So I’m Going Through The Blogroll in the Right Hand Column and…

So I’m going through the GMG Blogroll (a list of links) in the right hand column of the blog (for those who subscribe and get the email version go to  and you can see what I’m talking about) and I start clicking through the list of links.

I hadn’t gone through the list for a while but what I found was that a huge number of the blogs that I link to in the GMG Blogroll either haven’t been updated in over a year or don’t even exist any more.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that it doesn’t matter how fantastic the content you create, there are a bazillion other websites out there that you are competing for eyeballs with.  Many people think you can just create a website, register a domain and then magically a million people know about your blog and are anxious to find you.  Well for probably 99.5% of people who start blogs my guess is that after pouring your heart and soul into it for a while and if it doesn’t pick up steam you look at your stats and it could be disheartening and you lose the drive to update it.  Thud.  End of story.

This isn’t to discourage anyone from starting a blog, but rather to celebrate the ones who have been doing it for a while and have kept at it.

This brings me to my buddy Bowsprite who I discovered back in the first months of creating GMG.  How I found her and Marty’s son Brian and Bowsprite’s buddy Tugster was through a search for like minded bloggers who were blogging about industrial boats.  They were all located in NY.

Monkeyfist (seated and facing away) Bowsprite and Tugster Visit Gloucester

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Joey C


Our Marty Luster actually moved here after a two or three day visit to Gloucester with his blogging son Brian (Marty wasn’t a part of GMG yet)  whose blog A Movable Bridge hasn’t been updated in far too long.

But Bowsprite has kept at it.

My dream is to have her up here and take over one of the months at the Goettemann residency on Rocky neck so she could illustrate Gloucester’s industrial ships and share her deep love for Industrial waterfronts with us.  I’ve even written on her behalf to the selection committee but it hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe some day.

Anyway, Kudos To Bowsprite for keeping at it.  You really ought to check out here site, her stories and her illustrations.  She’s one of my favs and an incredibly kind soul.

Check out her waterbog here-

Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook


and this from here visit to the dock to take a dip in Gloucester Harbor-

Bowsprite’s November Gloucester Harbor Swim 11/16/09

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Joey C

Bowsprite is an artist and blogger from the sixth borough in NY.  Check out her incredible nautical illustrations by clicking this text

Who drives up from New Yawk to jump in Gloucester’s inner harbor for a leisurely swim in mid-November?  Bowsprite, that’s who.


All It Takes Is One Visit Posted  November 29, 2009 by Joey C

Welcome To Gloucester Marty! Posted on May 14, 2010 by Joey C

Bowsprite and Will Represent! In NOLA


i hope you’re well.

christina and i explored nola last weekend, and here are some souvenir fotos for you/GMG.

cheers, will

My friends from NY represent!  Chistina (Bowsprite) I hope to see you get one of the residencies on Rocky Neck this summer.  I can only imagine what you would do with Gloucester’s boats and waterfront.

Check out her site Bowsprite

An example of some of Chistina’s working waterfront illustrations-

Uhm, something just doesn’t seem right here. Smile



Also pictured is Will (Tugster) who is obsessed with tugboats.  Chickity Check out Will’s waterblog here


Lettie G Howard and New York City Seaport Museum In Dire Financial Condition

This was sent along by my buddy Bowsprite.  The NYC Seaport Museum hosts the Lettie Howard-The Schooner which many people consider to have the most historical significance to Gloucester.

Her Lettie G Painting-

However, hope exists: Peter Stanford, the founding member of the museum, and a committed group of people who love the ships have presented a marketing and funding plan in an effort to save the neglected fleet.
With programs that include Visiting Ship Programs, education of the history of the vessels and the piers, arts of the sailor, exhibition of local and current nautical artists, and participation in OpSail 2012, the group would accomplish things that the current museum have not done.

Among the proposed is that “…the schooner Lettie G. Howard (1893), scheduled for sale by the Seaport Museum,
be retained as a dockside exhibit ship. The museum had ruled against this
because they felt the wooden schooner, would be damaged by jostling against the
pier due to wakes stirred up by passing harbor traffic. This concern, however,
is contradicted by ten years’ prior experience, between 1968 and 1978, when the
Howard was open to the public at pierside with her hull in worse shape than it
is today.

