As America's oldest seaport, and the historic capital of the nation's fishing industry, the defining aspects of Gloucester is indeed its seafaring heritage. And it's often sad when any portion of that heritage is lost.

That's why it's so good to get the news when a piece of Gloucester's heritage can be reclaimed — and that's what's happened, thanks in large part to the efforts of Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center board president Geoffrey Richon, and a few other folks who encouraged him in his weekend quest.

For the sum of $6,932.25 — don't forget that quarter — Richon acquired at auction the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy that had been won in 1930 by the Goucester-based schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud in a race with Nova Scotia's Bluenose. And his auction victory means that the historic trophy — which the auctioneer hinted to Richon would likely be headed for England or elsewhere if he hadn't matched the phone bids — is indeed back where it belongs. That's not only in Gloucester, but it will soon be on display at the Maritime Heritage Center, where visitors to the harbor Loop facility will be able to view it as well.

Congratulations go out to Richon and to the heritage center for their special catch — with a note of thanks as well for bringing this important prize from Gloucester's schooner heritage back home.

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