Monarchs are still around Niles Pond before heading south to Mexico.
Anne-Lise and I are back from a trip to Moscow and St Petersburg with a stop on the way home for family and shrimp (just like ours but with no quota) in Norway.
Columbia was first home on elapsed time at the Labor Day weekend Schooner Festival
Anne-Lise and I had a great trip up the Annisquam River from Gloucester Marina to Ipswich Bay on a questionable Sunday afternoon that turned out to be very comfortable, with our friends Beth and Mike Knicely.
The clouds add a bit of mystery.
Always something to look at from the deck. In the last couple of days: One of a family of deer in the Audubon land at Eastern Point; USCG barque Eagle back and forth, here in the haze headed back into Salem for weekend festivities; sunset with Great Britain floating over the lighthouse.
Tuesday walk on the breakwater – fishermen and cormorants finding fish.
Another beautiful sunset after the thunderstorms.
Here is a cell phone photo of clouds clearing from afternoon thunderstorms for a nice sunset at Eastern Point with Thomas E Lannon
This neighbor joined us for a walk this afternoon on Eastern Point (sort of).
I recently saw an aerial drone photograph of Stage fort Park showing cannons in the “fort.” That was a surprise. This afternoon commuting home (by bus around the Gloucester commuter rail draw bridge replacement), I stopped at Stage Fort to look for the cannons, in nice evening light. Here are a few photos. As a bonus, I hit closing time of the farmers market and secured a large jar of fresh guacamole.
Zeus is a “Texas Tower” rig that was involved with extension of Gloucester’s sewer outfall pipe offshore around 1990. Before that, the treatment plant dumped directly into harbor, through the notorious “bubbler.” Here are a few of my photos from 1989-1991.
Finally a beautiful spring afternoon on the Boulevard
— Pat Morss —
The research vessel Fugro, which which attracted attention passed Cape Ann mid-day Wednesday heading in the Boston direction, returned this evening heading Down East from Eastern Point.
And here are two slides I just scanned of Adventure’s triumphant return to Gloucester in 1988 from her second life as a windjammer on the Maine coast – Pat Morss
I have been scanning my old Kodachrome slides and came across some interesting photos of Adventure’s sail plan. Consulting Joe Garland’s 1985 book Adventure; Queen of the Windjammers, I find she had topsails when launched in 1926, but spent most of her working life as a dory trawler without topmast. This shortened rig is close to her present appearance. Adventure retired to Rockland, Maine as a prized member of the tourist windjammer fleet in 1954. She was painted white, and and the tall rig was restored. This is how she looked in my first photo from Eastern Point in 1988. The next two photos are 1992 (black hull) and 1993, and the last shows how she looks today after her Gloucester return and restoration. – Pat Morss