Schooner Festival Scholarship Program 2015

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Dear Friend of the Gloucester Schooner Festival,

We wish to let you know we have funds available that will allow us to offer scholarships to Cape Ann kids (including Ipswich), for your summer camp or program. With the help of a very generous grant from the Gerondelis Foundation in memory and honor of Barbara “Sis” Smith, the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee has set up a scholarship fund that will support at least two young, sea-minded members of the Cape Ann community with a scholarship of up to $500 towards one of five summer education programs. These programs include (1) Gloucester Museum School/Project Adventure; (2) Coastal Explorers/Maritime Gloucester; (3) Lowell Boat Shop Camp; (4) Fame Summer Camp; (5) Hurricane Island/Thompson Island Outward Bound or (6) a recognized sail training program (e.g., ASTA approved program.) In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must fall within the ages of 12 to 19 and be a resident of the towns of Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, or Ipswich. By presenting this scholarship, Gloucester Schooner Festival is hoping to support the advancement in maritime education and participation among Cape Ann youth. Send an email to and we will forward to you an application. Preference is given to those with financial need.

Students must fill out their own application and we must receive the application by June 25, 2015  in order to be eligible. Scholarship decisions will be made by July 1, 2015. 

Thomas Balf
Executive Director
Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930


Bring the Ernestina Home to Gloucester

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Piper Boatworks and Maritime Gloucester are finalists to conduct the restoration work on the Schooner Ernestina, which is owned by the State of Massachusetts. This 156-foot schooner was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard in Essex for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Named the Effie M. Morrissey (now Ernestina Morrissey), she was first owned by Capt. William E. Morrissey and the John F. Wonson Co. of Gloucester. She fished out of this port for the first ten years. She has a remarkable 120-year history including fishing in the U.S. and Canada, arctic exploration, navy service, and as a Cape Verdean packet vessel. We certainly believe that the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at this site (Maritime Gloucester) offers historical, cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Upon its restoration, the schooner will enter a new chapter of its life as a sail training vessel and ambassador for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. If you agree, we welcome your expression of support by clicking on the link and signing the petition.

U.S.C.G. Cutter Eagle

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Friday, at 1:30 p.m. as part of their 2014 cadet summer training deployment.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

The summer deployment for the Barque spans 13-weeks, and stops at nine port calls in four countries, with four different groups of cadets and officer candidates training onboard.

A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.

To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s Facebook page at:

LT Karen Love Kutkiewicz
Public Affairs Officer
United States Coast Guard

Liberty Clipper

Sail with the Schooner Liberty Clipper

The schooner Liberty Clipper (out of Boston) will be taking single-day passengers for the Gloucester schooner race and transit days to and from Gloucester.

Sail offshore with the Liberty Clipper as she travels from Boston up to Gloucester for the annual schooner race!  We will have breakfast and a wonderful BBQ on deck while under sail with a cash bar available for beverages.  THIS IS A ONE-WAY SAIL FROM BOSTON. Guests are responsible for return transportation from Gloucester.  End time is estimated and subject to change depending on the wind.

Saturday, August 30: Boston to Gloucester
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Depart: 8:45 AM, Central Wharf, Boston
Arrive: Gloucester Harbor, MA between 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Tickets: Adult (13 & up): $100 / Youth (8 – 12): $75
Meals: Breakfast & BBQ lunch under sail
Refreshments: Cash Bar – water, soda, and adult beverages
Capacity: 12 tickets available (as of Wed, Aug 27)

Set sail aboard the Schooner Liberty Clipper to compete in the annual Gloucester Schooner Race.  On this cruise, we’ll sail off Cape Ann, MA in a fleet of over 20 tall ships racing for the Mayor’s Cup!  Come aboard for an exciting day of tall ship racing and fun.  This trip includes breakfast and a wonderful cookout during the day.

Actual return time depends upon the wind.

