SHIVER ME TIMBERS

September 03, 2013  •  3 Comments

I am a seventh-generation Midcoast Mainer, on both sides of my family.  My mother's family were the Cries, of Criehaven, Crie Hardware, etc in the Rockland/Thomaston area.  My father's family had a house full of sea chests, sailors' gear and even a model ship built by my great-great grandfather, Captain Henry Atherton Starrett, who sailed cargo ships around the world and later based his family in Belfast.  It's in me blood.  BUT...  I've lived in many other places, including Vermont, Montana, overseas,  in a major city....all (gasp) inland. I can barely tie a bowline. I get on the water quite often, but it's photography, not sailing proficiency, that gets me there.  The need for the smell of salt in the air and the nuances of wind, weather and light have stayed with me. But the skills and traditions are disappearing, even from families like mine.  The windjammers are mainly a tourist-based industry now and so is the Camden Windjammer Festival.  It's a small part of the culture here which supports all the ways we connect to the mountains meeting the sea.  Many thanks to those who work so hard to make this festival and so many other events a reality.  I needed some new images for Cape Air and the Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce for next year.  Here are a few portraits of the people and pets I met during the shoot. windjammer festival 13

I am grateful that we were able to raise our children in a coastal environment and I hope that our grandchildren will continue to see schooners in the water, not just as miniatures in a glass case.  Here's the bow of the Lewis R French.windjammer festival 13

Headquartered at Graffam Brothers Harborside Restaurant, which was the festival sponsor for the Pen Bay Pilot, Holly Edwards (above), Lynda Clancy and others, provided full, almost instantaneous coverage of the 3-day festival.

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has devoted his life and art to maritime themes and fantasies. No stranger to the realities of the climate, he was down at the public landing in Camden at 2 a.m. Saturday morning when a strong wind and thunderstorm blew through. The work was not damaged, but some of the materials for the children's art workshops were on the soggy side. Smith also has a long-time association with the Sweet Chariot Music Festival on Swans Island.  Many of the schooners here sail to Swans for the sea chanties and musical performances each August.windjammer festival 13 The crate race is one of the most popular events at the Camden Windjammer Festival. Advantages go to those who are light and quick.windjammer festival 13

The focus of a five-year-old crate racerwindjammer festival 13 This dog helped Rick Bates supervise the races. Bates is the new Town Manager for Rockport and also Captain of the smallest Appledorewindjammer festival 13 Bridget Qualey and Saphrona Stetson, long-time local sailors, literally brought the kitchen sink as part of their woodstove cooking displaywindjammer festival 13 It's never too early to introduce the next generation to the ways of the waterwindjammer festival 13 Members of the West Bay Rotary Club relax at Graffam's after working at the Chowder Challengewindjammer festival 13 Pirates at Graffam's steal the First Place Best Chowder award this year Ready for the Sea Dog Showwindjammer festival 13 Ready for the Sea Dog Show, organized by P.A.W.S. this yearwindjammer festival 13 Plein air painters surrounded the harbor throughout the festival. Here's a painting in progress by Eric Glass of painter Michael Vermettewindjammer festival 13 The Build-A-Boat Race participants designed and built their boats from scratch during the festival windjammer festival 13 Jen Martin and Courtney King take a break on their family-owned schooner, Mary Day, before the Open Housewindjammer festival 13 A battle raged between the Royal British Navy and Pirates of the Dark Rose. Sky the parrot was visiting with a pirate from southern Maine.

Everyone survived and will be back for next year's celebration of the Midcoast's maritime history and culture. Many more photos here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Louisette(non-registered)
Wonderfull fotos in album, nice Parrot, greeting from Belgium
KH Macomber(non-registered)
I second Holly's comments! Fun to see your many and varied subjects, across your website and blog posts. Glad my big sister forwarded the link to your amazing photography to another branch of the Crie family tree!

xo Kristin
holly butterman and blessed to be Marti's cousin on the Crie side !(non-registered)
This photo blog essay is awesome Marti .. it is so full of life .. and so full of the beauty of the coast of Maine. Your talent behind the lens has been obvious to me for a few years now .. and I'm blessed to have had a wonderful day in Union this past early spring to photograph my dog family with you .. a gift I will cherish for all my life. Can't wait to share this great work of yours ... Much love from the Sierra's
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