Go to Schooner Ardelle’s website and enter Shipmate code HISTORY and receive 25% off our Gloucester Harbor History Sail on Wednesday, July 26th!
Gloucester Harbor History
with Local Historian Justin Demetri
Wednesday July 26th,
August 9th & 23rd
at 6:00 pm
Join us for an evening of stories and relaxation as we explore the history of Gloucester’s working waterfront with local historian and author Justin Demetri!
We had to turn back early last time due to thunderstorms, but my dad Captain Vito of Striper King Charters will be back with us to add his experiences as a Gloucester fisherman to the tour. Wind or no wind, we will have some fun out there as always, and with 25% off, how can you resist a night on the water?
If you have not joined us on one of these sails I highly recommend it, a bit of history, a gorgeous backdrop and plenty of liquid refreshment. A few weeks ago I joined Captain Harold aboard his pinky Ardelle for a Fiesta history sail and we had a great time as always. I’m really appreciative of Harold and his family for inviting me back again for two more history sails this summer. These days I don’t get too many opportunities to be on the water, but every time I’m on Ardelle as we coast past our fabled waterfront, it stirs up old memories.
I love my town, I love its history, but I like to have fun too! No script, no set route, and everyone is invited to spin their own yarns. If he’s up for it, I’ll bring my partner in crime Jim Lynch along as usual. Forget the guy from Dos Equis, this 92-year old is the real “most interesting man in the world.” and has seen it and done it all. So come join us as we knock back a few and talk about what makes this place so special. Space is till available so get your tickets here!
One of my missions this off-season was to revamp some of my books, especially those that have only been available on Kindle. Thoroughbreds Under Sail was my first attempt at self-publishing and was based upon a couple of articles I wrote for European magazines a few years back. For this new revised print edition I decided to add a little more information about the schooners and also to correct some errors. Also, I have added more photos, some from the photo collections at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
The new print cover
My original intent for these small books was to be “light reads” for visitors to Cape Ann. Quick reads with relevant information so visitors can quickly learn a bit about our sights and heritage. For those wanting something that goes more in depth…well I’m working on that. For the past few years I have been working on a larger project that focuses on the transitional vessels like the Evelina M. Goulart and the American Eagle of the 20’s and 30’s. It’s a subject area that is close to my heart, as well as many others in Gloucester fishing families since in many cases these were the vessels that established our families not only as Gloucester fishermen, but Americans as well. Stay tuned.
Ever wonder about some of the sights you see along Gloucester’s waterfront? The back story of some of those fabulous mansions, busy wharves or historic coves? Then join me Wednesday August 5th for an evening cruise aboard the Schooner Ardelle. If you have not joined us on one of these sails I highly recommend it, a bit of history, a gorgeous backdrop and plenty of liquid refreshment. A few weeks ago I joined Captain Harold aboard his pinky Ardelle and like always it was a blast, plus we even had some wind!
Anyone who has been aboard with me knows I love my town, I love its history, but I like to have fun too! No script, no set route, and everyone is invited to share their own stories and spin their own yarns. So come join us as we knock back a few and talk about what makes this place so special. Get your tickets here!
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.
First off, thanks to everyone who downloaded my books over the Christmas season, that was a pleasant surprise!
But I have heard your requests and responded by creating the paperback version of Peculiar Place Names of Cape Ann.
With all the great tools over at CreateSpace, turning my Kindle books into print format was not that hard…once I got the hang of it. It’s printed in a small format, and compact enough to carry with you as you explore the communities of Cape Ann. If you like it, bring your copy by the Essex Shipbuilding Museum this coming season and I’ll sign it for you.
In the very near future all of my titles will be in paperback, I’m awaiting the proof copies on some of them today. Once I approve them, they will be available on Amazon and hopefully in the Museum’s book shop. I will announce when they are available. Stay tuned.
I have been playing around with Windows Movie Maker lately and I recently created and uploaded my first YouTube video. It is a trailer for my Kindle Ebooks on Gloucester history. Take a look, hope you enjoy:
These Ebooks, are available through my Amazon Author Page. If you enjoy them, please leave a review! Thanks and happy holidays!