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Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

April 2014 


In This Issue
Crew's News
Cruise News/Old News
Code of Excellence
More Pictures
Postcards from shipmates

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 Crew's News


          The masts were out for two weeks earlier this month, for a ten year looksee.  We replaced the crosstrees, overhauled the shrouds and stays, scraped, sanded, varnished, oiled, tarred, and cleaned up the mess we made in doing so.


Nice gloves, Brad.


While we were at it, we replaced a few mast hoops with ones made in the shop last winter; riveting work, literally.  Once the new hoop is sprung onto the mast and clamped to the same diameter as the ones already there, it is drilled and riveted using copper nails and roves, making sure to countersink the head of the nail enough to not scratch the mast.


Setting the rove


The rove is set down over the nail, the nail trimmed so only a little bit sticks by the rove, 




backed with a bucking iron (in this case a three pound maul) and peened over using a ball peen hammer. 




Christa and Jon demonstrate; actually they're just doing it as part of the rig overhaul.






Cruise News:  Lighthouse cruise July 6th-12th

We expect to sail by several dozen Maine lighthouses and tour several of them on our special trip this summer. Lighthouses are more than aids to navigation and historic structures; they serve as reminders of the way coastal life was in a time when work afloat was essential to every community on the water.  They looked to the sea for industry, commerce, and transportation.  Light keepers may have been government employees but were integral with island life, a critical part of maritime enterprise.

Postcard of the SS Cape Ann 

What's in an old postcard?  I picked up this one for the picture of the steamer Cape Ann, but found the back story even more intriguing.  The Cape Ann was a steel steamer built in 1895, had an interesting career in service between Gloucester and Boston until 1917 when she was sold to French interests to be converted into an ocean going tug.  The addressee on the card had an even longer career.


Back of the Postcard picturing the SS Cape Ann  
 Ambrose H. Wasgatt was born in Eden, Maine (now called Bar Harbor) in 1843, served as a private in the Maine first Artillery Company C during the Civil War, and was probably wounded. Preference was often given to wounded veterans; he became the lighthouse keeper on Egg Rock in Frenchman's Bay when the light station was newly constructed in 1875.
Egg Rock
photos courtesy of the United States Coast Guard 
In 1885 he became the keeper at Prospect Harbor Light further down east, and retired in 1924.  He and his wife, Della, had a family of seven children.  Still don't know who Harold was; he didn't marry any of the daughters.  He may have been an assistant keeper.  Although the light station being on the mainland enjoyed a lot of summer visitors, this card was mailed in February, not the sort of weather enjoyed by out-of-staters.
photos courtesy of the United States Coast Guard

















The Prospect Harbor Light originally had a granite dwelling attached to the tower.  A wooden structure replaced the original one in 1891.  The site is now part of a Naval Station and is notable for its round wooden light tower which has been largely restored.



Prospect Harbor Light Today
photo courtesy of

And in a further connection, Capt. Henry Godfrey of the Cape Ann had been the light keeper at West Quoddy Head, Maine, last of several generations of Godfreys who had tended that light most of the years between 1813 and 1889.  I was in the Coast Guard with Bobby Brann, Jr., an engineman who had been posted to West Quoddy Head in 1966-67.  Small world; we'll try to provide pictures of Egg Rock and Prospect Harbor Lights taken from the American Eagle this season.



Code of Excellence

    As a long-time member of the Maine Windjammer Association, we'd like you to know what's important to us.  Here's our guarantee .



More Pictures


in about three weeks and into October
photo courtesy of Garrett Lovell



When Johnny Carson was the question man... The answer was, "the rockbound coast of Maine."  The question he came up with was  "Where did all these rocks come from?"  

photo courtesy of Garrett Lovell


The only killer whale I've ever seen in the Gulf of Maine. 

photo by Carol-Ann Warner



Lobsters and bunny ears
photo courtesy of Carol-Ann Warner

Postcards from shipmates  


From Katie the galleyhand most of 2012




Imagine sailing a 19th century iron-hulled barque in the Gulf of Mexico.  Hope to do it next year in March.




photo courtesy of Kathy Foss
Until next time,
          John and the crew

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