Lobster Cove: Gloucester DPW rebuilding stone wall along Washington Street / 127 (and brush clearing at Bennett)

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Brett, John, Chelsea – DPW crew covers their masonry work in progress on the stone wall by Lobster Cove October 9, 2019, ahead of a forecast nor’easter, Gloucester, Mass.

CAUTION- slow down!

Gloucester DPW crews are restoring the old stone fence along Washington Street/Rt 127 between the Annisquam footbridge and Annisquam Church. They are filling and resetting capstone and top stone along its length and attending to areas of greater disrepair. The fence on this route has been hit by cars more than once. Estimates for contracting the work went far outside the department’s budget. Thankfully, Gloucester DPW is up to the city maintenance of a traditional public works build.  They began the job last week (see below)

BEFORE (and one in process/mortar)



So far- Gloucester DPW is just a fraction of the way into this project. They’ll tackle sections at a time.

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Gloucester DPW repairing capstone and topstone by Lobster Cove Gloucester MA_20191009_©c ryan (1)

Goose Cove

Gloucester DPW repaired the stone wall at Goose Cove (also hit)

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Nearby another DPW crew completed much needed roadside overgrowth clearing on Bennett Street up towards Dennison Street

Before (Google Street view) / After


Goose Cove, 1914

In this photo, the tide is coming into Goose Cove, taken 100 years ago this month. Most of the houses on the shore are still there. Photographer Alice M. Curtis's caption says it's "taken from the bridge." She used a tripod to steady her camera, and made a 5x7 inch negative.
In this photo, the tide is coming into Goose Cove, taken 100 years ago this month. Most of the houses on the shore are still there. Photographer Alice M. Curtis’s caption says it’s “taken from the bridge.” She used a tripod to steady her camera, and made a 5×7 inch negative.

Cape Ann Cleanup in Dogtown: Roger Davis Reporting

As part of Earth Day Clean Up Cape Ann Trail Stewards organized a clean up along the trails around Goose Cove Resevoir. 

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Roger Davis reports:

On Sunday, the Cape Ann Trails Stewards organized a cleanup along the trails around and above the Goose Cove Reservoir.  A number of people worked at cleaning up the service road around the reservoir (including at least a couple of dads with young sons).  Patti Amaral reported collecting several bags of trash around the parking area at the entrance to Dogtown.  These photos show the cleanup at an apparent party spot near the city’s compost area in Dogtown.  A group of  a dozen volunteers collected a dozen bags full of empty cans, bottles and litter.  This area borders a sensitive vernal wetland, so it was good to see it cleaned up.  It was good to see so many people stepping up to return our woodlands to its beautiful natural state.
Kudos to volunteers. Kudos for Cape Ann Trails Stewards.  Keep your eyes open for future activities of this newly organized volunteer group.

The scene upon arrival.
The fire ring was still smoldering.
Clean up begins.
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Cape Ann Trail Stewards and friends.  Count the bags and buckets!


The scene after clean up.

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21st



Inaugural Event

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATs), a new non-profit organization, announces its upcoming inaugural event. 

Cape Ann Trail Stewards was founded by citizens of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to help landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain and expand Cape Ann’s trail networks.

By matching volunteers with trails in need of stewardship, CATs will connect Cape Ann residents with the vast network of trails in the area and help preserve these recreational resources for our community. Cape Ann Trail Stewards will arrange workdays where volunteers can learn about trail construction and maintenance.

The board of directors includes residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester, and representatives from the Essex County Greenbelt, Essex County Trails Association, Cape Ann Climbing Coalition, the New England Mountain Bike Association and other user groups.

Cape Ann Trail Stewards invites the public to join the inaugural clean up workday at the city of Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21st (the day before Earth Day) beginning at 1PM. 

We will meet in the lot along Gee Avenue. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather (the event is rain or shine). Bring rakes, shovels and buckets if you have them. CATs will supply gloves and other materials.

