Eagle at the end of the rainbow
Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
March 2010
In This Issue
Cruise News
Life on Deck
Latest Postcard
Ralph's Food Shots
Why do we go windjamming?
To preserve perishable skills

To pass along what little we have learned of what our sailing predecessors forgot

To share the art and fabric of working sail in our small but beautiful corner of the oceans
To provide a bit of adventure and a lot of fun. 
National Historic Landmark Plaque
National Historic Landmark Plaque  

More on the Tug  
Companionway: locust, pine, and mahogany
after companionway: locust, pine, and mahogany  
mast step, skylight and stack
mast step, skylight & stack
forepeak: one bunk, three anchors, 150 ft of chain
forepeak: one bunk, three anchors, 150 feet of chain  
curved drop windows in pilothouse
curved drop windows in the pilothouse  
dutch doors
dutch doors  
electrical panels
electrical panels with easter candy in background  
wheel from old sardine carrier BUFISCO, binnacle made by Lionel in 1944
wheel is from the old sardine carrier BOFISCO, binnacle made by Lionel in 1944  
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I apologize if the introduction to the February newsletter was unclear; this newsletter is addressed to both those of you who have sailed aboard before and also you who have asked to be on the subscription list.  These little updates are to keep you just that:  current on the doings here at the harbor's edge in Rockland where the American Eagle is berthed. 
Next month marks the beginning of outfitting, the thorough overhaul of hull and rig for another season.  Just as most lives are merely reactions to circumstances the content herein is in large part what you who have sailed aboard have sent along at one time or another.  If you've never come sailing, what are you waiting for?  There's plenty of room for both new and returning shipmates this year.
Square-rigger approaching
As for me I'm spending the rest of the month working on the barque Elissa in Galveston, Texas, as one of the mates.  She's an amazing vessel with a stellar volunteer crew.
Elissa Masthead
Cruise News
Lunenburg Harbour
The long adventure this season is our August 2nd Folk Harbour Festival Cruise.  On a round trip to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia we arrive at our berth at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in time to catch three days of concerts featuring some of the best folk musicians anywhere.  Celtic, Acadian, all are worth the sail up while the harbour (note the Canadian spelling) has many other places worth visiting.  Lunenburg is a world historic site. 
Ports of call along the way up include Shelburne, NS and Port Mouton (pronounced Port Matune locally) where on our first visit we were treated to some beautiful haddock and a neat dog trick.  The schooner Bluenose IIwhose predecessor was the nemesis of the Gloucester fleet under the command of Angus Walters, will be in the process of a much needed rebuild while we are in port in Lunenburg.
Capt. Angus Walters at the whell of the Bluenose
The wheel Capt. Walters is holding in this picture of the Bluenose is on display at the Fisheries Museum.
You must understand that Capt. Ben Pine who owned the American Eagle was the U.S. counterpart of Capt. Angus Walters as he raced against the Bluenose with the Gertrude L. Thebaud.
While you're at it, read an excerpt from the Bluenose II's Captain's Log, mentioning the American Eagle.
SAVEUR -a surviving food magazine
Time for brunch
Ben Conniff came sailing with us last summer and wrote a nifty article about our cuisine afloat.  He also manages Luke's Lobster on East 7th Street in New York just in case you need a quick Maine lobster fix in Manhattan.  One advantage of reading the article online is that you can't drool on the screen. 
Life on Deck 
Here are some of the things that keep us busy on a cruise.
 We knit.
Hand knit socks

We get into conversations with new friends.

Lively Conversation
We've also made baggywrinkle...
which is chafing gear for the rigging.
And we've collected bay litter
foredeck trampoline
like this rare Penobscot Bay mattress, our foredeck trampoline for a cruise a few years ago;
but mostly we go sailing
but mostly we go sailing!
Latest Postcard
Florida looks pretty appealing with mud season at hand here in Maine.
Southern Belle's Postcard
Flamingoes are supposed to get their color from their food, some kind of shrimp.  By fall you would think the schooner's crew would be lobster-colored.
Ralph's Food Shots  
nice buns
Nice Buns.
Every American Eagle cook has dreaded making bread underway and has succeeded anyway.
lobster alfredo
Here's the other part of the flamingo image.  What to do with leftover lobster?  We always have leftover lobster.  Here the solution is lobster alfredo.
See you next month,
 John and the crew
Captain John Foss, Schooner American Eagle

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