Sunday, August 31st: Parade of Sail & Gloucester Schooner Race
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Depart: 8:45 AM, Gloucester Harbor
Arrive: Gloucester Harbor, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Tickets: Adult (13 & up): $125 / Youth (8 – 12): $100
Meals: Breakfast & BBQ lunch under sail
Refreshments: Cash Bar – water, soda, and adult beverages
Capacity: 11 tickets available (as of Wed, Aug 27)

Join the Liberty Clipper as she returns to her home in Boston after the race!  Breakfast will be served in the morning with a BBQ lunch on deck in the afternoon while under sail.  A cash bar is available throughout the duration of the trip.  THIS IS A ONE-WAY SAIL FROM GLOUCESTER. Guests are responsible for return transportation from Boston.  End time is estimated and subject to change depending on the wind.

Monday, September 1st: Gloucester to Boston
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Depart: 8:45 AM, Gloucester Harbor, MA
Arrive: Central Wharf, Boston, MA between 4:00 and 5:00 PM
Tickets: Adult (13 & up): $100 / Youth (8 – 12): $75
Meals: Breakfast & BBQ lunch under sail
Refreshments: Cash Bar – water, soda, and adult beverages
Capacity: 12 tickets available (as of Wed, Aug 27)

Contact information:

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships
Heidi Hansen, Assistant Charter Coordinator
67 Long Wharf,  Boston, MA 02110
(617) 742-0333 (office)


Gloucester Schooner Festival Welcome Tall Ship Eagle

This year’s 30th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which runs from August 29th to August 31st, celebrates and honors our maritime history. Says Festival Chair Daisy Nell “this year’s Festival reaffirms Cape Ann as a premier location for schooner history, education, sailing and fun.”

This year’s festival offers a number of great story lines.

First, the City welcomes the Coast Guard Barque Eagle for the weekend. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in the U.S. government service. With more than 23,000 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle is a sight to see. In fact, the ship wil sail into Gloucester Harbor on Friday at approximately 1pm led by the Gloucester police boat and water cannon, the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas Lannon and a flotilla of other vessels. It will be berthed at Americold’s terminal in Gloucester Harbor (One Rowe Square on Rogers Street, adjacent to Cruiseport) and the training vessel will be open to the community for free tours on Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Second, the Festival has surpassed last year’s record number of schooners. Vessels vying for the Esperanto Cup on Sunday will include Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure, Roseway, American Eagle, and Liberty Clipper. Additionally, at least six schooners will be offering spots to paying passengers to sail over the weekend and during the race. This is your opportunity to sail in the race! Click here for more information.

Third, this year’s festival will continue its theme of putting kids on the water. The Festival will be supported by the Sea Scout “Ship” 5 out of Maritime Gloucester as well as teens from Gloucester High School Sailing and The Museum School/Project Adventure . Some spaces are available to sail on some of the schooners at no cost. Interested youth should contact Maritime Gloucester at 978-281-0470 or at

The festival sees the return of the now famous Lobsta Bake. On Saturday afternoon – from 4:30 to 7:30 — a Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester and Fitz Henry Lane Park will offer a lobster, corn on the cob and a Virgilio’s roll for $15. Beer, wine, soda and water, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers, will also be available. Music will be provided by Old Cold Tater. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop.

In addition to the deck tour of the Eagle, Schooner Adventure (at Maritime Gloucester)will offer deck tours.

In addition to the sailing, Maritime Heritage Day takes place Saturday, August 30st from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits along side of local crafters demonstrating their art. Music will be provided during the afternoon and lunch will be available on the pier. This is a great and fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend. The event is followed by the Lobster Bake and then the Boat Light Parade and Fireworks over Gloucester.

Lead sponsors of the Festival include: Building Center of Cape Ann, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Market Basket, Americold and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering Schooner Festival raffle and lobster bake tickets in addition to corporate support. Please purchase raffle tickets (available at Maritime Gloucester) or during Maritime Heritage Day. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water and to bring the Tall Ship Eagle to the City.

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to or like us on Facebook.

Current List of Schooners Intending to Participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival.

