Update:old news: pilot & roseway- The Infamous One Sends a Shout Out To Dave Bennis of Michigan &

The infamous one follows up with this –

joey – here’s a piece from the 1909 sanborn insurance map that shows where the parkhurst and burnham railways were in relation to each other.  few years earlier than the pilot boat pix, but the layout of the inner harbor didn’t change that much until urban renewal.  fyi, around 2005, some internet angel posted a complete set of the cape ann sanborn maps, from 1885-1917 in pdf format.  i downloaded them and have been using them ever since.  gave copies to the gloucester archives and sfl, and converted them to grayscale tifs for my own research purposes.  museum has these on board as well as the original full color hand-annotated atlases (that weigh about 50 pounds each!)  you want to know how this place has changed over the years?  never mind the pretty pictures, go to the maps.  they tell the story like nothing else can.


last month a nice chap named dave bennis came in to see me at the museum.  he was one of the volunteer crew on the ‘highlander sea’ (nee ‘pilot’) when she came into our port and wanted to see if we had any photos of the vessel in her days as a pilot boat in boston.  we found a few and here’s one taken of her by gordon thomas in 1960 on parkhurst railways for some work.  just so she wouldn’t feel lonely, i found another one of ‘roseway’ (pilot boat #2) on gloucester marine railways in the mid 50s.  dave’s gone back to his day job as lighthouse keeper in the upper peninsula of michigan, but i hope he sees these and comes back to visit us again.
infamous fred buck


check out the cape ann museum

Joey adds-
After recognizing the building in back of the parkurst railways I decided to pull up this picture I took on September 4th ,2011-

Can you line up the windows with the building in the top picture?

NATIONAL EAS TEST Wednesday Nov 9th

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting the first-ever national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday November 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST.


The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. The National Weather Service, governors, and state and local officials also utilize parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.

The purpose of the test is to determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.  Similar to the frequently conducted statewide EAS tests, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television services, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

On November 9th, the public will hear a message indicating, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for all EAS participants, however, due to the limitations in the EAS the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.” The text at the top of the screen may indicate that an “Emergency Alert Notification has been issued.”  This notification is used to disseminate a national alert and in this case, the test.  In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all. The test is expected to last approximately 30-60 seconds.

Through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Commonwealth has the capability of alerting the public through the EAS system.  MEMA serves as the state coordinating agency for disseminating local, regional and state initiated emergency alerts via the EAS.  MEMA, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, used the EAS to provide emergency messages to the public as recently as June 1, 2011 when tornadoes hit areas of the state, and as Tropical Storm Irene impacted the state in late August.

MEMA, from its Communication Center, will coordinate with key state public safety partners on November 9th to also test the Commonwealth’s redundant systems for pushing emergency messages to local and state public officials, including police, fire, emergency management and public health.  MEMA coordinates a system that includes VHF, UHF and 800 MHz radio communications that link all municipalities; text, email and cellular phone alerting systems for public safety, public health and municipal officials; dedicated direct phone lines with regional fire control centers; and links to law enforcement through the Criminal Justice information System (CJIS).

This event should also serve as a reminder for all citizens to make an emergency preparedness kit for their family and business, develop a strong emergency plan and become better informed about the natural and technological threats to their community.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Flooding Issues, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also, follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Art Show Featuring Recycled Beach Finds

Don’t miss a special exhibit beginning with a lecture on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 p.m. in honor of National Recycling Day. The art show will feature the work of Nina Cassel Samoiloff (read more about her work HERE on Good Morning Gloucester) and the pieces she creates using elements she finds washed up on the beaches of Rockport.

From the NOAA:
NOAA Fisheries Service Sponsors Marine Debris Lecture and Art Show
NOAA Fisheries Service is sponsoring two local artists who have focused recent efforts on the impacts of marine debris in our oceans.  Gloucester’s Karen Ristuben will present her recent sailing expedition from Honolulu to Vancouver, British Columbia to document marine debris in the Pacific Ocean. Nina Cassel Samoiloff will present art work crafted from marine debris collected from Rockport beaches.  Her work will be on display in the NOAA Fisheries lobby weekdays from 8:00am – 4:30pm from November 15th until December 15th.  This event will take place at NOAA Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Avenue in Gloucester at 7:00 pm on November 15th.  For more information, please contact Eric Hutchins, NOAA Fisheries, at 978-281-9313.

