Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg, Jr. to receive Edgar B. Caffrey Award

Tribute to a career dedicated to maritime heritage; ceremony on August 24, 2019

Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Sr. (1909–1988) and Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944), Model of 1902 Mackerel Seiner Schooner Benjamin W. Latham, with Seine Boat, Cape Ann Museum, Gift of Earl Felton Harris, 1998 (1998.6)

The Cape Ann Museum’s esteemed Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., who for many years worked as a shipmodel maker on Cape Ann, will be receiving the Edgar B. Caffrey Award during the 37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 24-25, 2019 at the Hawthorne Marina in Salem, Mass.  The award will be conferred on Saturday August 24 at 11am. 

Ronnberg, the son of a Swedish-born Master Mariner who arrived in America in 1939, grew up in a household where he and his father would make shipmodels together.  After graduating with a degree in biology, Ronnberg decided to pursue a career in model making, firstly as an apprentice at the Newark Museum and then as an Assistant Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  Today Ronnberg’s models are in many private collections and Museums including the Smithsonian Institution, MIT Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Cape Ann Museum.

A model (above) made by Ronnberg together with his father is currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum as part the Museum’s recently opened “Homer at the Beach” exhibition which features 51 works by original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The exhibition is the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The Cape Ann Museum will be the sole venue for this exhibition, which includes loans from some 50 public and private collections.

Following a decline in the shipmodel market in 2014, Ronnberg joined the Cape Ann Museum as Maritime Curator and has carried out extensive research about the Museum’s Fishing and Maritime industry collections.  Ronnberg’s deep maritime knowledge was instrumental most recently in preparations for the “Homer at the Beach” exhibition, and his research and writings were integral to the Museum’s creation of an online catalogue raisonne of the works by Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), a Gloucester born artist who is today known as America’s preeminent marine artist of the mid-19th century. 

“We applaud Erik for this award in recognition of his lifelong passion and deep maritime knowledge,” said Oliver Barker as Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “This is a wonderful accolade for Erik who is one of the most highly regarding model makers in the country” said Barker.

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Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery Clean-up Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am

Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery Clean-up

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am 

1052R Washington St, Gloucester, MA (red icon on map)

All Hands Needed!

Map of 1052R Washington St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Please bring work/gardening gloves, bug spray, and wear long pants and if you can, any of the following yard tools:

a rake, a gas or battery-operated weed whacker, loppers, or

weeding buckets, large black heavy-duty plastic bags for leaves and weeds, or

old tarps for collecting and moving debris to a central location, or

lawn mower , or wheel barrow

Questions? Contact ckellyca@gmail.com

Gravestone Preservation Workshop

Gloucester Cemeteries Advisory Committee would like to share with the community news about an upcoming August preservation workshop in Gloucester.

Gravestone Preservation Workshop August 3 and 4 of 2018 at Clark’s Cemetery and First Parish Burial Grounds, Gloucester, MA.  This 2-day workshop will provide basic information and hands-on skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not be repeated. Participants are welcome to attend either or both days.  For detailed information on this workshop please visit http://ptn.org Cost: $100 for 1 day or $150 for both days. The restoration instructors are donating their services and the workshop monies will be used to fund the Christopher P. Robinson Scholarship Fund.  Contact Info: Moss Rudley: mossrudley@yahoo.com (304-261-1748) or Jon Appell: jwappell@gmail.com (860-558-2785)

Boating Classes and Halloween Fun at Maritime Gloucester!

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Marine Halloween III – Tide of Planktonstein

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015, 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM, REGISTRATION : $7 PER CHILD FOR NON-MEMBERS, FREE FOR MEMBERS, AUDIENCE: PREK – 12 YEARS WITH PARENT/GUARDIAN.  Get ready for marine science and mad science during our third annual Marine Halloween party!  Click here for full info and registration.

Announcing the 2016 Boat Captain’s & Safe Boating Classes at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester has once again partnered with Boatwise to offer a series of Captain’s Courses and Safe Boating Basics and Navigation Classes. All courses and classes will take place in Maritime Gloucester’s Robbins Classroom. Descriptions, dates and tuition are listed below. Class hours are Saturday and Sunday 8:30a-5:30p and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00p-10:00p. Register through Boatwise HERE.