A Schooner Lesson

Posted by Francesca

While we were in Maine, we took a little drive to Bar Harbor, that quaint and famous summer community on Mount Desert Island.  There are so many fun stores to window shop and plenty of good aromas coming from all of the restaurants.  And because it is a harbor, there is much to see on the waterfront.

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Will you look at that beautiful four-masted schooner here in Bar Harbor!

1 Will you look at that beautiful four-masted schooner here in Bar Harbor!

Sharkey, I believe the name of that ship is the Margaret Todd.

2 Sharkey, I believe the name of that ship is the Margaret Todd.

If my memory serves me correctly, it's 151' long and was designed by her owner, Captain Steven Pagels, who named it after his grandmother.  The Margaret Todd was launched on April 11, 1998.

3 If my memory serves me correctly, it's 151' long and was designed by her owner, Captain Steven Pagels, who named it after his grandmother. The Margaret Todd was launched on April 11, 1998.

I actually know quite a bit about this ship and you'd be interested, too, Uncle Carlos.  For example, the hull and deck are made of steel.

4 I actually know quite a bit about this ship and you'd be interested, too, Uncle Carlos. For example, the hull and deck are made of steel.

And native Maine spruce was used to make the wood topmasts, gaffs, and booms, which were custom crafted in nearby Southwest Harbor.

5 And native Maine spruce was used to make the wood topmasts, gaffs, and booms, which were custom crafted in nearby Southwest Harbor.

The four masts carry a total of nine sails.  The large sails are called, from front to back, the foresail, mainsail, mizzensail, and spankersail, which are also the names of the masts.

6 The four masts carry a total of nine sails. The large sails are called, from front to back, the foresail, mainsail, mizzensail, and spankersail, which are also the names of the masts.

The five smaller sails are the jib topsail, inner and outer jibs, staysail, and the spanker topsail.  The total sail area is an impressive 4,800 square feet!

7 The five smaller sails are the jib topsail, inner and outer jibs, staysail, and the spanker topsail. The total sail area is an impressive 4,800 square feet!

Francesca, GK and I are amazed at how much you know about this schooner!

8 Francesca, GK and I are amazed at how much you know about this schooner!

Well, here's the deal.  This windjammer has a very unique crew member called Maggie, who is a big, black Newfoundland dog.

9 Well, here's the deal. This windjammer has a very unique crew member called Maggie, who is a big, black Newfoundland dog.

I met Maggie one day here in Bar Harbor and she told me all about life on the Margaret Todd.  She's kind of a salty dog, if you know what I mean!

10 I met Maggie one day here in Bar Harbor and she told me all about life on the Margaret Todd. She's kind of a salty dog, if you know what I mean!

Maybe if we wait here long enough, we might run into Maggie again.  You'd like her.

11 Maybe if we wait here long enough, we might run into Maggie again. You'd like her.

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  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    I can almost smell the sea air you are educating this mountain girl so Miss Francesca. I loved reading the tribute from James and Lucinda for our Cora Belle. I hope you got to eat lots of Maple Bars with James on Father's Day, and that all my pals had lots of fun with their dads. I will be anxious to check back in and hear what you all did. Happy Monday, and thanks again for the ship education.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello GK, Sharkey and Francesca,
    Wonderful post this morning. Karen was on that schooner and she met Maggie too. Seeing pictures of Skyland is what prompted her to go to Bar Harbor. She went on a whale watching trip and all over that area. She loved it. You three must have a grand time when you are in Maine.
    Well, I am sooooooooo happy that we had such nice things to say on Friday. Zoe, glad that little trick worked. I hope you can get your mom up early every day. Rebel, I can picture you and Papa dancing. They should have a Dancing with the Dogs show. You would win. Kirby, I KNEW your comment would be wonderful. You are your dad have a very special bond. And the bee thing, wow. Karen likes stuff like that, when a person will go above and beyond for their pets. She is like that too. Abby, I can't imagine your grandpapa not liking you at first but just look how far he has come since then. He is a nice person. Hey Dudley, warmed up breakfast? We should call you King Dudley. Warmed breakfast, hmmm. Gives me something to think about at my houses. Cora-Belle, I bet James grinned from ear to ear when he read what you wrote about him. And then when he and Lucinda wrote about you. That was awesome. Karen said she had tears in her eyes and then she started laughing like crazy when they said you are naughty every day. Every day? 16 years of naughty every day? We should check with the Guiness Book of Records. I bet we could get you listed in there. That is quite an accomplishment. hehehehehehehe
    Soooooo, how did everyone make out this weekend? Can't wait to hear. Hey Zoe, where is Chloe? Is she in time out mode?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Sorry, I forgot to mention the human Glue Squad. I was thinking about all the wonderful things we four legged people said about our two legged people. I hope all of you had a very special weekend. Sonya, Delia, Gail, Lynn and anyone else I may have missed.
    Well, it is a nice cool morning. I am headed to the deck to think about another project the Glue Squad can participate in.
    Hey, Missy Chow are you in a time out with Chloe?
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F, S & GK

