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The Closeteer: Launch in Newbury honors a worthy craft

Six-year-old Coral Withe leaning against Centennial II on the Fourth of July said, “This is beautiful.” Assembled family and friends, gathered for the launching of builder Dan Noyes’ copy of a famous sailing dory, agreed. Last year, Dan and the old Closeteer visited the first Centennial at Cape Ann’s lovely museum near City Hall in Gloucester. In 1776, patriotic fisherman Alfred Johnson built and then sailed her across the Atlantic to the country we had broken away from a century before. Dan carefully took the measurements off Johnson’s still intact 20-foot dory while the Closeteer roamed the museum, admiring other boats and fishing schooner models of note, and especially Fitz Henry Lane’s well-known paintings of Gloucester harbor in the days of sail. A year passed as Dan’s new Centennial II, still not yet named, took shape in his small boat shop. Finally, almost finished, she was launched at high tide the morning of July 4, 2017, 241 years after our nation’s independence had been so bravely declared. click here to read the story 09:13

Tacoma Shipyard J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. launches a 184-foot F/V Northern Leader

2017507747Published on Jan 26, 2013 At 05:30 just around high tide, J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. Launched the F/V Northern Leader. The 184-foot high tech fishing vessel is capable of holding over 1000 tons of Cod. Deployed in the Bearing Sea, the Northern Leader is operated by 31 persons and can deploy a long line over 45 miles. With hooks every 4 feet, the total number the line can hold is around 76,000 individual hooks. It is powered with five Caterpillar generators supplying two 1000 Kilo Watt Schottle Z drive electric motors. The hold is refrigerated with 3, 150 hp compressors reducing the temperature down as low as -25 degrees F. As one of the most environmentally friendly fishing boats, it will take about 30 days to complete a catch. This boat will set a new trend in fishing. Watch video  fore, Watch video  aft.