Is the supermarket good for the Lobster Roll?

It is spring time and that means one thing to us all of us around here – Lobster Roll season is coming. Stay tuned for great places to get good rolls in the area. Check out what I found this week. A large local super market chain is selling a lobster roll in their fish section.  The price is $4.99 and the whole thing is refrigerated (bread and all). Honestly, it looked awful and I don’t know if I saw one piece of actual lobster. I started a rant in my head that I could go on and on about the art of the roll, why do people do this to good people, and on and on. Then I thought to myself –  Is offering a low priced option for the Lobster Roll a good thing overall? Will it inspire more folks to step up their game? Add a roll to their menu? Help me see the light on this, because I really want to rant on how this supermarket should stick to selling not so fresh fish….

Thanks – Patrick Ryan

Pet of the Week – Lanie


Hello, my name is Lanie and I am a six month old Purebred Japanese Chin.   I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter who cares for homeless cats and dogs and finds loving forever homes for them.  The shelter is located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester. 

I have a lovely black-and-white coat.   I will remain small even when I am a full grown lady.   I love meeting people and other pups.  I can be a bit bossy at times; but I am very sweet, too!   I am learning how to walk on a leash and I know my new owners will take me for walks so that we might go shopping to buy me a string of pearls!

Did You Know? (Gloucester Marine Railways)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

 That Gloucester Marine Railways Corp. at the end of Rocky Neck just past Madfish Grill, originally known as The Rocky Neck Marine Railways Association, is the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the country? 

In 1855, Dodd & Tarr Fisheries was started on the tip of Rocky Neck in Gloucester Harbor. As the fisheries business grew to encompass a wharf, a grocery store, warehouses and 15 schooners, the need arose for a way to repair and maintain the fishing vessels. In 1859, the company constructed the first of two marine railways on the northern-most tip of their property on Rocky Neck. From then until about 1970, the Railways used a steam engine to haul up the vessels. One note of interest is that the gears used in the steam engine were produced at the same factory that built the engine for the Civil War battleship, the Monitor.

In 1874, the Tarr bothers of Gloucester took over the firm of Dodd & Tarr and by 1879 the company was listed as “Rocky Neck Marine Railways Association”. The name “Dodd & Tarr & Co.” was reserved for the fishing business only. By 1892, the railways was maintaining 20 first class vessels. In 1907 Capt. Frederick Albert Cook reportedly brought his schooner to the Railways to be sheathed for ice and outfitted for an Arctic expedition. In the 1920s and 30s, schooners participating in the International Fishermen’s Races were hauled out at the Railways for painting and last minute repairs. In the late 1980s the Mayflower II came for repair. Recently the privately owned 128 foot Nantucket Lightship was hauled up in dry dock as she received fresh paint and maintenance.

Since 1859 the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, now known as the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp., has maintained and repaired thousands of fishing, commercial and pleasure boats from the wooden schooners of the last century to the present day steel and fiberglass vessels. A modern Travelift has recently augmented the original railways as GMRC keeps moving ahead, from one century to the next, distinguished as the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the country and a well respected member of the marine industry in the Northeast.


F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger Painting By Bill Dahlmer Hubbard

Thank you for publishing my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth.  I just finished a painting of F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger and I thought you might want to see it too.
My mother’s family were commercial fishermen.  They emigrated from Charlevoix, MI to in 1910 and helped begin the gillnet fishery in Gloucester with the Lafonds, Widermans, Tysvers, Arnolds, etc. Grandpa was Capt. John A. Dahlmer and he held an commercial license to operate ships in any waters and was a charter member of the Master Mariners Assn..  He operated steamers and fishing boats on the Great Lakes before moving to Gloucester.  Over the years, he owned all or a part of a number of Gloucester boats.  I have painted two of them.  My first painting was of his "Margared D", named for and christened by my mother in Dunkirk, NY in 1909.  Attached is another of grandpa’s boats, the "Superior" a 120′ western-rigged dragger launched in 1932.  Her keel was the last laid down by Arthur Story in his Essex yard. In 1934 they added a whaleback bow (the first seen in Gloucester) which is evidenced in the painting.  That raised fore-section offered better protection when the crew worked on deck in foul weather and it was a feature soon adopted by many Gloucester fishing vessels.
My painting shows "Superior" entering Gloucester Harbor.  She has passed Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck and the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory and is turning in to dock at her berth at the Gloucester Machine Shop pier-now Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.  The idea came from a photo of her taken in 1933 or 1934.  She operated our of Gloucester and Cape May, NJ as a seiner at times but, mostly as a western-rigged dragger and was a high-liner many years Redfishing. 
She was taken by the U.S. Navy in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor and grandfather was given $1 each year for her use. The Navy used her to transport gasoline, oil and supplies to weather stations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Greenland.  Returned by the Navy in 1945, she was sold after grandpa’s death.  When grandpa was not in the pilot house she was skippered by my uncles; the captains Ronald, Eber, Lawrence, John or George Dahlmer
Bill Dahlmer Hubbard

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Why They Call It a Breakwater From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joe,

After last night’s storm we headed over to the breakwater to check out the waves.  The first shot was taken from the beach at the parking lot and my lense was just about level with the top of the breakwater. The second was take from the light house end using a telephoto.  The coolest thing about the breakwater is that when walking out on it, you’ll see gaps where stones were on the ocean side.  This means there used to be stones there! If it’s low tide, you can look on the harbor side of the gaps and see the missing stones on the bottom.  If you think about how much power it takes to dislodge one of those stones and throw it to the other side of the breakwater, it’s mind boggling!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid



Fly Amero to host J.B. Amero ~ Tonight

Now Serving, Wednesdays Only:
Prime Rib Specials!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 20th
Special Guest: J.B. AMERO!

