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Captain Tom Ellis starts preparing the Thomas E. Lannon for the winter months, after many glorious sails out of Gloucester this season.
Plus all the information including downloadable 2015 Festival programs check out the Schooner Festival Website-
Info from The Gloucester Schooner Festival website-
For information on reserving space on a schooner during the Festival:
Tickets now available for Festival Raffle. Grand prize is an oil painting by John Caggiano!
Coming next weekend, the 4th through the 6th, the spectacular 31st annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is an event not to be missed. Organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester, click here for a complete list of activities throughout the weekend.
“Polly-Five-Toe the Gull” started visiting the Thomas E. Lannon in 2014, it returned again this year. Capt. Heath has become friends with “Polly-5-Toe” as you can see in the slide show below. Polly-5-Toe loves oyster crackers and sits on the back of the Lannon, or on Capt. Heath’s hand to enjoy her crackers.
The Barque Picton Castle is a three-masted tall ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.
It has completed her sixth circumnavigation around the world in May of this year.
She was in Gloucester harbor for a few days before heading north to Portland, for a Schooner Festival.
During her departure, our own schooner the Thomas E. Lannon, made chase after a 30 minute head start, to wish her a safe voyage.
Below are some photos taken from the Breakwater, Enjoy.
Captain Heath Ellis and Michael O’Leary entertain quests on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon with Celtic Music and a brisk sail ending with a great sunset. A great evening.
Captain Tom Ellis took the Thomas E. Lannon out on a glorious sail beyond the breakwater, Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and Friends played music to the delight of everyone on board, many happy faces enjoying the sunset and a welcoming flock of sea gulls as they escorted the Schooner Lannon back home.
THOMAS E LANNON and SUGAR BABE swoop in for a close encounter with the wedding party on ARDELLE
Al Bezanson photo from SUGAR BABE
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Program: The Building of the Thomas E. Lannon, Presented by: Captain Tom Ellis
Visionary, Captain and now Documentarian Tom Ellis, presents his program, Building the Thomas E. Lannon (See above.)
Using historic footage meticulously captured by award winning videographer Al Viator, shot as The Will to Build, between Oct. 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997, Tom Ellis has crafted his personal story of the creation of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon from dream to design , through the challenges of construction to the triumphant sail into Gloucester Harbor.
Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers
Light refreshments will be served.
For additional information, visit our website: www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org
Office phone # 978-768-7541
Finally Made It After Missing The Cast Off For The 2013 GMG Lannon Ryan and Wood Cuban Cigar Factory Sunset Sail.
Thanks To Jeff Amero from J & L Welding and Machine for the video.
My buddy James Eves from Cape Ann Giclee writes in-
I can’t thank you enough for spearheading the 2013 Rum and Cigar Cruise on the Lannon. I saw the post on GMG about 6 weeks ago and thought that I should buy a ticket. I yelled from my desk to Anna, “Hey, I think I’ll buy a ticket to the Rum and Cigar Cruise”. She agreed. (lucky for me, my wife, partner and muse encourages me to take time to enjoy the benefits of living in heaven). So, I bought a ticket.
I tried to get some work done today, but really spent most of my time in anticipation of the cruise. I stopped pretending to work at about 4:30 and headed down to the dock at five. I was first on line for the 6:00 cruise and watched the unloading of passengers from the previous sail. I met Mimi, An older woman (she told me her age but made me promise not to reveal her secret). She is from Haverhill, but the highlight of her year, every year, is spending a few weeks in Gloucester. We do live in the best place on earth.
Mimi left and I watched the Lannon crew prep the ship for the next cruise.
After a reasonably short wait they started loading the ship. I walked down the ramp and onto the deck. I was there greeted by a young woman from Old Cuban Cigar Company who handed me two fine cigars. I lit my first one immediately. Once we were all aboard the Captain spoke of safety and what to expect on the cruise around Gloucester harbor. He then introduced the Old Cuban Cigar guy who told us just how fine the cigars we were smoking were. He, in turn, introduced us to Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distillery. Bob and his wife proceeded to dole out rum the likes of which few get to enjoy.
With the strong smoke and smooth drink my work life faded to a blurry haze. Then I was able to truly appreciate where I was and see the beauty of Gloucester Harbor.
It was a beautiful night with a strong wind. The crowd on the boat were all GMG FOBs so I felt right at home. I was, however a bit disappointed that Joey C wasn’t there. Then I heard some cheers from the back of the boat and then saw Joey arriving in a small inflatable to starboard. “well”, I thought, “the party now begins”. and so it did.
I must say, how grateful I am to you, Joey, for your enthusiasm and the role model you are for those of us in Gloucester who truly strive to grow our community through our business and our lives. I was quite a treat to watch from the bow as you circled the boat and brought the party to life.
It was indeed a beautiful cruise. It felt timeless.
Once docked there was talk of an after party at Stones. I’d never been. ( I know it odd but I am fairly new to Gloucester.) The party continued there and I could see that the cruise had washed away the hard days work for more that just me.
Wow, What a perfect night, only in Gloucester!!
Honoring David Wonson McLoud With A Photo, Entering of Ashes To Sea Aboard The Thomas E Lannon and a Poem From Our Marty Luster
Emy Saint Amour submits-
I took this with my dad this morning at Good Harbor beach. I love Gloucester, and enjoy your website. If you like this photo feel free to post.
Thanks great~ this is Emy’s grandmother, Mary. Our Wonson/McLoud family members are here on vacation. Tomorrow we are having a memorial service in honor of my brother, David Wonson McLoud. We will be entering his ashes to the sea from the “Thomas E. Lannon.” Captain Ellis and Kay have been great assisting us with our arrangements. A reading of Marty Luster’s poem, “The Gift,” will be part of the day. The poem was first posted last July while we were vacationing here~it told our story. My brothers and I were born in Gloucester. When we were kids, my parents moved to the Annapolis, Maryland area. Always returning to Gloucester for summers and holidays. I discovered “Good Morning Gloucester” a couple of years ago~it has become my good night reading.
Emy is 14 and loves photography. This morning, her father had her up at 5am, sunrise was at 5:34. What a beautiful Gloucester morning!
Thanks for posting.
Hold Fast ~ Mary McLoud Tucker
Below are some of the faces of the crewmembers of the Ardelle and the Lannon Schooners, in the Rainbow Race.