Register for this event, join our roster of regular volunteers and learn more about us at www.capeanntrailstewards.org

Who Was the Solomon Jacobs of Solomon Jacobs Park? From Chet Brigham, Goose Cove

Who Was the Solomon Jacobs of Solomon Jacobs Park?
Today he is almost forgotten. Yet the Boston Globe said that Capt. Solomon Jacobs was “known among the English speaking people of two continents as the most daring and intrepid master mariner that sails a fishing craft.” The Gloucester Daily Times said that he was “in Gloucester’s long list of fishing skippers, the most famous … around whom could be woven sea tales so full of dash and dare, of luck, pluck and chance, as to almost pass belief.”
Sol Jacobs, from an old Newfoundland fishing family, came down to Gloucester as a young man. Within three years he was a highline captain and, for the next forty years during the great schooner age, set records for fast trips and big catches, and was known in every port as “king of the mackerel killers.”
He was often controversial – like the time he waved a pistol to protect his seine, and his treaty rights. The dispute escalated into an international incident, but the British foreign secretary finally agreed that Sol was in the right, and overnight the skipper who had been called a disgrace to the Gloucester fleet became its hero.
Capt. Sol commissioned, owned and was master of three of the most remarkable vessels in the Gloucester fleet. He sent schooners around Cape Horn, and joined them to pioneer the halibut fishery of the Northwest Coast. Indirectly he launched Ireland’s mackerel export fishery.
He was first in the Gloucester fleet to adopt wireless telegraphy, first to commission a schooner with an auxiliary engine, first to build a seining steamer.
Sol was game for any adventure at sea. In his “clipper schooner, Ethel B. Jacobs,” he commanded a bird-watching expedition to the subarctic where, it was reported, he was “on friendly terms with many of the Indian and Eskimo chiefs.” He took passengers on mackerel trips. A Col. Russell from Minneapolis so enjoyed his cruise on the Ethel B., and the hospitality of the vessel’s master, that he was “eager to repeat” the experience. He brought his wife and son aboard for a trip the following year.
Ashore, Sol was devoted to family, church and community. He was elected a director of the Gloucester National Bank, and as an alternate delegate to a national presidential convention.
In World War I, when schooners manned by his old shipmates were being blown up by German submarines, Capt. Sol volunteered and – at age 70 – was sworn in as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Coast Patrol. Right to the end he personified the undaunted Gloucester captain.
Thanks to a lady named Mary Favazza, we have the Solomon Jacobs Park on the inner harbor between the Coast Guard station and Maritime Gloucester. Mary had complained to her husband Sal that, while Howard Blackburn had a traffic circle  named after him, and Fitz Henry Lane’s house had been preserved, there was no memorial to “the most famous” Gloucester schooner captain. Mary died, but when Sal became Executive Secretary of the Gloucester Fisheries Commission, he campaigned relentlessly until the park in Sol’s name became a reality in 1975.
Today we have the park, but Sol Jacobs remains a name known to few. In my new book, “On Opposite Tacks” (Whale’s Jaw Publishing, http://www.whalesjaw.com), I recount the captain’s astonishing career – with the hope that we can turn the corner in giving Capt. Sol the recognition he deserves. So that fewer people will be asking, “Hey, who is this park named after?”
Chet Brigham

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 9



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In this episode- Patty Knaggs on WBUR, Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st, Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field, tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove, Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library, Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

Patty Knaggs on WBUR http://radioboston.wbur.org/2011/05/11/home-selling-market

Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st

Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field,

tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove may 25 http://www.goosecovegardens.com/

Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library- Joey’s Poem Here

Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck

, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

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Did You Know (Goose Cove)

painting of egret feeding at Goose Cove in the low tide shallows
Painting by E.J. Lefavour

That Goose Cove Reservation was conserved by a group of concerned Gloucester residents who cherished the natural scenic beauty of this woodland as seen from Route 127?  The property features wooded upland, rocky shoreline, and tidal mudflats.  The scenery is some of the most beautiful and tranquil of all Greenbelt properties, and provides an opportunity to study varied plant and animal life.  A variety of estuarine and marine plants and algae exist in unusual proximity along the shoreline, and there is an abundance of shorebirds.  Geologic features include Cape Ann granite, horenblended granite, glacial erratics, glacial outwash, and moraine.  Great spot for Hiking, birding and nature study, cross country skiing & snow shoeing, fishing, and canoeing.

Direction from Route 128, at Grant Circle in Gloucester:
Drive north on Washington Street, Route 127, toward Lanesville for 1.9 miles. Landmarks you will pass are: the hospital on your left, the Ralph O’Malley Middle School on your right, you will drive over a causeway, and pass The Grange on your right, and a sign for the Beeman School.  The Goose Cove parking area is on the right.  This is a blind right turn that could be easy to miss.  If you pass a small municipal building on the right, you have gone to far.  Visit http://www.ecga.org/properties/goosecove.html for more info.

This painting is of an egret feeding in the shallows at low tide in Goose Cove.

E.J. Lefavour