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Here was a post I did in early spring 2013. She went to Portland, Maine for the work, and this morning
she returned to South Street Seaport Museum pier, about 36 hours travel out of Gloucester.
The timing was perfect for me . . . as I’m currently reading A Dream of Tall Ships, Peter Stanford’s account of the years from 1965–1974, when as the subtitle of the book has it, a story of “how NYers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.” Well . . . round 1, at least.
Lettie looked glorious in the morning sun, nestling back beside Ambrose, but I couldn’t help looking especially closely at the bow. I’d just read this account the day before in Stanford’s book, a recollection about the vessel then-called Caviare in September 1968
“there was one thing that needed replacing, which not vital to the schooner’s structure, mattered a great deal to her appearance. This was the gammon knee, an oak extension of the stem arching forward under the bowsprit, which nicely completes the sweeping curve of the clipper bow. The old schooner’s gammon knee had been chopped back into a stump to allow a heavy rope fender to be slung under the bow when she’d been adapted for work as a tug.”
Wow! That’s one old foto I’d love to see, this vessel, with a rope bow fender, pushing a barge. Anyone have such a foto?
Lettie‘s back, and so is this fleet. Maybe Lettie‘d love to come out fishing with them? Vessel in the distance is Pati R. Moran. Brown fishboat in the foreground is Eastern Welder.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
If you’re going to the market event in Manhattan today, look for signs like this, painted what must be Ceres
blue. This is the west end of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, closest to Vinegar Hill. Beyond the East River there, protruding into the sky to the right, that’s the empire State Building. Ceres has arrived, and
Excuse the poor quality foto. Could someone explain the dried (?) birds’ wings?
There was seaweed . . .
wild artichokes, and much much more.
Morgan O’Kane played, parents shopped and talked, and and kids danced.
If you’re local and have time, get down to the New Amsterdam Market today . . . on the opposite side of the river here.
Congratulations to Erik and the team for a very big accomplishment. Although there’s lots of work left this season, season two starts up soon. Here’s some preliminary info on the vessel, which was modified in the construction. In case you’re wondering . . . Erik’s estimate is that Ceres sailed only about twenty percent of the trip.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who alone is responsible for any errors in reporting.
Whatzit?!! in the background with the classy leeboards. In the foreground, of course, it’s the world-infamous tug44, and in its own lair near the hideaway of Fred, in the north country approximately 200 miles north of the sixth boro.
It’s the sailing freighter Ceres, a moving cornucopia of all things edible, sixth boro bound
with auxiliary power for the Canals, where sailing is not an option.
Here Ceres exits Lock C-7.
At the tiller, it looks like Steve Schwartz, whose inimitable idea of a figurehead appears in foto 8 here affixed to sloop Woody Guthrie.
Much appreciation to Fred Wehner for all fotos here. Fair winds to Ceres.
Back in November 2009, I did this post and I’ll repost two of my fotos from then, showing a 1940 Chris Craft and a 1939 ACF, slightly tweaked here
Earlier this week, Darrin Rice got these followup pics.
I find these poignant, yet there is some buoyancy in that
it appears this old vessel is being taken apart with care so that
planks and sections of them can be recycled, evoking what’s happening nearby. You couldn’t do this with old fiberglass.
Many thanks to Darrin Rice for these fotos.
Here’s a site dedicated to antique and classic wooden boats in varying states of repair.
Here’s a projects post I did two years ago. The project boat below–an early 1930s 35′ ACF– is available. Here’s a post I did five years ago about an ACF and here’s an article with a few fotos about another ACF that was lavished with love. For info on the vessel below–located in Cape Cod–get in touch. Seller is motivated!
Multiple prompts have got me thinking about projects. One is the vessel below called Source, starting point for transformation into a restaurant boat in a movie called Secret of the Grain, set in southern France. Possibly this is a good but sad Father’s Day movie.
Some day I will take on a boat project. Shoofly caught my attention when I visited Astoria OR recently. This 28′ cedar gill-net boat is mentioned in Carl Safina’s Song for the Blue Ocean (207). Obviously, I’d have to stop blogging this way if I undertook a project boat or a boat project.
Seth Tane took this foto in the early 1980s on Hoboken bank of the North River. This has to be the wildest variation on a trimaran I’ve ever seen. Anybody know what became of this project?
And then there’s the exquisite Cangarda, once a sunken hulk . . . as shown here.
What else has gotten me into this mood include some books I’ve recently finish, notably Max Hardberger’s Seized: Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters. Start reading and you won’t put it down. Other forces have also created this mood, which has also driven me through all the “wrecks & relics” on a fantastic site called shipspotting. Here are some of my favorites: Here and here for PT3, wooden yachts Averilla and Wayward Girl, trawler to schoolship Prinses Juliana, island freighter Gerda Maria, and tugboats Arv Fernando Gomez, Tulagi, US Navy tug Saint Christopher, Torrent, and finally Catriel in Argentina. Some exotic projects could be this cold war era patrol boat VMV 20, and twin antiques of the future Falcon II and III.
And seriously, if you’re interested in the ACF in the top foto, please drop me a comment or email.
Some day when I’ve got a space to work in and trade in this blog, I’ll begin a boat project . . . building something new from scratch. And if I do this, I’ll document the project from plans and sawdust to charts and logs of journeys as Meryll and Tom have done here for the past half dozen years.
