In checking the Schooner Festival schedule for friends who are visiting during that time, I realized the event will be here very soon. Sponsored by Maritime Gloucester, tickets aboard Gloucester’s gorgeous hometown schooners for the Parade of Sails can be purchased by clicking these links: Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Schooners Ardelle and Roseway. Click here for special viewing opportunities at the Beauport Sleeper McCann Museum.
Al Bezanson provided the names of the schooners, in order of appearance:
Thomas E Lannon
Lewis H Story
Originally posted on Good Morning Gloucester
Captain Tom Ellis, skipper of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, hanging the ensign and drying out the sails after a rainstorm.
Captain Tom explains that in days gone by this would be a common sight in Gloucester Harbor, to see crews opening their sails to dry. Although it’s not necessary today because sails are constructed of synthetic fiber rather than cotton, on the Lannon, they dry their sails so that when the schooner departs with guests on board, the passengers don’t get doused when the sails are unfurled.
In his spare time, Captain Elllis hand carves beautiful whirlygigs.
To learn more about the gorgeous Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and to book a charter or public sail visit their website at Schooner Sails.
Two bottles of Special Spirits are attached to buoys at the midway point of the race.