Join Us For The Live Taping Of GloucesterCast 446 At 9AM Sunday November 1,

Join Us For The Live Taping Of GloucesterCast 446 Sunday At 9AM. You can view it and participate in the live chat here:

We will be doing a live drawing for two prizes (potentially three) during the podcast so tune in to win!!!!


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Time Lapse: Hanging My New Framed Prints For Sale At Cape Ann Coffees

Selling a mix of my older favorites and new favorites for $150 framed.

The printing was done by James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee on archival paper that is the same kind of paper used in museums, know for it’s high quality and color reproduction.

Ocean Beauty: Gloucester Sea-Life Viewed from Under Water

Hi Joey
Your viewers may like this 30 minute video I shot of some Gloucester sea life: Dolphin, Stripers, Menhaden, Mackerel, Mako Shark, Basking Shark, Halibut, Summer Flounder, Winter Flounder, Sea Robin, Red Fish, Dog Fish, Skates, Pollock, Haddock, Cod, Squid, American Eel, Sand Eels, Ocean Sunfish, Silversides, Starfish, Giant Poisonous Jellyfish, Seals, Lobster, Spider Crab, Horseshoe Crab, Sand Dollars, Sea Urchins, Sea Scallops, Quahogs, Mussels, Surf Clams, Whelks, Moon Snails, Sea Anemone, Coral, Sponges, and more.
RegardsEric Swanson

A Gloucester Ghost Story

By Jude Seminara

The Charles Haskell

Anyone who spends enough time at sea is bound to see some strange things from time to time.  Sailors are a superstitious lot, and no maritime community is without a take of a ghost ship.  Gloucester has the Charles Haskell. 

The Haskell was built in 1868 and made her maiden voyage to George’s Bank handlining in February 1869, captained by Clifford Curtis. Her first trip was a success; she returned to Gloucester with 75,000 lbs of fish in her hold. Three days later, the Haskell again made for George’s. 

On March 6, a gale pummeled the fishing fleet at anchor on the banks.  Crews stood ready with axes to cut anchor cables should the lookout see the lights of a drifting vessel bearing down on them. Cutting the cable may save the ship from a collision, but the peril of drifting onto the shoals or into another anchored vessel was an ever present risk. 

Contemporary newspapers related the tale of the Haskell after she limped into port missing her bowsprit and head.  Within a month, the ghosts showed up. 

When the Haskell cut her cable during the gale, she scudded at the mercy of the wind. With the captain at the helm and sails set, she bore down on an unidentified Salem schooner and collided. The Haskell rose up upon a wave and before she could get clear of the Salem schooner, her bow crashed down again and cleaved the Salem schooner nearly in half, sending her to the bottom almost immediately with all hands.  The Haskell was the rare vessel that survived a collision on George’s and managed to return to port. 

The damage to the Charles Haskell was repaired and she soon put to sea for another voyage.  As she returned to Gloucester, off Eastern Point, so the story goes, a phantom schooner, that of the Salem vessel sunk on George’s Bank, came alongside.  Her crew of ghostly fishermen came aboard and demanded that the Haskell alter her course to Salem.  When the captain refused, the specter sailors jumped overboard.  Another version of the tale, recounted in a late-nineteenth-century ballad called The Ghostly Crew (1874) has the ghosts of the dead Salem crew coming aboard as the Haskell’s crew were handlining on the Bank.  The ghosts assumed their position at the rails as if they were fishing, then climbed back overboard into the sea. On one occasion on George’s, the crew was so shaken by the otherworldly visitors, the captain was compelled to return to Gloucester with no fare. The Cape Ann Advertiser called the haunting of the Charles Haskell “such a silly ghost story” and reported that despite it, the Haskell was on a trip to George’s in April of 1870.

The story of the haunted schooner made the rounds of Gloucester’s waterfront; sailors, being a superstitious lot, refused to board her.  According to John Winters, the last surviving member of the Charles Haskell’s crew, who retold the story to his dying day in 1920, four crews refused to sail aboard her, and she ended her days as a sand freighter. The fate of the Charles Haskell is disputed: she was either lost in a shipwreck or rotted at the wharf. The ghostly visitors were not reported to have been seen again. 

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS and their sea shanty songs

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS and their sea shanty songs.
Just hot off the press, bet you fishermen will love this Cornwall true story on Netflix. We loved it especially because we were just back in Gloucester last week as we come different times each year. We continue to follow Good Morning Gloucester! Thank you, Joey and friends!

Blessings, Linda and Rob CastagnaMilford New Jersey

Boutique Holiday Sip & Shop, Thanksgiving Floral Class


The holidays are on their way, and we all could enjoy some cheer! Join us for a private shopping event at Beauport Boutique, featuring a fresh collection of holiday gifts and merchandise, plus the start of our Holiday Gift Card & Bonus Card sale. Bring shopping companions to browse our seasonal home decor, cashmere and fur accessories, jewelry, apparel and more. Custom monogramming will be available for select gift items.


Colby Davis of Boston, Mitchie’s Matchings of Montreal,Qc, Canada, Linda Richards of New York, Kinross Cashmere of New York, Alashan Cashmere, Kiel James Patrick of Rhode Island, Mariposa Giftware, Skida of Vermont, Thymes Frasier Fir

Light sips and bites will be provided, with food and beverage available for purchase at1606 Restaurant and Bar.To ensure a safe shopping experience, reservations will be required, limited to…

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Lattoff Farmhouse Kitchen Is a Great Stop!