Did You Know? (Garter Snake)

That the Garter (also known as Garden) snake is the most common of all snakes and was designated as the official reptile of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2007.   The garter snake got its name from the garters that men used to wear to hold up their socks, and the fact that it has a garterlike pattern running the length of its body.  Garter snakes are harmless, and even if you corner one and he bites you, he can’t do you any harm.  This one startled me when I almost stepped on him while on a walk this morning. 

E.J. Lefavour

Close Encounter of an Asteroid with Cape Ann Tonight!

No panic in the streets. I’ve read the articles in thousands of kilometers and they don’t have a good way of explaining how close the asteroid 2005 YU55 will get to earth tonight.

But I will translate: Take your standard 24 foot Aquasport outboard sitting in the harbor. Put an NBA basketball on the top of the bow cleat of the boat and balance a tennis ball on the engine cover of the Mercury outboard. The basketball is the earth and the tennis ball 24 feet away is the moon. The asteroid is going to come screaming in at 34,900 miles per hour in between the moon and earth. But where in relation to the boat?  A little less than 4 feet from the tennis ball balancing on the motor. The basketball (earth) will be safe and sound way up on the bow.

You could actually see it and if you have a six inch mirror or larger on your telescope it might be worth googling Asteroid 2005 YU55 to find where to look. But the aircraft carrier sized rock will be somewhat underwhelming as it spins past us tonight.

With it’s size and speed, this asteroid would make a crater on earth 4 miles across, 1,700 feet deep and create a magnitude 7 earthquake. Unpleasant if it was going to land in Dogtown, but not tonight.

Well, shoot, all that yammering and 2005 YU55 wiki page has a picture that really shows how close:

Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Meeting Friday November 11

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The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets this month on Friday November 11 at 8:00 pm. This month’s meeting will feature a presentation on the life cycles of stars — where do they come from, and where do they go? What is an H-R diagram, and what is it good for? We may know that the sun will one day turn into a red giant, but why? And why will some stars explode, and others will not? Join us as we explore the answers to these and many other questions about stellar evolution. GAAC meets on the second Friday of the month, at St PaulLutheran Church in Lanesville at 8:00.

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
A very special thanks to John Rockwell and Julie Dougherty
carrying the Rhumb Line torch while I was away!  Europe
was amazing, as always!  Ask me about it when we see each
other this…

Wednesday, November 9th
Special Guest:

There are dozens upon dozens of artists I could refer to as
musical influences in my life.  But none of ‘em left an imprint
like this guy.  I was a young teen playing only electric rock
and blues when I met Chick Marston.  With his masterful
acoustic guitar finger picking styles and deep American folk-
blues roots, he opened my eyes wide to a whole new world
of music and culture.  Chick took me to more than a few of
the legendary Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals of the mid-’60s,
introducing me to the TRUE heavyweight champions of all
time, like for instance, The Staple Singers, Pete Seeger, The
Clancy Brothers, Jim Kweskin, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie…
and so many others.  Since then, I’ve been spending my life
simply trying to ‘pick like Chick’. There’s always a great vibe
floating around when he and I get together and play.  Come
and catch some of the magic fairy dust.
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!
Nov. 16: TBA


I hope to you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Maritime Gloucester Webcam, Yeah We Got That!

www.gloucesterwebcam.com just killing it!

The latest addition, the working docks of The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center now named Maritime Gloucester.   This one’s a beauty!


Now with 22 live Cape Ann webcams and more to come!

Still on tap- The Schooner Lannon webcam, and Schooner Adventure as well as a repositioning of the Cape Pond Ice cam where they fill the holds of the fishing fleet with ice on Gloucester Harbor, also a Dun Fudgin webcam from Cape Ann Marina and Mile Marker 1 webcam.

Have you checked it out yet?



Special thanks To Tim Blakeley from www.gloucesterbytes who has been installing the webcams at a reduced service rate because he believes in the project.