Articles by: John Gold

John R. Ulanowski, 80

September 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Plymouth, Mass. John Richard Ulanowski was born in Boston on May 29, 1939, the son of John Ulanowski and Nellie Shereika. His father was a machinist at the Fore River Shipyard, and his mother a homemaker. When the family moved to Marshfield, Mass., boats and boating became father and son’sRead More

That’s a doggone nice photo

September 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

This picture was taken in Mistake Harbor, way Downeast, by Points East contributor Christopher Birch. The wooden trawler in the background, Serianna, was built and is still owned by wooden-boat guru and broker Bill Page. He’s something of a legend and I had a very pleasant chat with him aboutRead More

Sunrise, sunset… show us your colors!

September 3, 2019 at 9:04 am

September is prime cruising weather, especially when the days begin and end with such lovely colors. Here are some from our very own Lynn Whitney! Above, sunrise on the Fox Island Thorofare taken through the boathouse doors. At right, sunset on Perry’s Creek. We’d love to see some from youRead More

A view from the top (of the bridge)

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

As experienced boaters know, there is much more to an outing than packing a picnic basket, picking out a destination, and heading out into the wide blue yonder. A good captain should have a lot on his or her mind: One must consider the weather, currents, the marina and berthRead More

East vs. West: It’s all about the boats

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

The sign hanging over the front counter of the Islander Grocery at Lummi Island in Puget Sound reads “Keep Lummi Weird.” Nearly three thousand miles from my familiar islands back home in Maine and New Hampshire, this sign captures the essence of a common island spirit that makes these placesRead More

Not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood saga

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Maiden” directed by Alex Holmes. Perf. Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, and Mikaela Von Koskull. New Black Films 2019. In theaters now. Movie review by Molly Mulhern For Points East You may have heard that the movie “Maiden” is recently out in wide release in the U.S. Not your usual HollywoodRead More

September: Guess the harbor, win a hat!

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick aRead More

La Dolce Vita

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

And it was a sweet life indeed aboard the 41-foot Concordia yawl Dolce, on a delivery from Boston to the Newport Boat Brokerage Show to be sold. No one bought her, but that isn’t my story.

After the boys (and girls) of summer have gone

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

The title of this piece is obviously a riff on the signature line from Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” a song that doesn’t get too much airplay anymore, but that all these years later (it was originally released in 1984) still affects me when I hear it. It’s theRead More

Edison’s other bright idea

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

In 1879, electricity innovator Thomas Edison baked cotton strands and bamboo splinters at high temperatures in order to carbonize them into a filament that could resist extreme temperatures. Can you say “carbon fiber?”