The Science Channel was filming an episode about the Vikings today. The show features the ship Polaris, a reconstruction of an original Viking coastal fishing vessel. Polaris is docked at Maritime Gloucester.
Viking Ship Drops Anchor in Massachusetts
By Sean Horgan
ESSEX, Mass. (AP) — Cape Ann’s fleet of vintage row and sail vessels has a new addition, one that hearkens back to mists of Viking heritage forged in the fjords of western Norway.
The Polaris, a 37-foot reconstruction of an original Viking coastal fishing vessel dating to 1030 A.D., has made its way across country to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum from its birthing boat yard on Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, Washington.
The plan, according to owner Stuart Boyd, is to berth the Polaris this summer at Maritime Gloucester, where it will be available from early June on for short public rowing trips, private charters and corporate team-building outings throughout the inshore waters of Cape Ann.
“We want to be an inspiration for small groups working together and having fun at the same time,” said Boyd, whose company is named Norsvald after the ancient Norse word for “power from within.”
Grand Banks Building Products, located in Gloucester, MA, is currently hiring a full-time experienced kitchen designer. We specialize in high end building product sales including cabinetry, windows, doors, millwork, hardware and more. Grand Banks has been serving our local community for over 30 years and is a family owned, family run business who values their employees.
Our clientele includes architects, builders and homeowners alike. We offer stock, semi-custom and custom cabinetry lines, providing design and storage solutions for multiple spaces in the home. We are at a pivotal point, currently undergoing a full showroom renovation and are looking for the right person to jump in at an exciting time!
We are seeking a full-time kitchen designer with a minimum of two years experience in the field. Related education is preferred, yet not required. The right applicant should be organized and detailed oriented with a outgoing personality. In the position you…
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On Saturday it rained most of the day but when the sun broke through it made for a beautiful dusk.
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I always like to make note of what the windows say as I drive by Howard’s Flying Dragon Antiques in Essex. No surprise that the other day the message was loud and clear. Go, Red Sox!
It was a very pretty fall day and the beach seemed to be awaiting company so it could show off its beauty.
Gloucester Finalizes New Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) Program
GLOUCESTER –The City is pleased to announce the launch of its Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) program,designed to provide an opportunity to reduce and stabilize the cost of electricity for residents and businesses, and to promote the utilization of locally generated renewable energy. By purchasing bulk electricity from an alternative supplier, the City is able to provide a more cost-effective, stable, and responsible alternative to utility electricity rates for participating consumers.Gloucester’s CEA program is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort, which has been carefully considered. Gloucester and more than 60 other Massachusetts municipalities are taking advantage of state enabled aggregation programs.
“This is an exciting opportunity to provide savings and predictability to Gloucester residents, while advancing our Gloucester Green community goals. I hope residents will take advantage of this important program,” said Mayor…
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It started out as a great idea by Peter Bent, and grew into a community-wide effort to make this year’s Gloucester Schooner Festival the best to date! It seemed so evident…build some docks so that people can get up close and see the schooners like never before. And by all accounts, that is what we did. The 480 feet of dock space became the star of the show. 3000 people visited the boats on these docks over 3 days. It was a great addition and a real benefit for the community.
So many people were involved in this effort, but a few need special mention. First, is Geoffrey Richon who steered the building of the docks from start to finish. Peter Bent who was involved in every step from raising funds to launch to finding a place to store them. The Mayor and the City for allowing them to be…
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The 36th Annual Essex ClamFest will take place this Saturday, October 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM in Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. Join us for the festivities!
Although the highlight of the day is the Chowder Tasting Competition (noon – 2 PM while supplies last), there is a great variety of activities, including arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and plenty of food vendors on-site! The festival is free to attend and the Chowder Tasting Competition costs $10 to participate.
2018 Clam Chowder Competitors
- C.K. Pearl
- Ipswich Clambake
- J.T. Farnham’s
- Lobsta Land Restaurant
- Mile Marker One
- Pub at Cape Ann Brew
- Shea’s Riverside Restaurant
- Windward Grille