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Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

December 2013  


In This Issue
Crews News
Photography Contest
Train Travel
Postcards From the Edge
  Varnished Blocks    
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Crews News


          What you may ask do we do in the off-season?  Lots of projects, schooner and shipyard related.  As an example, Roscoe the pulling boat pictured above received a week of affection ashore; ready right down to the last coat of varnish on the oars.


Brad & John & Roscoe



          And the woodshed needed a little attention after nearly forty years.




    Up at the house a young deer visitor the day after Thanksgiving, taken through a living room window. 




2013's crew have scattered:  Andy is cooking at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, Johnnie is visiting friends in Mississippi for two weeks, Elizabeth is in college in Asheville, North Carolina, Mike is in California doing winter work on the Tole Mour, Darcy is home in Colorado, Ben is already skiing in Steamboat Springs, and I'll be lucky to get as far as Massachusetts this winter.


This year's race plaque finally arrived -- #10!


Photography Contest
          But enough of my pictures; it's a good thing I'll be aboard for Greg's photography cruise in June.

          The Maine Windjammer Association had a photography contest and a number of you entered wonderful images.  Ned Fleming won second prize with this shot the evening of the Great Schooner Race, with Ducktrap Mountain in the background.


Sunset by Ned Fleming
Sunset by Ned Fleming

Captain's favorite was this one.
Vanishing Point by Shawn Payment
Vanishing Point by Shawn Payment

And Darcy the galley hand's mom submitted this one.  

Sunset in Burnt Coat Harbor by Cynthia Tomassi
Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island by Cynthia Tomassi.

 There's not room to show and thank all the photographers but you can view them at the Maine Windjammer Association's website



          A last one taken by Brad early last spring



Planes, buses, and automobiles... and trains! 



          While free and incredibly convenient parking is included in American Eagle cruises, the method of reaching our dock has developed yet another public transportation option for 2014:  limited rail service, Boston to Rockland, beginning July 4th and extending through Columbus Day.  On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Amtrak Downeaster will leave North Station at 9:05 in the morning, change trains at Brunwick to arrive in Rockland at 2:50 in the afternoon. Return trip leaves Rockland at 3:20 pm, change trains in Brunswick, arrive Boston by 9:15 pm.  Estimated fare round trip is $85.; tickets will go on sale January 1, 2014. 


          That's all we know;  for further information, contact www.MaineEasternRailroad.com.  







Postcards from shipmates 


      This issue's offerings: Virginia, Israel and China and a boat of some kind in each one.  There's a theme here!












    Have a good holiday season and give us a call when you have a chance.

John and the crew


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