|View over Salt Island from the White Shutters|
Our good friends Harvey and Gail Smith have a beautiful family "cottage" in Gloucester, Mass. on the private section of Good Harbor Beach. We've enjoyed countless wonderful times there over the years and try to get back every summer. This year we could only make it for a couple of days but as always they were memorable. We lucked out on the weather as well with clear sunny warm days. My mother always said that it could be hot as Hades anywhere else in the area but on their front porch overlooking Salt Island, it was always heaven.
|Leslie and Colin Smith|
That's the view above left and us on the back porch. Harvey and Gail have two children, Colin and Leslie, and the former is my godson. Happily they came down from Vermont too! That's them right with a copy of New England Lighthouses and Harvey, Gail and Colin next on the left. As always we walked on the beaches and this time through the down town. There are a lot more attractive restaurants and galleries than on our last visit. Our second night was a special treat. They got tickets for all of us on a Thatcher Island Association Benefit Cruise to see the nearby lighthouses.
|Gail, Harvey and Colin Smith|
|Bill Fonvielle and Carol Sharoff|
Gloucester is a marvelous combination of working fishing town and resort. There are still lots of professional fishing boats everywhere alongside the yachts and racing boats. Gordon's Fish Packing Company is still downtown and the Quarter Deck Bar made famous in the Perfect Storm hasn't been gentrified.
|Eastern Point Lighthouse|
It was a lovely night on the ocean, warm enough for a change to forgo a jacket, if not a sweater. We and most of the others stayed outside the whole evening. Our ship normally is a whale watching boat and had lots of room. It was possible to buy drinks, hot dogs and snacks - although we were sorry we didn't think to bring food with us! Most people did.
|Ten Pound Lighthouse|
Artist Winslow Homer spent the summer here boarding with the keeper in 1880 and painted over 50 scenes of Gloucester!
|Notice the beautiful schooner under full sail in the rear left!|
The lighthouse was built in 1821 and later rebuilt in 1881 and in 1925 it became a Coast Guard Air Station with 1 small scout plane and 2 amfibious ones. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1956 and restored in the 1980's.
Next was the Eastern Point Lighthouse at the beginning of the breakwater. This is at the end of Eastern Point and not on an island. It was first built in 1832 of stone and then again in 1848 higher. It originally had a "ruby light" but when the present brick 36' structure was built in 1890 it became white. The keeper's house is still in use. Two Coast Guard families live there now. The last keeper, till it was decommissioned in 1985, lived there with his wife, dog, cockadoo named Sinbad and two cats.
|Pretty gaff rigged sloop and matching dinghy|
|McMansions near Annisquam!|
|Gail looks like she might be about to|
take the quick way down the steps!
|Straitsmouth Island Light|