Vintage Lobster Label Mugs In Time For Christmas!

I have been creating a bunch of gift items over at Vintage Seafood, but I think this line of vintage lobster mugs came out the best. I’ve found several 19th century labels from canned Canadian lobster that have a really classic look that would please the fishermen and seafarers on your gift list. I have some more labels saved that I will be adding to the collection this week so go take a look at my shop for some reasonably priced maritime themed gifts. If you like what you see, let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Holidays Everyone!


New Website and More

Over the last year I have been researching and writing a historic seafood cookbook, which, unfortunately will not be ready in time for Christmas. It is by far the biggest writing project I’ve ever attempted and contains hundreds of recipes going back hundreds of years.

While the book is being finalized, I have also been working on a new website dedicated to seafood information as a tie-in. As part of the research process for the book (From Head to Tale) I have been compiling lots of vintage seafood illustrations and advertisements, which I’ve started to turn into a line of gifts and apparel over at my new store: Vintage Seafood. If you get a chance this busy holiday season, check out my new projects and let me know what you think.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Now Online

This past summer I got to meet and work with a great group from New Bedford that is creating a much-needed fisheries museum in their famous port. In anticipation of their grand opening on June 25, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center website is now online.  With the help of Executive Director Laura Orleans and members of their industry advisory group, I researched over a century of New Bedford fishing history. In the process of creating an historical timeline of the port, and writing essays of New Bedford fishing evolution, it was fascinating to learn how much of what we see as modern commercial fishing began in “the whaling city.”

My only regret (besides not eating my weight in scallops)? Not being able to spend more time in New Bedford. But with the new museum opening up shortly, I have yet another reason, to get down there.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum 2016 Opening April 2

It’s that time of year again, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum begins its 2016 season this Saturday. It still a little chilly in the shipyard, but at least we don’t have snow and ice in the yard like last year. As always, we will be open on weekends during the spring from 10-5. The guided tours, including the ship model collection at the Schoolhouse, happen 3 times a day at 10:30, 1 and 3, but self tours of the shipyard are available all day long.  Our newly refurbished signage for the EVELINA M. GOULART will be installed shortly and our gift shop has both new items and some of your old favorites. So come by this weekend, either for a tour, or maybe just a cup of our great coffee. Hope to see you in the shipyard in 2016!

Two More Titles In Paperback

Thank you to my family for giving me a nice bump on Facebook recently and now to announce that two more of my Kindle titles are available in paperback. Both Gloucester Along The Water: Coastal Sights Along America’s Oldest Seaport and Food Lover’s Guide To Amsterdam: How to Eat Well Along the Canals are now available in print format on Amazon.

In time I will probably have my other titles in print, but right now I’m getting my notes together for another book on Gloucester’s fishing history. With luck it will be out this spring.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Annual Christmas Sale: Weekends until Dec. 21st

It’s that time of year again, the shipyard is getting ready for a long winter’s nap. But we will be open for another 4 weekends in order for you to get some last minute gifts for the “boat nerds” in your life. From now until Christmas, most items* in the Museum gift shop are discounted 10%. In addition to this, Museum members can take an additional 10% discount.

Come by on weekends from now until December 21 to check out our selection of home and decorative items, hard to find books, nautical items, shirts and hats, and Children’s books and toys. The Museum store is THE PLACE to think of for your “just perfect” gifts as well as stocking stuffers.

We are open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now through Sunday December 21.

*sale does not include consignment items*

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street

Essex, Massachusetts 01929