We recommend that she be placed at a landing stage on Pier 16, with a fisheries
display aboard as she had 30-odd years ago.
The ship fished out of the Fulton Fish Market, in which the public is showing
great interest, and there is a rich trove of photos of similar Gloucester
schooners readily available, including photos of these vessels fishing under
sail at sea, which have been published in a well-known book, Men, Fish and
Boats, to which we hold the rights and the original photos now on file in Mystic

It has always been the people who love the ships who have kept them afloat.
They have never been needed more right now.

who just happens to look like a J. Crew model with an iPad

Paul F. Frontiero, are you asleep at the wheel? Why haven’t you posted this? I am posting this out of my normal 2 PM deadline to bring you breaking news. Heather Atwood front page of “Food For Thought” has an article about Mr Joey Ciaramitaro. Oh shoot. Joey already posted this yesterday. But I think it needs to be bumped to the top again with a special underlining of the J. Crew comment.

Since it is old news I’ll add a bit more of potpourri leftovers that don’t quite make the cutoff of deserving of their own article in GMG.

1) Anyone know what’s up with Mr and Mrs Bathroom sign designating the entrance to Rockport? As marker to the beginning of summer they are usually up by mid May. Sandy, or the Rockport fairies, need to get on the stick.

2) Lattof Farm Stand (across the street from the missing signs) will be all freshly baked monkey bread opening June 25th. I will post photos of my face like a well fed hamster when I find the monkey bread.

3) Can anyone believe how toasty the water is around Cape Ann? 57F is bathwater. Jump in and lets hope this warm water doesn’t draw too much of a crowd.

4) It’s a small world after all. Or Good Morning Gloucester and our fearless leader just knows everyone up and down the east coast. Case in point: Fishing with an old friend off Woods Hole Last week and he told me the name of the tug boat he was on. He’s been based out of New York City for years. Googled the “Lincoln Sea” and where do I end up but a familiar blog, “The Tugster” who has been up to see Joey. Nice photo of the Lincoln Sea on his blog then another link I am checking out a drawing of the smaller Davis Sea on Bowsprite’s blog.

Tugster photo of three K-Sea tugs, the Lincoln is the big one.
Bowsprite drawing of the smaller Davis Sea in the above photo.

I knew he worked on tug boats but I was thinking more the quaint little dudes, not the tall monster that is the Lincoln Sea. It pushes DBL140 around so it needs a tall perch to look over that big barge.

A quick search of GMG one can find a video of Bowsprite in a bikini jumping in the water off the Capt Joe dock. Not sure what time of the year but I do not think it was bathwater. If you are male and have a pulse you will search.

It’s Been far Too Long-Chickity Check Bowsprite- A New York Harbor Sketchbook

It’s been far too long since I’ve visited buddy Christina’s Bowsprite- A New York Harbor Sketchbook

I love her illustrations and stories and I suspect if you dig GMG you will love her blog too.

I’ve been encouraging Christina to apply for a stint at the Rocky Neck gallery because I just know the work she would do with our industrial ships would be such a treasure.  I’m not sure if she followed through with her application but it would be a real treat for all of us.

GMG Poll Question- Vote For The Style Of The Blog

As you know if you’ve been a reader of GMG for any amount of time at all we post a lot of pictures and videos.

The format of the blog is such that the current style only allows us to post pics and videos which are 500 pixels wide.  This bothers the hell out of me because I don’t feel as though people get to see some of the amazing photos in all their glory because of this limitation.  It’s also the reason I go through the extra step often times of providing a link to where the full size photo is hosted for those who might actually want to be able to see the pictures and videos full sized.  To say that always typing out the hyperlink to the larger sized photos or videos isn’t a bit monotonous would  be a lie.

So anyway there is an alternative- changing the look of the blog to one which would support a larger viewing width of 725 pixels wide.  We would gain a lot of screen real estate where the current wasted space in the left hand margin is and we could post larger pictures and videos. I think the typeface might also be a bit easier to read on the newer style.  We would lose the Good Harbor Beach Logo Header up at the top and the light blue borders however.

All of the other features such as the commenting and stuff you see in the right hand column would remain.

The format I was thinking to switching to is the blog format FOB Bowsprite uses.  You can check out her site here to see exactly what GMG would look like except you would swap out her information and links for ours.

