Monthly Archives: March 2013

Schooner Ernestina 119 years old!

Len Burgess forwards the link-

Now 119 years old, the SCHOONER ERNESTINA (formely EFFIE M. MORRISSEY) was Essex-built in the Winter of 1893-94 and launch on Feb. 1, 1894. Designed by George Melville McClain and built at the James & Tarr, Essex, MA. the builder was Willard Burnham.
Be sure to read the link below to her great history as a…Grand Banks fishing schooner…Extensive Arctic exploration…U.S. military survey and supply…Cape Verdean packet trader, and now a National Historical Landmark of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, official sailing vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under SEMA (Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association) Ernestina is being restored and will be operated as an educational enterprise. Other agencies and organizations committed to her stewardship are DCR, the Ernestina Commission and the National Park Service. History:


Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week we’re thinking about China. Kathy is working with Philips Auction House opening on the Back Shore next week ( She came across these wonderful pictures of fishing boats from a personal vacation album dating from 1910-1920 China.





A little closer to home, Marty visited Horizon Chinese Restaurant, 4 Rogers St., Gloucester, and watched Chef James prepare mouth watering stir fried shrimp in garlic sauce and lobster in spicy chili sauce.  All seafood is fresh off the boat in Gloucester Harbor.

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KCedit1437 Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013 and
© Marty Luster 2013

Did You Know? (Mother Ann Rock)

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I had always wondered where Mother Ann rock was located and looked for her whenever I walked along the backshore, assuming that was where it was.  While photographing the waves crashing over the breakwater and on the rocks behind Eastern Point Light the other day, I took this shot.  It wasn’t until I was viewing the photos on my computer that I saw her, since I was more focused on the waves than the rocks. 

Mother Ann is a rock formation located near the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts. When viewed at the correct angle, the formation appears to be the silhouette of a reclining Puritan woman. It is also believed locally that the formation represents the royal mother of King Charles I, Anne of Denmark, after whom Cape Ann is named.

The formation may have been named by Captain William Thompson of Salem in 1891, and has since been compared to New Hampshire’s Old Man in the Mountain.[3] A nearby whistling buoy is known as “Mother Ann’s Cow”.

The Mother Ann formation inspired several local writers, including Providence author H.P. Lovecraft and poet Clarence Manning Falt. Lovecraft may have used the Mother Ann formation as the basis for the setting of his short story The Strange High House in the Mist.

From Wikipedia

E.J. Lefavour

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