Fog shrouded Gloucester, the storied fishing community, as Elizabeth Jean cautiously probed the harbor entrance after a long day moving south from our anchorage on the Piscataqua River (the boundary between Maine and New Hampshire). Our spirits had ebbed after leaving Maine. We had not yet found a goal to replace the Big U and our adventure, therefore, felt somewhat adrift. As the morning sun warmed Elizabeth Jean‘s cockpit, our new best friend Bill Rand pulled aside Elizabeth Jean. His guided harbor tour refreshed our appetite for further exploration.
The Fishermen’s Memorial lists the vessels and their crews who have gone down to the sea and not returned. Included is the Andrea Gail lost in the 1991 storm described by Sebastian Junger in The Perfect Storm.
Bill Rand, a boyhood friend of our Seattle friend Brad Bagshaw generously spent the morning showing us the Gloucester waterfront. His kindness jump started our energy for the trip south.
Bill and Brad learned to race at the Eastern Point Yacht Club of which Bill is now Rear Commodore. The Club’s lawn looks out on the vessels large and small.
The Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. Women now participate in the fisheries. Among them, Linda Greenlaw, Captain of the Hannah Boden, who was in contact with Andrea Gail before she went down.