Off Port Quarter
Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
March 2009
In This Issue
Cruise News
Where are we?
Island Stewardship
Why do we go windjamming?
Dawn Watch
Maybe Joseph Conrad explains: 
"Nowhere else than upon the sea do the days, weeks, and months fall away quicker into the past.  They seem to be left astern as easily as the light air-bubbles in the swirl of the ship's wake, and vanish into a great silence in which your ship moves on with a sort of magical effect."
The Mirror of
the Sea
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You are among a small group of shipmates and friends to receive our first newsletter, an effort on our part to keep you up to date on what most of you assume is our off season.  We may sail May to October, but we are at it year round here at the shipyard, on board, and in the office.
Cruise News
The Cookbook Gam is the featured trip this issue. It's a four day cruise early in the season for $645 per person, boarding Friday, June 5th and returning Tuesday morning, June 9th.  
The Windjammer Association cookbook has been several years in the making and includes recipes from the whole fleet as well as information on each vessel.  A sailing adventure this time of year is usually spared the fogs of mid-summer and includes, as you would expect, a great lobsterbake. 
We plan a raft up the last night out and a chance to sample some of the recipes in your copy of the new book. The crews of the attending schooners will be happy to sign your complementary copy. 
SailBoston Update:  there's still a cabin or two open if your ship has come in recently and you'd like to be part of this historic event.  We expect to have the captains' operations manual in hand by April:  I'll see how it compares to previous ones on my bookshelf from New York,  Boston, and Portland.
Where are we?
Where are weGuess where this was taken?.. (and don't say on the schooner). 
Clues are in the background as well as on the chart the cook and deckhand are holding up.  Answer at the bottom of the page. 
Island Stewardship 
Calderwood IslandWe have renewed our membership in the Maine Island Trail Association for the 21st year.  Partnering with MITA and permitting with Maine Coast Heritage Trust have allowed us to continue to monitor, maintain, and enjoy some of the public access islands that make our cruising ground pristine and second to n0ne.  That quiet moment of reflection on the shore of a Maine island during our time ashore on a cruise is a unique opportunity we plan to hand on to the next generation.  A trip on this old fishing schooner is always a platform of opportunity to observe nature....and have a good time! 
Answer:  Doug and Andy are hamming it up pointing to Norman's Woe on the Gloucester chart.  Think "The Wreck of the Hesperus" by Longfellow.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Uncle Samuel started Wadsworth's Ship Chandlery and Hardware  Store in Eastport, Maine, in 1818. It's still in operation, across from where we tie up in Eastport returning from our Canada trips.  Their original building washed out to sea in 1976.
See you next month,
 John and the crew
Captain John Foss, Schooner American Eagle

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