Gloucester Schooner Festival Photos by Justin Demetri

I usually work the Essex Shipbuilding Museum during the Gloucester Schooner Festival, but whenever I’m off, I try to take as many photos as possible of the visiting schooners. During the parade of sail before the big race, I often head to my friend Jim Lynch’s house. He live in a prime viewing area “Down the Fort” and being an old sailor and fisherman himself, it’s great company. In fact, Jim, now 90, is the last man I know that actually fished on schooners. He spent his summers aboard his family’s schooners doing everything from seining mackerel to halibut trawling in the Davis Strait. If you ever get to visit us at the shipbuilding museum, you may run into Jim spinning a yarn over a cup of coffee while I prepare for a tour. He lends what I say a certain level of authenticity, and I am always grateful for his company. Enjoy the photos…

Schooner Bluenose II in Gloucester Harbor. The iconic Tarr & Wonson paint factory in the background

Schooner Bluenose II in Gloucester Harbor. The iconic Tarr & Wonson paint factory in the background

Lettie G. Howard, oldest surviving Essex-built schooner. AD Story, 1893

Lettie G. Howard, oldest surviving Essex-built schooner. AD Story, 1893

Schooner American Eagle preparing for Mayor's Race.

Schooner American Eagle preparing for Mayor’s Race.

Knockabout Schooner Virginia at the parade of sail.

Knockabout Schooner Virginia at the parade of sail.

Images copyright: Justin Demetri
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