A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation
Photo courtesy of Fred LeBlanc
March 2014
Schooner Heritage
P O Box 482
Rockland ME  04841


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Hi Shipmates,
Just last week, the word of the day was "Gam".  
Now that made us think about the June 8th Schooner Gam trip. We'll sail Monday morning to an overnight anchorage where there'll be space for a large number of schooners to tie up side-by-side.  This is called a "Gam".  We'll all be able to visit aboard the other vessels and see how they are all different and special.  The moon will be full later that week so it will be up by early evening (or late afternoon) that day.
With all the vessels gathered together we should have a nice evening of music with singing and storytelling.  We'll enjoy the moon, the warming weather and a lobster cook-out on a deserted island beach later in the week.  The Old Farmer's Almanac says that the June full moon is called the Full Strawberry moon.  That's perfect for our fresh strawberry shortcake after dinner.
It sure gets busy around here as we approach spring outfitting. Some of our crew arrive tomorrow, April 1st. We're working on wrapping up all the miscellaneous winter projects. Almost all of the forty or so windows at the shipyard were worked on this winter and they sure look good.  
Wow! What a cold long winter.  The best day of 2014 was this past Saturday; warm and sunny with a light wind.
Captain Doug has the shipyard crane, the "Little Giant", all overhauled for spring. He's using it to do needed maintenance on our marine railway where we haul out the schooner each year to clean and repaint the hull below the water line. The first schooner on this year's haul-out schedule will come out of the water Thursday, April 3rd. 
 Our daughter, Clara, sent us a very nice Christmas gift of four coasters made of special marble.  Evidently you can order these and request a particular chart area.  She certainly made the right choice centering on Rockland.  
Just in case you're interested in ordering some for yourself, here's the info:
This month's recipe is Coconut Macaroons.  These are a favorite aboard and so tasty and easy to make.
Coconut Macaroons


Mix Together
1/3 c. flour
2 1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/8 t. salt


Add & stir well
2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla


Drop batter by spoonfuls onto well greased cookie sheet, allowing an inch of space between cookies.  Bate at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet at once and cool on rack.  Makes two dozen macaroons.
If you haven't signed up for a trip yet, come join us for the schooner gam.  It will be a nice time to visit.
photo courtesy of James Pierce