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We should probably compare this 1970's picture of the American Eagle hauled out in Gloucester after a winter of fishing to what she now looks like when we give her a trim and a shave every April. Either way she's been supporting her owners for 87 years.
The tug Cadet got a little extra attention after she broke loose and tried to pulverize some of the boulders in the foreground in this picture. Here she is, ready to go back in the water after three weeks of repair this month.
Every season we schedule some long-legged trips beyond the midcoast of Maine. Although home waters are hard to beat for scenery and quiet harbors, the American Eagle is capable of going a bit further than most windjammers. There are three on the list for 2018: an eight-night adventure to Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge in June, our annual down-east cruise to New Brunswick for eleven nights in July, and the Gloucester Schooner Festival and Race trip for six nights from Late August into September. These are popular with returning guests; there's still some room if you're interested.
On the way to Cape Ann 2017, courtesy of Bob Vieira
Gloucester Sunset, courtesy of Christa Miller-Shelley
courtesy of Ralph Smith
This will warm you up; dinner on deck
Postcards from away and a while ago
Cheops boat at Giza, courtesy of Margaret and Becky who don't want to row this one
courtesy of Julie and Linc Brown
The Spanish Steps, Rome, and the yellow cat
Henry Ford raced the Bluenose in 1923 and 1926 but never won the series of races. Her usual master from 1922 until her loss in June 1928 was Clayton Morrissey, who posed for the "man at the wheel" statue in Gloucester. His other commands included the Effie M. Morrissey when she was nineteen, the Arethusa in which he outran the Canadian fast cutter Curley, the Flora Oliver, the Nimbus (built by his son-in-law), and finally the old Boston pilot schooner Liberty which he took to explore a wreck off the Delaware Cape on a successful treasure hunt.
And a shaggy dog story, really. The steamer Elthie was wrecked in December, 1919, on some of the same ledges off the west coast of Newfoundland as claimed the Henry Ford. Ninety on board got ashore with the aid of a Newfoundland dog, who secured the line thrown from the steamer, enabling the rigging of a breeches buoy. All got ashore over terrific seas and freezing cold. Good dog!
photo courtesy of Nancy Fleming
We'll put this flag back up in July when we sail to New Brunswick.
Next month we'll review the entries for this year's photography contest; there were a lot of great pictures from American Eagle shipmates.