  You can see Maggie’s blog here… it’s a long thread but scrolling down through it will acquaint you with some of her pals like Effie on Effie.


Attack from Bluenose IIMaggie and Cooper at Ardelle launch

Homeward Bound ~ Gloucester

Homeward Bound ~ Gloucester, circa 1930 Chester Walen/©Fredrik D. Bodin
This dory fishing schooner is racing to market in Gloucester. She’s wearing her winter rig: Topmasts removed with no upper canvas to improve stability – a requirement in fall, winter, and spring, when gale force winds and mountainous waves in the North Atlantic are typical. The rig, along with distant patches of snow in Stage Fort Park, suggest to me that this is springtime. Her crew is assembled on deck, preparing for docking, and probably quite glad to be home. Off the schooner’s bow is the Fort. The two large buildings were fish processing plants, sitting on what are now empty lots.
Image printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #A9157-420
Hope to see you at our Good Morning Gloucester/Bodin Historic Photo Spring Fling this Saturday. Starts at 6 pm!
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2011 Saturday Morning

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2011 Saturday Morning

Granite Schooner, Lanes Cove

Granite Schooner Flora Condon, Lanes Cove, 1909 John I. Coggeshall/©Bodin Historic Photo
The three masted schooner Flora Condon loading Cape Ann granite in Lanes Cove. Granite blocks were wheeled on a gallymander along a ramp and then lowered with block and tackle into the ship’s hold. The schooner was 123 feet long, and was built in 1872 in Belfast, Maine.  She was lost off Cape Cod in December of 1911. John Ingersoll Coggeshall  (1856 – 1927) was an accomplished sea-landscape painter and photographer, for whom Coggeshall Road in Lanesville is named.

Printed from the original 8×10 inch glass negative in my darkroom.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Schooners are coming!….are here, some are.

Gloucester is getting ready for the 2010 Schooner Festival.

The Schooners Harvey Gamage and The Westward arrived tonight

 at the State Fish Pier.

at rest

With their Dingys hangin' about

For more Info on the 2010 Gloucester, Ma Schooner Festival click the links below



Spirit of Massachusetts

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall: 125 feet
Length of the Waterline: 81 feet
Length on Deck: 100 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck: 100 feet 6 inches
Beam: 24 feet
Gross Tons: 90 tons
Sails: Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman
Sail Area: 7000 Square Feet
Keel: Greenheart
Hull: Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak
Frames: White Oak
Masts: Douglas Fir
Spars: Douglas Fir
Deck: Douglas Fir
Main Engine: 220 h.p. John Deere
Freshwater Capacity: 600 gallons
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 570 gallons
Number of Students: 20
Number of Crew: 8-11

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as “fast and able” vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that  tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987.  Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.


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