Here was the first post. Today spring has sprung and may Lettie,
with such graceful toughness
like a crocus, burst forth. Support the fundraiser.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
All the fotos I have of Lettie G. Howard were taken five or more years ago. So why am I posting these now . . . reposting some, in fact? Here’s why: April 8, 2013 Rosanne Cash will perform a gala concert to raise funds to restore Lettie, as she is affectionately known, which needs about $250,000 worth of repairs to repair rot and maintain her sailing integrity. Rosanne Cash traces her family to an ancestor who arrived in Salem, MA in 1643 aboard Good Intent. Click here for info on buying tickets.
Right now, Lettie is docked at Pier 17 cloaked in unflattering shrinkwrap. Here’s some history of the unique vessel:
Built in 1893 at Essex, MA, in the yard of Arthur D. Story, Lettie G. Howard is named for the daughter of her first captain, Frederick Howard, Lettie fished out of Gloucester, MA, for her first eight years. In 1901, she was purchased by owners in Pensacola, FL, for use in the red snapper fishery off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. After surviving two major hurricanes, she was thoroughly rebuilt in 1923 by a new owner—Thomas Welles of Mystic, CT—who installed her first auxiliary engine and renamed her Mystic C. She continued to fish under sail for the Welles Company for 43 years, until it disbanded in 1966. That year, she was sold to the Historic Ships Association in Gloucester, and in 1968 she was purchased by the year-old South Street Seaport Museum. She traveled from Gloucester to the Museum’s pier at South Street largely under sail. By then, she had been renamed twice, and her long working life had obscured her origins; research into her background led to a docking book that confirmed her identity as Lettie G. Howard.
Since 1968, Lettie has been a proud and beloved resident of South Street, where scores of fishing schooners like her used to dock to bring their catches to the Fulton Fish Market. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, and between 1991 and 1993 she was completely restored to her 1893 appearance. Lettie has operated as a certified sail training vessel since 1994, taking student crews on trips in New York Harbor and waters further afield—teaching history and ecology along with the skills and crafts of sailing, and celebrating the legacy of the North Atlantic fisheries and the Gloucester fleets.
Here’s a foto I took yesterday in Greenport of
this Morehead, NC veteran of WW1!!!
At the same locstion, I took this foto. Anyone know what manufacturer this beauty is, frontal and
And from inside the post-Sandy rebuilt Scrimshaw restaurant, I’d love to know what vessel
this figurehead once graced.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Three years ago I did posts about wooden vessels and names while in the greater Cape Ann area. This time what struck me was the variety of vessels in this small but intensely important peninsula. Essex Shipbuilding Museum is always “must stop there” . . . and make a donation if you wish. Essex has fewer than 4000 people. Treat yourself to beautiful lines fleshed out in old . . .
and new like these.
I can’t hear the word “Gloucester“ without thinking of fish and lobsters and other sea life. Read what Capt Joey has to say about Western Venture, here with Osprey. Joey’s GMG does “citizen journalism” par excellence on many aspect of Gloucester life, and a more historically focused website on Gloucester industry can be found here.
Vessels old and
new–like these three midwater trawlers of Western Sea Fishing– line the piers when they’re not at sea. It no secret that fishing brings risks: a vessel I featured here three years ago–Plan B-- sank earlier this year.
Small and newish like Cat Eyes or
or classic, versatile, and large like 1924 Highlander Sea (for sale) and 1926 Adventure both Essex built . . . they all lie in the few dozen acres of water in Gloucester’s Inner Harbor. See Adventure‘ s site here and some fun fotos here.
Treats appear at every glance, near and far.
Can anyone tell me more about Traveler . . and all her lives? Here’s what I learned from Good Morning Gloucester: follow the comments and you’ll learn that she was launched in “1942 by Cambridge Ship Builder, Inc. based in MD, for the US Army. She is 79.9 ft. long, was a rescue boat serving in WWII picking up downed fighter pilots and had full infirmary facilities aboard.”
More Gloucester tomorrow. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who realizes he should come back here more often. And if you’ve never been to Cape Ann, sooner is better.
First, check “parrotlect flickrstream” along the left margin here for my favorite 45 fotos from the start of the Great Chesapeake Schooner Race last week. I had posted some of them earlier, but put them up in the moment and without the benefit of my “foto-cleanup” tools.
Here is the real predecessor for this post . . . small specialized East coast designs. And here’s a question . . . guess the loa and beam of this vessel. Answer and fotos follow.
not to emphasize the “just” there. Seriously sweet lines here.
And here. And nearby but in the shadows was a twin called Puffin. And that vintage Johnson Sea horse 18 was attached to the
the prettiest motorboat I’ve ever seen. I don’t think that Johnson comes with the blender attachment seen here!!
This is Silk. Silk is a pushboat. Believe it or not, it’s the prime mover for a 65′ skipjack, and while hauling for oysters, Silk needs to be hanging high and dry. I regret I didn’t get a chance to look at the engine.
Stanley Norman dates from 1902. And that boom looks impossibly long.
And here’s a surprise, maybe. The vessel in the top foto here is a restored 1925 Hooper Island Draketail named Peg Wallace, measuring a belief-defying 37’6″ loa with a beam of only 6’8″!! I’d written of local Chesapeake and southern boats here almost two years ago, but this was my first encounter with a draketail. Scroll down to pete44′s comment here to learn his sense of the origin of the design.
I’d love to see her move through the water.
Draketail . . . named for a duck. Make way!
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.