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Down to the Sea, by Joseph E. Garland

When Gordon Thomas retired from writing, his magnificent collection, some 3,500 photographs of Gloucester schooners and waterfront scenes, was acquired by the Cape Ann Historical Association. In 1983, Gordon's friend Joe Garland, drawing from this treasure trove, published "Down to the Sea, the Fishing Schooners of Gloucester." It is beautifully written and illustrated, capturing the feel of an era when Gloucester was truly the schooner capital of the world.

Fast and Able, by Gordon Thomas

This is a very interesting little book, first published in 1952, and updated in 2002 by the author's son, Jeff Thomas II. Life Stories of Gloucester Fishing Vessels. My 1968 edition has details, including photos, of forty vessels and the men who sailed in them. The author noted "Gloucester fishing captains were the greatest mariners in the world. Without diplomas, without engines, without modern navigating equipment, they took vessels to all parts of the North Atlantic and brought them back. Gloucester fishing schooners were superior to any other wooden schooners ever built. Fast, able and handsome, they were famous all over the world."

Pagan Moon

Pagan Moon

Owners: Fred Sterner & Mary Anne McQuillan
E. Freetown, MA

Vessel Name: Pagan Moon (ex Virginia Lee)
Home Port: Westport, MA
Designer: Sam Crocker
Design #: 100 (Sea Dawn)
Vessel Type: Schooner
Rig: Marconi Main, Gaff Fore, Jib, Fisherman

LOD: 36’ Beam: 11’6” Beam: 4’6”
Displacement: 9 Tons
Sail Area: 676 Sq. Ft.
Engine: Isuzu Diesel
Construction: Carvel Planking (5/4 Mahogany), Copper Rivets, 2”x2” steam bent oak frames, Painted Mahogany decks

2005 Season's End Report

December, 2005

The venerable vessel logged 3,600 miles this year. Our travels took us from remote and picturesque Bay D'Espair, Newfoundland, to the Piscataqua River, with high school students, Academy mariners and community members aboard for a variety of trips-- all designed to teach seamanship and promote the Academy story.

Schooner Bowdoin Day April 15, 2005, on the waterfront brought a wonderful turnout from students, staff and the community. Captain Loustaunau presided at the grill, with burgers and all the fixings. Staff children took a turn at the buffing wheel, producing brilliant shines on everything brass, and a good time was had by all.


March 29, 2009

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