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Last Sunset?

Ever since sometime between 1884 and 1892 the Tarr & Wonson paint factory has marked the entrance to Gloucester’s inner harbor, its waterside labeled with a fading declaration of its long silenced function “Manufactory.” It is perhaps the last surviving relic of Gloucester’s days of maritime might. (Now it’s pretty much a massive Gorton’s plant and art galleries. Such is progress.) As such the building is a cherished and much fought over symbol. Today is either the beginning of the end or the start of preservation. Locals tell us that the building is beyond repair. Officially demolition crews started demolishing two additions. It seems it is better to demolish and rebuild rather than deal with lead, copper and arsenic removal. Asbestos removal has already been done as it had to be prior to demolition.

Allegedly, the project will wait until more funds are available. At that time the buildings will be restored or rebuilt to their original appearance. In the meantime, perhaps the local contractor who worries about the whole thing coming down on its own isn’t off base. Too bad it has to be a treasured old friend to boaters around here.

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First Light – Last Stop

Another summer runs its course pretty much according to standard format. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted to do or intended, had to scramble a bit at the end to do things that we could have and perhaps should have done earlier and, in the end, a good time was had by all.

An early morning visit to Portland Head Light is a nice way to stage one’s exit from Maine. It on the grounds of an excellent city park open from sunrise to sunset. Ten minutes after sunrise, it was open and active. People came to jog, walk their dogs and, of course, to photograph the lighthouse. We had co-operative lighting and almost co-operative wave action. Swells from Katia were advertised to give us some action on the rocks but only minimally as it turned out. That’s OK as early morning light coming in just at water level makes them appear to be more than they are.

Time to head south.

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Bye Bye Summer

Last days of summer are winding down. Last days of Maine trip are winding down. The gardens of Portland’s Victorian era residential neighborhood pleasantly cling to late summer color while reminding us this really isn’t summer. Flower beds are a terminally shaggy. Color comes into trees. Apples litter the ground.

Seas are settling down so we can boogie south in a couple days. Quick. Quick. Before we leave we must rush to do things we probably could have done pretty much at any time. ┬áDo a tour of Portland’s museums and galleries. Try to do artsy tartsy images of decaying pilings downtown. And of course the there’s Portland Head Light, advertised to be one of the most photographed light houses in Maine, in the US, ever – you take your pick. My excuse is that to get a good image the weather and light need to be good. Tomorrow we should have partially cloudy skies and left good sea swells from Katia so maybe a good days for waves and rocks.

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