The dark season and the end of 2009 trigger an impulse to look back. Wood . . . there’s been a fair amount of it this year especially from Mystic, the Dutch barges, and of course Onrust. The following are mostly built on Cape Ann, a place once synonymous with shipbuilding from wood. The tradition continues at Burnham’s , who’ve added the magic of blogging to their craft.
Here’s a short set of wooden vessels for your pleasure. And a contest to heighten your fun: Arrange these woodies from youngest . . oldest. I’ll try not to give it away, but if I do, I make no apology. A warning, though, this is so link-heavy that I won’t post tomorrow.
For Bowsprite, here are some shanteys; it’s the best I can offer after an unsuccessful search for Daisy Nell’s version of a shantey about Adventure. By the way, ‘sprite, you’ve never told us the port where said slipped shantey singing transpired.
I’d love to position myself in a dory full-frontally to Adventure so as to best foto those hussy-red hawses, which sounds like a project for my next trip to Gloucester, eh amigoes?
Evelina M. Goulart. Will she or won’t?
Little Sandra (ex-Anthony & Josephine) with eastern rig side trawling gear. Little Sandra’s age info here, as well as lots of interesting tuna and whale info about Stellwagen. A great schooner link is this one featuring a foto of Little Sandra but you have to scroll through.
So here are the ages: Appledore III–1984. Little Sandra–1946. Evelina M. Goulart–1927. Adventure–1926. Phyllis A. –1923. Even older–by a generation–is Lettie G. Howard, languishing in the sixth boro (although there’s a hearty maintenance crew) and featured here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.