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Page 22. MAINE COASTAL NEWS June 2013

HISTORY FROM THE PAST - Miscellaneous News from the Bangor Commercial Maritime History

21 February 1901 Crew All Glad to be Alive.

Men on the CLARA JANE Abandoned all Hope – Calais Schooner in Awful Gale.

Chatham, February 21. – The little eastern schooner CLARA JANE, of Calais, Maine, for Boothbay, with a cargo of coal, was off the Orleans life saving station Wednesday in distress, having passed through a more eventful night than generally comes to coasters along this coast. She was boarded by the Orleans life saving crew, at an early hour.

The schooner’s predicament had been noticed by the patrolman of the Nauset and Caboon’s Hollow life saving stations as the little vessel was slowly creeping down the coast before daylight, and Capt. Charles and crew of the Orleans station had their boat

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arsenal of aircraft squadrons. “We are proud to be a part of another

historic fi rst for Naval Aviation. The landing was spot-on and it’s impressive to witness the evolution of the Carrier Air Wing,” said Capt. Brian E. Luther, Commanding Offi cer USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) The various launch and landing oper- ations of the X-47B on the fl ight deck of George H. W. Bush signify historic events for naval aviation history. These demonstra- tions display the Navy’s readiness to move forward with unmanned carrier aviation operations.

Capt. Jaime Engdahl, program man- ager for Unmanned Combat Air Systems program offi ce, said, “When we operate in a very dynamic and harsh carrier environ- ment, we need networks and communication

into the water when dawn revealed the signal of distress fl ying from fl apping shrouds. From shore the vessel showed her dismantled condition. Her topmast was gone and her jibs were hanging in the water. In less than an hour the life savers gained the vessel, and immediately started to get the craft into a safe place for anchorage and then cleared up the wreckage on deck. Capt. Maroney said: “We have tried in vain to round Cape Cod for a month, and now, when it seemed that we were to be successful, we are back here in a worse condition than ever, and after passing through a night of horror on the shores off the Race.” We left New York, January 20, so you can imagine something about our trip. The fi rst part passed off at right but after reaching Vineyard Sound we were compelled to seek shelter at Hyannis. Then came a succession of heavy gales and

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links that have high integrity and reliability to ensure mission success and provide precise navigation and placement of an unmanned vehicle.” “Today, we have demonstrated this with the X-47B, and we will continue to demonstrate, consistent, reliable, repeatable touch-down locations on a moving carrier fl ight deck,” he continued. “This precision relative navigation technology is key to en- suring future unmanned systems can operate off our aircraft carriers.”

The UCAS-D program plans to conduct shore-based arrested landings of the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River in the coming months before fi nal carrier-based arrestments later in 2013. George H.W. Bush is currently con- ducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthening the Navy’s forward operating and war fi ghting ability.

the days of intense cold, which closed up the harbors, so we could not sail. “Monday seemed an ideal day, so we got under way and passed down by Pollock Rip late in the afternoon. It was then clear, and only a moderate wind. We crowded on what sail the vessel had, and rejoiced that the course could be laid across Massachusetts bay to our home port. Late in the evening the wind freshened a little, and dark clouds made up in the northwest, but we didn’t think they would amount to anything, so kept on the sail.

“Just before midnight when we were off Race point, a heavy squall struck us, which was terrible in the severity, and it seemed for a time as if it would tear the little vessel into kindling wood. She stood it well, however, for a time, and if we could have got some of the sail off of her I think she would have rode it over without any serious trouble, but this was impossible, and we put all of our exertions into easing her on the wind all we could.

“Heavy seas continually boarded us as the schooner lost her headway, and things movable about the deck were going in all

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gine has not been chosen.

Over the winter they repaired a number of local commercial fi shing boats. Most of this was done after hours and on weekends, but it was getting to be too much so now they are just fi tting them where possible.

Beal’s Boat Shop in Milbridge has sent a Crowley 36 kit to Bremen; and a 23 Beal hull to Brunswick. They presently have an- other 23 kit going and are fi nishing another for a local customer to take down to Florida.

directions, threatening the lives of the crew who were trying to manage the craft and also putting them in constant danger of being washed overboard. Many times we made the attempt to get those topsails off, but it was useless. The vessel plunged heavily, and the crashing seas made her shiver from stem to stern, and many times as she was hove well down on her beam ends it seemed to us as if she would never rise again.

