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Schooners Columbia, American Eagle & Lettie G. Howard Race at Gloucester

This weekend, the 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was held, culminating in the Mayor’s Cup Schooner Race.  The Esperanto Cup, representing the large schooners, was won by the schooner Columbia, built in 2014, a steel replica of the W. Starling Burgess designed … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Richard Decker, and Yes, His Boat is for Sale at Auction

All the reporting on this story talks about a “ghost ship” for sale by auction in Newburyport, MA.  “Newburyport ‘ghost ship’ on the block,” is pretty typical.  The “ship” in question is, in fact, an Endeavour 37 sailboat, a bit small to be … Continue reading

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Time Lapse: A Frozen Tall Ship in 60 Seconds

Here is a time-lapse video of the assembly of an ice sculpture of a tall-ship being at Pickering Wharf in Salem, MA last Saturday as part of the 11th annual Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Sadly, the … Continue reading

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Launching the Schooner Ardelle – Essex Side Launch

The pinky schooner Ardelle was launched recently from the historic Burnham Boatbuilding yard in Essex, MA.  They used the traditional “Essex side-launch” technique, which, to my uninitiated eye, looks very odd.  Nevertheless, it obviously is effective. The Ardelle’s debut Thanks to Tom Russell … Continue reading

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Barquentine Gazela Returns To Sea

Philadelphia’s tall ship, the barquentine Gazela has returned to to sea after five years of being limited to protected water sailing due to a damaged rudder.  With a new rudder, the turn-of-the-century Portuguese-built barquentine set sail from Philadelphia bound where she … Continue reading

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