1977 at the Gloucester House

Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
January 2020
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Cruise News
Crews News
Postcards From Away

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         2020 looks to be a bang-up year for the American Eagle. Well, maybe a better term would be "terrific", the watch word of long-time cook Andy Jackson. 
         Shary's been busy with guests on the phone, fixing our newsletters, and taking good care of all of us, her dog included, at the North End Shipyard. 
        The colder it gets the longer the newsletters become.

 Cruise News

Two longer adventures this season:
         An eight-night trip to Portland, Maine, and back to participate in the Tall Ship parade celebrating the State's bicentennial. Two nights dockside in the Old Port around a full day touring the historic waterfront. Visit some new islands and harbors along the way.   July 13-21. Two cabins left.

       A nine-night cruise to Cape Ann, Massachusetts, for the 36th annual race for the Esperanto Cup and festivities. We have factored in time coming and going for some epic sailing, whale watching, island exploration, and a bunch of lighthouses you won't see from shore. This is an absolutely unique adventure. September 2-11. Your choice of cabins now.

White Island off Star Island by Nola Logan
courtesy of Nola Logan
White Island, Isles of Shoals

courtesy of Ralph Smith
                               Early sunrise on one of our longer trips

Looking for an even longer cruise? How about this one, 
and less than $ 100.00/day if you go for the entire voyage.
 I'm busy, you go.

And by way of background, Capt. Moreland of the Picton Castle is the one on the right in this picture from the 1987 Gloucester schooner race. I'm the one jawing  with him and ignoring the Mayor.

Crews News

 Small boats are painted, deck boxes done, some carpentry work below, cabin soles have been varnished, new shower being put in, safety gear overhauled; all getting ready for the coming season.

 We're lucky to have crew and guests returning for a summer of memorable sailing, scenery, friends, shipmates, and no shortage of epic cuisine.. and lobsters!

courtesy of Arlene Taliadoros

Staying ahead of the schooner Ernestina

                      We'll see her in Boothbay Harbor this June where she is 
                in  th e last  stage of a complete and thorough rebuild.


courtesy of Tracy Sheppard

  Postcards From Away

Former deckhand Ben Maines is teaching English in Sri Lanka and evidently has time to sketch, too!

       .......and back here in Rockland soon after the Yacht Club was established in 1927. The loaded schooner barges in the harbor are either part of a tow bringing coal up from the Virginia Capes or perhaps carrying Rockland-Rockport lime for plaster. (During prohibition that was the only legal way to get plastered.) 
       The seaplane is perhaps a Curtiss Twin JN, a smaller cousin of the Curtiss NC-4 which made the first transatlantic flight in May, 1919. 
       At the end of the Great Schooner Race this July 3rd the windjammer fleet will all tie up at this spot, now the public landing. A concert and fireworks are planned for that evening.

not  a gun in sight

We're being chased by the Taber!

Happy New Year!

  John and the crew

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