Farewell Joe Garland

On August 30, 2011 Joseph E. Garland passed away in his Gloucester home. He was just short of 89. The Gloucester Daily Times today has two front page stories about Joe.

Joe Garland 1922-2011

Joe's last cannon salute

Here are Helen and Joe on Green Dragon in September 2010. He had finally completed Unknown Soldiers, an off-an-on project of sixty years, and Joe felt unburdened enough to take time out for a sail with Don MacCuish and I. This WWII memoir may not be known to all you sailors, but it is one of Joe's finest books.

How we miss you, you old devil.

Al Bezanson

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Farewell Joe

A larger than life loss. I only met Joe once and he filled the whole room with his presence, grace and full of life sense of humor. His contributions say volumes for how much he will be missed.

Peter Thompson


Joe was a long-time family friend, and a longtime and much-loved friend and mentor of mine. I grew up spending large parts of my summers on Eastern Point (my grandmother had a house there), and Joe was a great figure in that world.

My first-ever sail aboard a schooner was on Joe's BANDIT sometime in the 60s, and we used to sail out in our little Turnabouts out to watch the schooner races (many choruses of "Go, Cap'n Joe, Go!!!").

Whenever I return to Gloucester a high priority is stopping by for a visit. Joe, you will be much missed.

Alex Rhinelander
Schooner COMET II

Farewell Article

As all sails must some day dissapear over the horizon, the article (linked by Al)is well stated, brought some tears to my eyes. Will shoot the cannon tonight in memory.

Black Bess Rocks

The Parade of Sail at the Gloucester Schooner Festival, lead by Thomas E Lannon, Ardelle and American Eagle, took a turn enroute to the start and stood off Joe's house. A large gathering of schooners fired off a simultaneous cannon blast which was answered by Joe's porch cannon. It was indeed a teary experience.

Here are three Harold Burnham-built schooners celebrating Joe.... Lannon, Fame and Ardelle. (Thanks to Marty Luster for the photo.)

Joe's house is right behind Black Bess Rocks on Eastern Point and any schooner coming or going from Gloucester is encouraged to sail in close. Give Helen a wave. In the summer when the breeze is light or non-existent you can usually get a nice lift along that shore.

Celebration for Joe Garland Oct 1st

This was posted on joegarland.com by Peter Van Ness

Celebrating Gloucester's Joe

October 1, 2011

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2011

The Garland family and the City of Gloucester welcome everyone to a celebration of the life of Joe Garland, Gloucester's historian, writer, and civic-proponent who died August 30th at age 88.

The all-volunteer event will take place on October 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the center of town at 65 Rogers Street, the harbor-front property formerly known as I4-C2.

The event celebrating not only the man but the colorful and vital city he loved will include: music, a brief program with speakers, a variety of tents featuring the causes and activities Joe cared about, along with some of his favorite foods, and a gathering of boats—fishing and sail alike—which will salute him from the harbor. (The boats will gather at 3:30 - 4:00)

The opening program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., and will conclude with an open-mic session so that those who wish may share what Joe meant to them and to Gloucester. Any who prefer to offer a written or illustrated remembrance may bring a page (8.5 x 11”) to be included in The Book of Joe .

Donations in his name to worthy literary, environmental, medical and civic causes will be accepted at the various tents.

Seating will be limited so celebrants are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Parking for disabled and seniors (70 and older) will be available on site.

In case of rain, Celebrating Gloucester's Joe will be held at City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, where parking for elders and disabled will also be available.