trying to catch the Lewis R French

Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
November  2019
In This Issue
Holiday Shopping
Cruise News
Crews News
Postcards From Away

Jayne Phair photo
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I realize that these newsletters are supposed to be nearly timeless; however the Maine Windjammer Association has set up this coming Wednesday as Windjammer Wednesday December 4th. This first time ever (never to be duplicated) holiday promotion offers a ten percent discount on cruises booked and paid in full that day. Shary says she will honor phone messages left that day and call you back later if you leave a message at some ungodly hour. Do all your holiday shopping in one big bite.

Here's a link to our 2020 schedule just in case......

The lobsters fear our arrival. Lifeboat practice/picnic adventure

courtesy of Sarah Collins
The fancy boats gracefully comes alongside 
at evening

 Cruise News

The guests bring instruments and entertain us all as we try to keep up with them


Deckhands can do almost anything, such as 
helping  with  another  calorie-free dessert.

courtesy of Nancy Fleming

Or go sailing in Cappy in Passamaquoddy Bay

Crews News

  It's not always sunny in Penobscot Bay and for those of you who remember the sound of sailing with us in fog the old foghorn sparks memories.

This is the L. D. Lothrop shop on Duncan Street in Gloucester. Llewellyn  Day Lothrop was born in Appleton, Maine in 1836 and set up a ship chandlery for fishing gear in Gloucester in 1880. By 1901 he had  patented the foghorn used on almost every fishing schooner and  some yachts. You can decide which category of vessel the American Eagle fits in. I'd guess both.

Here's our collection of foghorns

 Lothrop #3, likely for a yacht as it is varnished.

 Next is the one we use; it came off the schooner Effort which was the Monhegan mailboat form 1888 to 1907.

 The red foghorn is a #2 and needs the handle braised up

 and the last of the bunch is a basket case and probably very old, relatively.   You may be able to make out how it works; pumping the handle on the far side moves the bellows up and down, feeding the larger bellows underneath supported by coil springs. The air gets to the horn through a tin tube. Winter may not be long enough to fix this one.

  Postcards From Away

The Homer W. Dixon sailing the west coast of New England (Lake Champlain) in the 1980's.  The yawlboat was built here, the hull in New Hampshire, finished in Burlington, Vermont. Her first owners were friends of ours from the local schooner fleet. She now sails in Lake Michigan.

And if you haven't finished your shopping yet; you could buy me one of these

1936 Squire, one of seven long chassis models built 
and sadly neither for sale nor affordable

courtesy of Ralph Smith
Reseeding the lobster beds after an island picnic.

And a correction from the October issue; some of our shipmates have
been sailing with us since 1977 on the French. You can never have too
much of a good thing!

Happy Holidays!

  John and the crew

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