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May 11, 2013

Talk of the Times: City lands its launch service boat

Talk of the Times

A launch service boat for the city Gloucester – a vessel and a service that some city officials have literally sought for years — is finally ready for duty, and will be formally christened and launched in a ceremony set for Sunday, May 19.

The boat, which was delivered to the city and to Rose Marine on Thursday and is geared toward shuttling visiting boaters from their moorings in Gloucester Harbor to and from the city’s downtown and other site, is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company, Waterways Board Chairman Tony Gross and Harbormaster James Caulkett said in an announcement about the vessel’s arrival.

“This launch service will provide boaters a convenient gateway to Gloucester’s shops, museums, the Rocky Neck and the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural Districts, restaurants and shore-side amenities,” added Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk.

The launch will provide cruising boaters with a safe option for bringing bulky loads to and from shore – including laundry to the laundromat, groceries, or a mechanical part that was repaired in one of Gloucester’s marine repair shops. As a cruiser’s port-of-call, Gloucester also has showers available for $2 at the YMCA for those who really want more than a sailor’s shower.

Visiting boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

The formal christening of the launch boat as “The Gloucesterman” will be held Sunday, May 19, at noon at the Harbormaster’s Dock on Harbor Loop. Rides will be available — weather permitting.

It’s mail food drive day

Remember, when your letter carrier delivers your mail today, he or she will be looking to pick up your contributions to the carriers’ annual food drive as well.

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