Bowsprite Represents at the Coney Island Polar Bear Dip!

So sweet! 

Christina Writes-

CIBBOWS (coney island brighton beach open water swimmers) gather to wish Joey & Gloucester a warm, cozy good morning! Rachel, Patty & Cristian are about to swim around Cape Horn in a few weeks! Rachel & Cristian swam the icy Strait of Magellan last year. THATs cold-water swimming!!! (sorry, trembling: just got out of the water.)

Check out Christina’s New York Harbor Sketchbook here

Chickity Check It!- Bowsprite Does The Tugs

My buddy Christina is at it again- her latest sketchbook posting is full of tugs and a nice story about the watches on each one.

I would absolutely love to see her come to Gloucester next summer and do a residency in Rocky Neck.  To see our Gloucester boats get the Christina Sun treatment would be one of the highlights of my year.

Check out her blog by clicking this text-

Thanks Monkeyfist for pointing this out to me on gCaptain

Monkeyfist (seated and facing away) Bowsprite and Tugster Visit Gloucester

What a great visit I had from water bloggers From The North and South over the past few days.

Yesterday we went by Charlie’s Place for a great breakfast in which they all took turns mispronouncing linguica. 🙂

Many of you saw the lovely Bowsprite take her harbor swim in the cold Gloucester harbor water yesterday and know I’m a huge fan of her artwork.

Also along for the big waterblogger meet-up was Monkeyfist and Tugster.  I’ve been reading their blogs for a long while now and what is absolutely insane to me is that I never knew that Monkeyfist is actually a woman.  I had assumed that she was a he.

Tugster and Bowsprite hail from New York’s sixth borough (Tugster’s term for the Waters of New York) and Monkeyfist comes from Maine and does the awesome CascoBayBoaters blog. You can see Tugster’s blog here

They are all fantastic and if you like GMG you should really check out what these birds are doing.

Bowsprite’s November Gloucester Harbor Swim 11/16/09

Bowsprite is an artist and blogger from the sixth borough in NY.  Check out her incredible nautical illustrations by clicking this text

Who drives up from New Yawk to jump in Gloucester’s inner harbor for a leisurely swim in mid-November?  Bowsprite, that’s who.

Of Bloggers From Far Away Places

I’ve had the pleasure to hang out with Brian Luster and his dad Marty from A Moveable Bridge.  We went to breakfast yesterday and got to talk blogging and boats and breakfast and food and all kinds of other good stuff like the difference between “partners” and girlfriends and how some people call their long time girlfriends partners even though they’re not gay.

I discovered Brian’s blog last year after Schooner Festival when I had done an interview with some of the crew members on the Lettie G Howard.  There are a group of bloggers from New York who are a pretty incestuous group.  They all post on each other’s blogs and have similar interests.  (sort of the way I comment on Jay, Kathleen and Steve B’s blogs)

Well here are some of the New York Waterfront Bloggers blogs that I think you ought to know about because they post some pretty interesting stuff that is similar to what we’re doing up here in Gloucester.  I normally wouldn’t give these fucking New York people the time of day (especially given their propensity to root for the Yankees, Jets and Giants).  But since I’ve met Brian and Marty and they seem like regular folk just like us I’ll give ’em a pass on the whole Evil Empire thing.

I’m hoping Brian can organize a field trip of sorts with these New York waterfront bloggers for next year’s Schooner Festival so I can get to meet them and host them for a Beer and Blog event.

Check out these blogs if you get a chance, if you like what we do here on GMG you ought to dig the New York versions too (even if they are FUCKING NEW YORKERS).

Chickity Check It! Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

Click this picture to visit Bowsprite Blog
Click this picture to visit Bowsprite Blog

I know it’s from *blech* New York, but this blog has some fantastic photos, watercolors and stories from *blech* New York harbor.  Well worth a look.  If you are a schooner lover it’s a must visit.

Hedre’s a funny post about “Fishing Boats”-

There’s also some beautiful watercolors of the Lettie G-

The author lists the Lettie G as the “Schooner Howard G. Lettie”.

I always thought it was the Lettie G Howard, goes to show how much I know about these boats.

For my posts on schooners including the Lettie G when she was in Gloucester click this text