Looking for whales on Stellwagen Bank June 14th 
photo courtesy of Lori Whalen Photography



Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

June 2015 


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Where have we been?
Cruise News

Vanishing Point by Shawn Payment
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It's the end of the month and we're on our ninth cruise of the season; ranging from an afternoon family reunion to four days brightened up by daily foc'sle concerts by CastleBay, to an eight day adventure as far south as Cape Cod to watch humpback and finback whales. For Windjammer Days in Boothbay Harbor, we anchored within feet of Fisherman's Wharf, were treated to a classic shore dinner, spectacular fireworks and puffins on the way down and back.  We've had days of typically excellent sailing.  We're off to a busy start as Venus and Jupiter get closer every evening in the night sky.

Rotary Exchange Students at sunset

June 7th CastleBay Cruise 

Sunrise off Seal Island, coming home from Cape Ann

Tom and Saddleback Ledge Light before breakfast

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An added bonus at a recent lobster bake was this collection of chowder clams.  It was a very low tide that evening and these bivalves told us where they were by squirting.  Andy served clam chowder the next day.


Chowder clams and Hannah



Our loyal food photographer Ralph Smith presented us with a great chronicle of our long trip in 2013.  You can see that album and some of his other projects at ralphsmithphotos.shutterfly.com .


And what would June be without seeing puffins, whether at Eastern Egg Rock, Matinicus Rock, or Seal Island.  We've seen them at all three locations this month from the American Eagle.  You can see them even closer up at explore.org/live-cams/puffin-boulder-berm-cam.  Not exactly song birds. 



Sailing in Maine shows some of Bridget's best pictures

 Whale Watching Amazing what the mate Christa can do with her phone!

   And a reminder of something part of every cruise

American Eagle lobster time
courtesy of Greg Gettens

More pictures next month,
John and the crew

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