Tag Archives: Massachusetts

On Thanksgiving – A Look at the Mayflower II

In the United States, today is celebrated as Thanksgiving, commermorating a 1621 feast of thanks-giving at the Plymouth colony in present-day Massachusetts. The year before in November of 1620 the ship Mayflower had carried a group of just over 100 English and Dutch Separatists, known as Pilgrims, across the … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WWII U-550 Located 70 Miles South of Nantucket, Massachusetts

Yesterday we posted about the possible discovery of a German WWII  submarine sunk in the Churchill River in Labrador, Canada. Now we have learned that the German World War II submarine U-550 has been located in the Atlantic, 70 miles … Continue reading

Posted in Current, History, Lore of the Sea, Ships | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Shipbuilders of Essex

Here is a wonderful 20 minute film made in 1947 about, as the tile suggests, shipbuilding in Essex, Massachusetts.  It has the slightly corny Hollywood production values of its time but does a good job at showing the construction of a … Continue reading

Posted in Current, History, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

CHARLOTTE – A Wooden Boat Story

The Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, must be a pretty amazing place. In July of 2010, we reviewed Schooner – Building a Wooden Boat on Martha’s Vineyard, which was about building a schooner … Continue reading

Posted in Current, Lore of the Sea, Seastories, Ships | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Rum & Revolution Cruise on the Schooner Fame of Salem

Some traditions should be honored.  I would certainly include rum drinking in that list. Tomorrow the Schooner Fame  of Salem, Massachusetts is hosting a Rum and Revolution Cruise, departing from Pickering Wharf Marina, in Salem at 4:00 PM.  After all, “rum and sailors … Continue reading

Posted in Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Nathaniel Bowditch, America’s Practical Navigator

Every US naval ship and most American merchant ships carry aboard a copy of the American Practical Navigator, which most refer to simply as Bowditch, after Nathaniel Bowditch, the author of the first edition in 1802.   On March 26,  1773,  Nathaniel Bowditch, the fifth of seven children, … Continue reading

Posted in History, Lore of the Sea | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments