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

Articles by Tom Gallant & Randy Peffer

Received the new Wooden Boat Magazine and was happy to see a great article about Son of a Gun, David Westergard and the Schooners of Eastern Canada. Son of a Gun is a nice looking, fast Tancook whaler, a 40' open schooner. Tom Gallant is a member of the NSSA and a author. He used to write some good rants in Wing and Wing, including a special one about the difference between a schooner and a yacht. He has written for many magazines and has a new, hard to find, book called A Hard Chance: Sailing into the Heart of Love.

Randy Peffer from the ASA had an article about sailing with kids called The Powder Monkey Factor published in the Dec Sail Magazine. Randy has written several books - including "Logs of the Dead Pirates Society", "Watermen", and a novel "Killing Neptunes Daughter", as well as more than 50 Sail articles and some stuff for the Lonely Planet travel series as well as other magazine articles.

Notice of Membership Dues - Commodores Message

Over the past several decades we have had a rather casual system of notifying members when their membership has expired and dues should be submitted. It has worked something like this. We put out an annual announcement that dues are due by the annual meeting, since only members in good standing (ie., paid up) have a right to vote according to our bylaws. With this system, everybody paying at some time in year 200X gets to vote at the annual meeting in Febraury in year 200X+1. Plus folks that join late in the year, generally past September, were grandfathered for the entire next year. Then quarterly we have to decide who should receive Wing & Wing, and we further grandfather more overdue members, because a large number of folks don't know they are overdue and pay randomly at some time later in the year. Receiving Wing & Wing then enforces the notion "I must be paid up- I'm still getting Wing & Wing". And then we had member's dues reminders in Wing & Wing several times a year, and no-one knew who it applied to.

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