Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tea Party Ship Eleanor Video – Leaving Gloucester Railways From Kathy Chapman

Viking and her crew (including Rob – pictured) prepare Eleanor for her trip to Boston.

Construction portfolio:

Photographs © Kathy Chapman 2012



Magnolia MA 1930’s, From George Krewson

Hi Joe!

The attached is from a brochure that my Dad, the owner,  had printed for soliciting guests for the Oceanside back in the 1930’s.  The poem was writted by my uncle, Elber Krewson.  It may not be readable, but if you can enhance it in some way to make it so, I think your readers would appreciate reading about the glorious little hamlet.

Best to you,

George Krewson

Click the picture for the full sized version-


Too Big

Too Big


It’s just too big. It’s too big to write about in one fell swoop.

You can’t tell of its color or its size or its sounds in one sitting and

you can’t, in one session, describe its moods, whether melancholy

or violent, or how the light is reflected or the way the wind plays with the waves,

or its tides and its currents or its odors, both fragrant and foul.


The division of land from sea is a concept that requires patience

to develop and time to carefully draft and paint, frame and mount.

The granite overlooks and beaches alone can fill volumes and still

fall short of a full image of just our small piece of the shoreline.

And our status, as harvesters, walkers, boaters, swimmers and

observers could overflow photo books and decorate many walls.


All this and yet no mention of the fish and the lobsters and crabs

and the clams and the oysters and whales and other sea mammals

and insects and vegetation; the jelly-fish and squid and the

plankton and starfish, the sea-slugs and snails; the worms and

those eerie heat loving species that are only now

being discovered in thermal vents at it deepest parts.


This whole other world is both a part of and apart from us.

We feel it and hear it and see it and smell it and taste it

and are mesmerized and enraptured by it, but it’s too big

to capture and too big to paint and too big to describe in

words on one sunny July afternoon.


So let us understand what we can, view what we will and

allow its mystery and majesty help teach us how we see

ourselves on this earth and in the universe.

“But, if a man would be alone,” Emerson said, “let him look at the stars.”

To this we should add, let him also look at the sea.


Marty Luster

Dahlmer Gillnetter, Rough Rider, at Rocky Neck

This is a 1904 photo and an Acrylic, Pen & Ink painting by Bill Hubbard of the Dahlmer Gillnetter, Rough Rider which fished out of Rocky Neck in 1910.  Rough Rider was a 39′ gillnetter launched in Manitowoc, Wisc in 1904.  She was one of the first gas-powered fishing boats in America.  Bill’s great grandfather, Capt. Axel B. Dahlmer purchased her in 1906 and his grandfather, Capt. John A. Dahlmer brought her to Gloucester in 1910 to join the other “Michigan Bears” who introduced gillnetting to Gloucester.  Like Captains Albert Arnold, Gerry Shoares and Peter Tysver, they settled in E. Gloucester.  The Dahlmers bought the house at 12 Rocky Neck Avenue and fished their boats out of Smith Cove for many years.

The last photo is one I took on New Year’s Day at the Rocky Neck Plunge.  It may not be, but it certainly looks like a modified version of Rough Rider.

Check out Bill Hubbard’s paintings at:

E.J. Lefavour

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