“The squall was peculiar in the after

the fi rst hard rap it lulled for three or four minutes and then started in again this time even more severe than the fi rst, if any such thing could be. It seemed to take the vessel off the water, and then throw her down; this was more than she could stand, after the previous hard raps, and almost immediately the wire rigging began to buckle. “We thought it was all day with us when the foretapmast went and when the rigging was swinging in the gale over our heads. In a moment more the foremast head went off with a crash, and bending the other topmast over like a whalebone whip.

“When all this gear came to the deck I thought it would punch a hole right through the craft. All of our jibs went into the water, and we were left on an angry sea in a serious position. Shouting to my men to look out for their lives and wait for the squall to pass. I encouraged them, and for another 15 minutes we huddled about the craft in as safe positions as we could fi nd.

“All this time, of course, the vessel was in the trough of the sea, and with tons of water beating on her deck, and it seemed every moment to us that she would go to the bottom. How she stayed up is a mystery, and I am thankful to be here alive.

“After the squall was over we drifted

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MCN's Calendar of Coastal Events Continued from Page 4. or call 207.443.1316, ext 0.

26 Boat Cruise: Windjammer Days Cruise

1000 to 1600

Maine Maritime Museum Bath

youth (6-16) $30

Nonmembers - $50; members $45; Cruise from Bath to Boothbay

Harbor, tour the town then re-embark for an up-close on the water view of Maine’s Windjammer Fleet. To purchase tickets or for more information visit or call 207.443.1316, ext 0.

26-27 Workshop: Building the Adiron- dack Chair

1300 – 1600 hrs

Maine Maritime Museum Bath

Nonmembers $130; members $120 Build a beautiful chair from the cedar used to plank boats in the MMM boat shop. With stainless-steel fastenings your chair will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. Plus use the patterns you get to make more. No experience necessary. Register by June 12. To enroll or for more information visit www.MaineMariti- or call 207.443.1316, ext 0.

27 Lecture: “A Storm Too Soon” by Author Michael Tougias 1800 hrs.

Maine Maritime Museum Bath

Nonmembers $7; members $5 Award winning author discusses the incident related in his latest book, a 2007 disaster at sea that led to one of the largest and most intense rescues in U.S. Coast Guard history. Book signing follows. To purchase tickets or for more information visit or call 207.443.1316, ext 0.

29 Moosebec Reach Lobster Boat Races

U. S. Coast Guard Station Jonesport

Info: E. Blackwood (207) 598-6681

29 Harraseeket Regatta Harraseeket Yacht Club South Freeport

30 Long Island Lobster Boat Races Long Island

Info: Lisa (207) 3968/Amy (207) 317-1576


4 Schooner Trophy Race Portland Yacht Club Falmouth

6 Ron Gibbons Memorial Regatta Kittery Point Yacht Club Kittery Point

13 Searsport Lobster Boat Races Searsport Town Dock Searsport

Info: Keith & Travis Otis (207) 548-6362

13-14 Monhegan Race Finish at Camden Portland Yacht Club Falmouth

13-14 Hospice of Maine Regatta Southwest Harbor

14 Stonington Lobster Boat Races Town Dock Stonington Info: Nick Wiberg, (207) 348-2375

20 Friendship Lobster Boat Races Barge middle of harbor Friendship Info: Wes Lash, Jr. (207) 832-7807

20-21 Rockland-Castine Regatta Rockland & Castine Yacht Clubs Rockland and Castine

21-22 John Paul Jones Overnight Regatta Kittery Point Yacht Club Kittery Point

27-28 Seguin Island Trophy Race Southport Yacht Club Southport Island

27-28 Solo/Twin Race Rockland Yacht Club Rockland

28 Harpswell Lobster Boat Races Barge off Mitchell Field Harpswell

Info: Henry Barnes, (207) 725- 2567

31 Castine Class Yacht Symposium Delano Auditorium, 1600 hrs. Maine Maritime Academy Castine

Info: (212) 471-4709

AUGUST 1 Castine Classic Yacht Race Castine to Camden Info: (212) 471-4709

2 Camden to Brooklin Yacht Race

3 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta WoodenBoat Waterfront Brooklin

3 Whaleback Regatta Kittery Point Yacht Club Kittery Point

3-4 Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta

Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Boothbay Harbor

4 Tom Morris Memorial Pursuit Race

Northeast Harbor Fleet Northeast Harbor

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