ready to splash, so the sun came out

Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
April 2020
In This Issue
Cruise News
Postcards From Away
Back to the present

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       With the latest advisories from the CDC and our Governor, we are looking at a shorter season this year. Hopes are that we will be underway by July first. If you have reserved for a trip this summer keep in mind you can rebook, refund, or rain check as your circumstances allow.  Bear with us; we all could use a sunny sail this summer.

     And here's a questionable sign of spring this morning: a turkey laid an egg on our front walk.

Crews News

          This has got to be the coldest and wettest April in recent memory; most noticeable  when the winter cover is put away prior to our annual haulout at the shipyard. Nonetheless we  hauled her out on our railway, washed her off, sanded topsides as far up as we could reach  from staging, replaced a couple of planks on the starboard bow, and painted and fussed over  the schooner between snow and rain.

courtesy of Michael F Rogers 
Wilson and the drill; helping Mike Rogers fasten the shutter plank

another gray day on the railway

We dropped our face coverings long enough to capture the team before relaunch, bundled up in cold weather. (Kathy made up the masks for all of us as well as for family, friends, neighbors, and some of the local supermarket crew).

courtesy of Hans Viertaler, with my camera

left to right: Chris, Sarah, Anne, Asher, Wilson, and me

After a week out of the water, back she went and on went spring outfitting without a hitch.

Practicing social distancing complete with gloves, sandpaper, face mask respirators, ear muffs. Ninety two feet, five crew at work.

courtesy of Jon Johanson
And the newly varnished bowsprit caught a photographer's eye this month

American Eagle anchored at Cape Split, Maine

 Cruise News

Some favorite pictures from past seasons

courtesy of Sean Sheppard
Sailing through the islands off Deer Isle

A beam reach for fifty miles

Hors d'oeuvres at anchor

Pies from the galley

Racing in Gloucester

Head Harbour Light, Campobello

Wave from the pulpit  
Posing out on the bowsprit

courtesy  of Bob Viera
and 2019 crew aquatics


Postcards From Away

from our most constant contributor

We are hoping for some old postcards;  exotic stamps and foreign postmarks not required. Will accept electronic versions.


courtesy of Sarah Collins

Cementing the galley bilge. You can see trowels down there.
 There's always something to do on board.
Be well and stay safe!

  John and the crew

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