  1. Adventure
  2. Adventurer
  3. American Eagle
  4. Apella
  5. Ardelle
  6. Bald Eagle
  7. Brilliant
  8. Estrela
  9. Fame (Parade of Sail only)
  10. Green Dragon
  11. Hindu
  12. Humble
  13. Irena
  14. Liberty Clipper
  15. Light Reign
  16. Perception
  17. Redbird
  18. Renegade
  19. Roseway
  20. Sugar Babe
  21. Thomas Lannon
  22. Tillicum I
  23. Tyrone

Schooner Festival Lobster Bake

Two years ago, local blogger Capt. Joey of GoodMorningGloucester came up with a great idea!  Joey suggested that, in order to get the Gloucester community involved with the Schooner Festival, a community lobster bake should be held during the Festival.

Recognizing good advice, the Festival Committee held the 1st annual Community Lobster Bake in 2013 and it was a huge success!  Check out GoodMorningGloucester to see just how successful the event was!

The Community Lobster Bake will be held again in 2014 on Saturday, August 30, 4:30pm-7:30pm at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester. Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll– all for $15 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, cookies, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine. Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event.

Special Viewing Opportunities

Want to watch the Parade of Sail and the Mayor’s Race from a premium location?  Check out the following offers:

Adventures at Yankee Fleet will offer their Annual Viewing Cruise giving passengers the opportunity to photograph and view the schooners up close. Tickets prices are $20 per adult and $18 per child, Reservations can be made online at or by calling 855-546-3474.

Parade of Sail Breakfast at Beauport/Sleeper McCann Museum
Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.


Organizations wishing to include their event on this page should contact Tom Balf at Maritime Gloucester– 978-281-0470.

2014 Gloucester Schooner Festival Raffle

2014raffleticketThe Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester are pleased to announce the 2014 Gloucester Schooner Festival Raffle. The Raffle Grand Prize will be a two-hour private cruise for 35 aboard the Schooner Ardelle. Additional prizes include a Ryan & Woods Distillery Gift Basket, twelve 1-1/2 Lb. Lobsters from Mortillaro Lobster, two tickets aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon & a Lannon Gift Basket, signed children’s books & CDs by Festival Chair Daisy Nell, a framed Schooner Photo by Arlene Taliadoros, an $80 Gift Certificate from North Sails, chocolates from Turtle Alley, two tickets aboard the Schooner Adventure & an Adventure Gift Basket and a one year Family Membership from Cape Ann Museum.

Tickets are $10 each or $25 for three, and are available from Schooner Festival Committee members and at Maritime Gloucester. The drawing will be held on 8/31/2014 at the conclusion of the Gloucester Schooner Festival. Proceeds from this raffle will support the Gloucester Schooner Festival and its Youth Education Fund.

Children's Books raffle prize from Festival Chair Daisy Nell

Children’s Books raffle prize from Festival Chair Daisy Nell



Sail on a Schooner

Sail on a Schooner during the race on Sunday, August 31.

Click here for information on reserving space aboard the Ardelle, Roseway, Tyrone, Amistad and Adventure.

Click here for information on reserving space aboard the Thomas E. Lannon.

Click here for information on reserving space aboard the Liberty Clipper during the race and on her trips to and from Gloucester from her berth in Boston.


2014 Youth On Water Grant Applications are now available. Click here for details.

2014 Youth On Water Grant Applications Now Available

With an eye toward the future, as well as the past, the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee is seeking to support programs that involve young people on Cape Ann.

In 2012, the Committee chose to institutionalize the educational component of the Festival by providing opportunities for kids to sail on the participating schooners, as well as offering financial support to local programs that put Cape Ann kids on the water throughout the year. Specifically, the Committee selected organizations that foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters by providing opportunities for young people to sail, row or otherwise become immersed in our ocean environment. Two grants were awarded in 2012 and four grants were awarded in 2013.

Leading up to this year’s Festival, we will again raise funds, beyond the costs of producing the Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend, and offer similar support to youth-on-the-water organizations to be used in their 2015 season.

To apply for these funds, please complete this application and submit by August 25, 2014.