Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks

The schedule is as follows:

9:00 am Cape Ann Museum

11:15 am Sawyer Free Library

1:45 am Gloucester Marine Heritage Center

6 pm Cape Ann Art Haven

The Society for Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS,) in partnership with several Gloucester-based cultural institutions and businesses, announces a special event with a focus on Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks, Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure novel, and film adaptation, featuring Gloucester fishermen. The all-day event will take place at downtown Gloucester locations, all within a short walk from each other: the Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Cape Ann Art Haven and Cape Ann Community Cinema.

The Captains Courageous Festival will also include related programs, tours and children’s activities at participating venues and organizations. The event will culminate with a performance by Three Sheets to the Wind, a group of Cape Ann musicians and sea shanty singers affiliated with the Schooner Adventure, immediately followed by a 7:30pm screening of Captains Courageous (1937) featuring Spencer Tracy’s Academy Award-winning performance, at Cape Ann Community Cinema.

Community volunteers of all ages will read 10-minute segments from Kipling’s 19th century sea-faring story. Harvey Cheyne, a spoiled rich boy, falls from the deck of a luxury liner and is rescued by a dory fisherman with ‘We’re Here,’ a Gloucester schooner working in the Grand Banks. Aboard the boat Harvey learns about hard work, about courage, and about life.

Community volunteers of all ages are invited to read segments of the book; volunteers to help with the event are welcome.

CONTACT: 978-546-3415 or 202-255-2928