I have been wanting to stop by the Latoff Farmhouse Kitchen for a while now and we finally took the opportunity. The menu is wide ranging and service is offered through the takeout window. They do not accept debit or credit cards, but cash, check or Venmo are welcome. Jim’s cranberry walnut chicken salad sandwich on a bagel was quickly finished! See that, Joey? More information regarding hours and menu is available here. It is located on 127 in Rockport near the transfer station. Well worth the short ride.

Major gift to be awarded by Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group to Gloucester Ed Foundation

Cape Ann Community

The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group met with students and teachers at Gloucester High School today, Thursday, October 29, to award the second installment of a three-year commitment of $150,000 ($50,000 a year) to the Gloucester Education Foundation in support of the Automotive Technology Program at Gloucester High School.  This gift supports an additional educator for this program to meet the needs of a growing student enrollment.  With this support, additional students wishing to pursue careers in the growing auto technology field have been given the opportunity to enter the popular program.

Mr. Waugh has also provided state-of-the art equipment for use in the program, and automobiles for students’ use in the shop to apply classroom learning. The program fosters a close connection with the Lyon Waugh Auto Group for visits to various dealership service departments, as well as classroom visits from Lyon-Waugh auto technicians to share state-of-the art trends and knowledge…

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Just Picked Up My New Framed Prints For Sale Which I’ll Be Hanging At Cape Ann Coffees Saturday At 1:00PM!

Selling a mix of my older favorites and new favorites for $150 framed.

I’ll be hanging them tomorrow at 1PM at Cape Ann Coffees if any of you are around and want to come see while I’m there we can have a coffee together.

The printing was done by James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee on archival paper that is the same kind of paper used in museums, know for it’s high quality and color reproduction.

Ghosts in Gloucester – The Mysterious Noises in Gould’s Court 1884 Boston Globe

Just in time for some Halloween eve spirit, curl up with a selection of Boston Globe news columns featuring 19th and 20th century Gloucester ghost reports.

First up a 19th century Gloucester ghost story from 1884 with a title as long as the day, “GHOSTS IN GLOUCESTER: The Mysterious noises in Gould’s Court. An Acadian French Theory of Their Cause–Men Less Brave Than Women. Frequent Gratuitous Rappings Unexplained.”


“I hope we shall not hear that noise tonight,” said the wife of Stephen McKinney as she sat in an upper room of 12 Gould court a week ago. A female companion expressed the same hope, and Mrs. McKlancy continued: “We may not hear it for a fortnight; we have not heard it for the last three weeks, and–”

She did not finish the sentence. At that moment, in the hall below, was heard a rap! rap! rap! as knuckles at the door.

Boston Globe 1884

(The writer adds flourish to the dialogue as if the resident was a native French speaker. Decades later Cher Ami was around the corner. Was this area a French quarter?)

1903 Sanborn map detail from plate 17 with Gould Court Gloucester, Massachusetts

Part Two was published the following day: “THE GLOUCESTER GHOSTS. Is Mr. Henry Hatch’s House Really Haunted? A Diagram Illustrating the Scene of the Strange Manifestations. Similar Stories of ‘Old Jeffrey’ and Esther Cox*.”

“Another remarkable case was that of Esther Cox, at Amherst, N.S., a few years ago…”

With a diagram. Not much of a story but it made the front page. Could have titled this tall tale Ghosts of Ghoul court.


In 1896 ghosts were reported at Stage Fort Park: “Gloucester’s Fortress is Alive With Ghosts. Warriors Tremble at Sight of Gliding Specters. Hundreds Turned Out Last Night to See “It.” And “It” Appeared at the Armory Window.”


Writer Henry W. Harris, Jr. quick piece and good read from 1921 considers Rev. Cotton Mather’s account of the Gloucester Ghost Battles of 1692 when the militia was called out to defend Gloucester from ghosts, “war and witch fever”.

“The latter soon located three alleged spirits and fired at them, whereupon they lay down. “I’ve killed three! he shouted to the oncoming soldiery. At this the spirits rose from the place where they had laid down and fired back–under the circumstances there was nothing else for a self respecting spook to do.”

from 1921 Boston Globe article by Henry Harris considers Cotton Mather’s account of Gloucester Ghost Battles of 1692 “war and witch fever”

For more about witches in Gloucester see my 2018 post


Every decade or so there’s a piece about that ghostly place, Dogtown. This one from 1960 describes preservation efforts at the time: “Paradise for Naturalists and Bird Watchers: Cape Ann Moves to Save Romantic Ghost Town”.

“Leading the drive to save the area from dumping and real estate development are several naturalists, including John Kiernan…President of Dogtown Foundation, Inc., is Dr. Melvin T. Copeland, former professor at the Harvard School of Business Administration and author of a history of the school. Working closely with him is another of the trustees, Elliott C. Rogers. A book by the last two men “The Saga of Cape Ann” has just been published…the handiest compendium on the history and byways of Cape Ann…”

Herbert A. Kenny, Boston Globe, March 20, 1960

And from October that same year, “Want Ghost Town Dead”