    It looks like you had a wonderful day in Bar Harbor. My mom and her sister keep talking about taking a girls weekend to visit that place I hope they decide to take me when they do go :)

    What a beautiful weekend here in South Jersey it was perfect. I got lots of pool time and yesterday we cooked dad surf and turf which he LOVED. He watched golf all weekend and hardly moved from his recliner. I think he had a wonderful Father's Day. I did get one time out yesterday but I just couldn't help myself. Mom went to church and I was checking out things in the closet and found a bag with all kinds of yarn. There were a few of these things that looked like chop sticks so I thought that meant you should eat whatever was attached. Come to find out it was something mom started to knit this past winter and I ran through the upstairs bedroom and bath with the chop stick in my mouth and left a really cool trail of yarn it was so much fun - mom didn't think so :( Oh and to top it off I left my trade mark - pulled some TP off the roll and chewed that up ;)

    Wait till you see my new chair. Well it's not actually for me but the grand kid but I've taken over the pink one. It has a little umbrella attached and it's perfect for me. Mom took some pictures so I'll try to send them in - just too cute.

    Well I think I'll go take a beauty nap - maybe dad is still in bed.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I was beginning to think you were really putting us on about that ship until you told us about Maggie. Do you have one of those porno; wait I mean “PHOTO” memories? How do you erase things anyway? I mean, you remember so much and tell us about it. That’s what friends are for; telling the good things and not the bad. Speaking of gossip, the girl next door; stop that now Kirby. You know that Daddy will take the keyboard away from you if he catches you. Now where was I? Oh yeah, Main is really an interesting place and I sure would enjoy being there with you three. I mean, there are two Frenchies and one Chow; how about two of each? I just know GK and I would get along just fine. Nap time already.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Ahoy there Maties!
    What a boat! Sure beats out our paddle boat! LOL!!!
    Sounds like everyone had a great weekend. The 2 leggers had ribs on the grill, a favorite macaroni salad and a strip-it-rich cake. Mimi want to know if any of you gals remember those from the 1970's? She made a yellow cake with chocolate pudding on the top.
    It was a holy cow cake! We had to hide from the children so they would eat lunch first! The kitties & I had a blast. Lots of chasing around, then we all napped.
    Don't fall in the water G.K., Frannie & Sharkey!
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+Glue Squad, I am so happy to see how great all three of you wonderful friends of ours look in these terrific photos of your visit to Bar Harbor! Franny, photo #1 sure shows how beautiful you eye looks now and it looks like a photo of Martha in the mirror near your beautiful head!! All 3 of you sweet hearts sure look healthy now and Uncle Carlos looks so happy, too! Love the information about the schooner and about Maggie! Sure would like to go up to Maine someday, especially to see all of you! Baby Favors, sure hope your mouth is OK after loosing that tooth! James and Lucinda, you sure are great parents to our special buddy Cora-Belle! Lynn, you are a superior commenter and I love reading yours everyday! Missy Chow, you sure had fun finding good food and I used to do that when I was a youngster! Sonya, Thanks for information about mice who love acorns and have ticks that cause Lyme disease-sure don't want to get near any of those mice! Professor Maddox, you are another super commenter who gives us such great ideas-thanks! Zoe, you did pretty good until you found the chop sticks-oops! Kirby, Delia, Rebel, etc. sure hope you had fun, too! Hope all of you have another great day! It's raining here right now and hope it stops soon! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Well Frannie, that first photo of you makes me want to sing "I can see clearly now, the cone is gone"! :)