A Special Birthday Celebration!
Whose birthday?  Come and find out!

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
 $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

OUCH! This is not Sheedy’s Beach Rocky Neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 OUCH!  This is not Sheedy’s Beach Rocky Neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to all that corrected me. 🙂

Sorry about that!

I’ve been wrong before!

Does this Beach have a Name? Please let me know.

Granite Schooner, Lanes Cove

Granite Schooner Flora Condon, Lanes Cove, 1909 John I. Coggeshall/©Bodin Historic Photo
The three masted schooner Flora Condon loading Cape Ann granite in Lanes Cove. Granite blocks were wheeled on a gallymander along a ramp and then lowered with block and tackle into the ship’s hold. The schooner was 123 feet long, and was built in 1872 in Belfast, Maine.  She was lost off Cape Cod in December of 1911. John Ingersoll Coggeshall  (1856 – 1927) was an accomplished sea-landscape painter and photographer, for whom Coggeshall Road in Lanesville is named.

Printed from the original 8×10 inch glass negative in my darkroom.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Making Italian Donuts With Sista Felicia and Nephew BJ At The Gloucester Daily Times Website


From the Gloucester Daily Times Taste of The Times-

These are considered a special treat by Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan’s family, especially her son BJ, who helps make this recipe. Every Sunday, especially on religious holidays such as Easter Sunday, Grandfather Joe would make these special donuts “for us (seven Grandchildren) on Sunday mornings. This is one of many treats he and my grandmother Felicia would make for Sunday coffee time after Sunday Mass.”
The special ingredient in these homemade donuts is ricotta cheese. It is mixed into the batter and makes for a very moist and tasty round donut, which is rolled into powdered sugar right after frying them in oil.
“My Grandfather passed away when I was in high school. When my twins were born many years later, I remember counting the months till they could have table food so I could make them to enjoy on Sunday mornings and Holiday mornings just as I did growing up.”
“My kids enjoy them just as much as my cousins bother & I did. My daughter Amanda knows how to make the batter, BJ is a professional donut powdered and my husband is defiantly the best at eating them! With our busy schedules traveling with our daughter Amanda for tennis, Sunday mornings as a family are tough to fit in. In spite of this, everyone knows, including my nieces Eloise & Madeline, that when TeTe, Uncle Barry, BJ & Amanda are home on a Sunday donuts are being made while the sauce and meatballs are cooking for our family dinner!”
You may want to try them for a special day such as Easter or at any time you want to make a special treat.


From Heidi Dallin-

Over 500 people attended the Cape Ann Symphony’s Koto Magic Concert on Sunday, March 27 at the Fuller Auditorium. Over $2200 in funds were raised for Japan relief and over 400 handmade paper cranes were given to audience members that donated to the International Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. Cape Ann Symphony donated a percentage of ticket proceeds from the concert and raised additional funds through donations from the audience to aid Japan Relief efforts.

Cape Ann Symphony President Tom Class told the audience that it was "purely coincidental that we would be featuring the Koto at this time, but wonderfully appropriate under the circumstances and we will donate a percentage of the proceeds of our ticket sales to the International Red Cross for Japanese relief." He then invited the audience to donate as well, in return for which each person would receive a small origami crane, created by the Boston Origami Project, whose members handmade the colorful printed cranes in a variety of colors and prints including tie dye, flowers, polka dots and animal prints in the Fuller lobby all afternoon. According to Cape Ann Symphony principal oboist Akane Inoue who organized the collaboration with the Boston Origami Project, “We are so happy for the tremendous outpouring of support from the Cape Ann Symphony audience!”

President Class reported that Conductor Yoichi Udagawa’s family in Japan, together with the families of several other Japanese members of our orchestra including Akane Inoue, was safe. "We are grateful for that," he said. "But we should also be mindful of the great need and thankful that we can do our small part to help." "It is so gratifying to be a part of such a generous organization as the Cape Ann Symphony," declared Maestro Udagawa.

The Koto, an ancient Japanese stringed instrument, whose origins date back 1500 years was featured at the concert. This beautiful, harp-like instrument was played by soloist Yuki Yasuda in two original pieces with the orchestra commissioned by Cape Ann Symphony, East Wind, composed by Takashi Koto and Concertino No. 3 for Koto and Orchestra by Martin Schreiner. Both composers were in attendance and received standing ovations.

The program also included Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri and Dvorak’s Symphony No.8, which received a standing ovation at the close of the concert.

If you would like to donate to the Japan Relief effort by the Cape Ann Symphony, you may send your check, made out to the Red Cross and marked for Japan Relief, to Cape Ann Symphony, P.O. Box 1343, Gloucester, MA 01930