    Anchors Aweigh! Are the 3 of you putting on a production of "South Pacific"! :)

    Oh oh....GK may be smitten with Miss Maggie! :)

    Beautiful visuals in today's entry!

    Have a super Monday
    gail

  • ..wow. Bar Harbor looks so cool..you are lucky doggies to go sight-seeing...sounds like all you fellow glue squaders had great days with your dads.. Zoe,the pink chair with the umbrella piques my interest..anxious to see a photo..Rebel...share the 70's cake recipe with us..Lucinda doesn't remember it..hmmm!..Dudley, is it ever going to quit raining..our end of the state has been really grey...KIrby, I bet you get a lot of attention when you travel..you chows are impressive..furry pretty guys...Lynn, we are baking more warrior Prince cookies..only these are going to my Chiweenie buddies..they are cookie hogs!.....I am going out side and do some barking..spotted some baby raccoons yesterday and they need to know the rules.no begging at the back door!!!..and Maddox I hate to admit it..but i am naughty every day..that is how this cattle dog rolls!..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • Good afternoon Sailor frenchies and Captain G.K.
    looks like fun sailing on a big schooner! I agree Dudley picture one seems to have Franny's people mom in the rear view mirror. I would love to get to Maine one day to see Bar Harbor.
    Mom worked all Sunday taking care of the boarder dogs. I barked and growled at some big shepherds, spinning around with my hair all raised. they think I'm a new form of tasmanian devil dog and leave me alone now! Cora Belle would be proud! Last night was a special steak dinner for my grand papa, needless to say I sampled some. Zoe, you make me laugh with all those funny t.p. adventures. Kirby, you would make a good sea captain with Maddox, Missy Chow, and all our glue squad chow buddies on board.
    Wow mom still is not feeling well with her stomach pain and head ache so I have to go give her some c and c time. Hospital tests are negative so far.
    Keep your paws crossed. Hugs to rebel, Chloe, Sonya, Delia and Kitty, Jan, Dudley, Professor Maddox, Zoe, Kris and Nicky, Liam, Lynn and all my friends- Abby

  • ..Abby, hope your mom is feeling better..not good when our people are sick..but just having you to snuggle with will do wonders...and good job with the shepherds! ..what are missy chow and chloe up to?and of course the naughty little kitty?..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • Shiver me timbers don't the three of you look sea worthy and ready for the open waters. You three look great along the water and those boats. You sure do know your schooners Frannypants.

    Those wildfires out West are certainly scary. I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. Sounds like a good weekend for everyone- Rebel and the kitties running around. Some of us were up to their usual fun mischief (ahem you know who you are :wink: ) Cora Belle, that is such a sweet letter from James and Lucinda. They love you so much! :smile:

  • It's interesting that you like Maggie the Newfie, Raven baby. When you were just a wee little baby you had a Newfie friend named Deuce who helped look after all the Frenchies. He was a nice boy who I had known from when I was just a little baby Favor. He is at the Rainbow Bridge now. He was kind of a funny Newfie, though, because he was not a fan of the water-- I don't think he would have liked Maggie's job. It was very hot here today and I wish I could have been on a schooner out in the cool lake. I had to count on Mom letting me play with the hose instead.

  • What a great place to visit! Uncle Carlos sure has a great job! ;-)

    ~d

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