Last of the Whaling Ships Sails Again

As a child our family spent time aboard an old, wood Chris Craft and we would often tie up inside Mystic Seaport for the weekend. When all the guests had gone and the sun went down, my three siblings and I would explore the seaport and inevitably end up at the ancient whale ship, Charles [...]

World’s Last Wooden Whaling Ship

The Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last wooden whaling vessel, has just undergone a five year, $10 million rebuilding project. The ship is currently docked in New London and is being outfitted for its historic 38th sailing voyage which is scheduled to take place on June 14th. the historic ship will be open to the [...]

MAHOGANY DREAMS

The ninth coat of marine varnish was applied to the 1942 Chris Craft Special Runabout inside Boyd Mefferd’s boat restoration shop in Canton. The mahogany decks gleamed in the north light spilling in through the giant windows and the rich, red wood looked almost three-dimensional. The 17’ classic boat will be done soon, a four-year [...]

From Popes To Saints

While Pope John Paul II was canonized a Saint at the Vatican in Rome Sunday, students and families from Pope John Paul II School in New Britain attended Mass at Holy Cross Church, to pray for their patron saint and to re-dedicate their school to him. More than 900 attended the Sunday mass which was [...]

Final Four At The Buzzer: A Photogs View

Seconds left, Boatright has the ball. UConn is going to win the national championship. My mind is racing. Who do I focus on at the buzzer? There are 20 photographers on my side of the court, some of the best sports shooters in the country. Probably 90-100 cameras between us all. But not one photographer [...]

Final Four Friday: One Day to Go

The UConn men’s basketball team entered the massive AT&T Stadium for practice Friday and were in awe of the 80,000 seat venue. This place is HUGE! The stage is set for their Final Four semi-final game against Florida Saturday night. Stay tuned! VIEW MORE FINAL FOUR PHOTOS HERE

MSG: A Moment In Time

Jim Calhoun was holding court again Wednesday at Madison Square Garden reminiscing about the great UConn moments at the historic arena. The Hall of Fame coach talked about two images that are burned into his brain, the 1988 photo of Jeff King and Phil Gamble sitting atop the backboard after winning the 1988 NIT Championship, [...]

UConn NCAA: Sweet Win!

The game ended after midnight Saturday in Buffalo and the players were exhausted. The refs were beat, the crowd was thinning and the photographers were wired. UConn beat their old Big East opponent, Villanova inside the First Niagara Center. UConn will advance to the Sweet-16 at Madison Square Garden next week. Villanova goes back to [...]

NCAA: Take It Up A Notch

It’s one and done. We have heard it all before. If you lose, you go home. There is so much pressure and so much emotion on the floor during the NCAA tournament that it brings basketball to a whole new level. UConn won ultimately last night but played badly for most of the game. My [...]

Yankees Spring Training/Jeter’s Last

Spring training is in full swing at the Yankees spring training ball park in Tampa, Florida. Fans are able to see their players, albeit through a fence, and in some cases, get an autograph. Derek Jeter, who announced that this would be his last season, played for the first time this season and there was [...]

UConn Men Just Get By The USF Bulls

The UConn men traveled to Tampa Wednesday for a rematch with the University of South Florida, a team they beat by more than 40 points a week ago. They almost lost this one. Shabazz Napier showed why he is an All-American and won it in the final minute. The game must have given Coach Ollie [...]

South Church Facelift

The steeple of the venerable South Church, damaged during storm Sandy in 2012, is about to undergo a major restoration project with scaffolding being erected this week. The historic Congregational church was built in 1827 and is third oldest public building in Hartford. The original church, then known as the Second Church of Christ, dates [...]

UConn Gets Revenge

The UConn men overpowered the Houston Cougars for a AAC rematch at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night, a team they lost to on New Year’s Eve. UConn dominated the entire game and won, 80-43. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

Aerial Silks

Air Temple in New Haven is an aerial dance and circus studio located in the renovated Trolley Square building on State St. It is a place to learn the aerial art forms of trapeze, aerial silks, and lyra (aerial hoop), as well as traditional circus arts such as contortion, tumbling, juggling, partner acrobatics, and hand [...]

Dreaming About Boats

It’s 10 degrees out. The best way to ignore frozen toes and fingers is to dream about going sailing or fishing on a nice warm day on Long island Sound. The 45th Annual CMTA Hartford Boat Show opens on Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Ct. Convention Center. Shrink wrapped boats on trailers waited [...]

When Big Storms Hit

When major storms hit the state, most people head home. Photojournalists do not. The worse the weather gets, the longer we stay out trying to document the weather event. Unfortunately our best photos need to have people in them and the only people crazy enough to be out in hurricane force winds are the photographers. [...]

Mortensen’s Closes After 37 Years

Mortensen’s Ice Cream & Restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike closed New Years Eve day after 37 years  and will be converted to a Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant. Getting back to their roots, the Mortensens will run an ice cream only store in the back. An open house was held New Year’s Day so loyal customers [...]

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

The first real snow fall of the season dropped approx. 5-6″ of snow in the area leaving many to believe that we just might have a white Christmas this year. VIEW MORE PHOTOS HERE

Manchester Gets New Tree To Light

When Storm Sandy destroyed the old Norwegian Spruce on the St. James Church lawn in 2012, it was removed and a new 20′ tall Balsam Fir was planted in its place. Hundreds turned out Thursday night for Manchester’s annual Tree Lighting ceremony to watch the new tree light up as well as sing carols and [...]

UConn Women Cruise Once More

The UConn women met Ohio State University at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, taking part in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge tournament Sunday night. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

Welcome Home USS Dallas

In a tradition dating back to sailing ships, the Navy warship homecoming ceremony lives on. The USS Dallas, a Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine came home to Groton Monday from its final deployment after 30 years of service. Hundreds of anxious wives, children, mothers and fathers waited in the bitter cold for their loved [...]

New Britain Tribute to JFK

The New Britain Ancient Order of Hibernians honored the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with a wreath laying ceremony at the JFK monument in Walnut Hill Park on Friday. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

20th Holiday Train Show

The 20th Annual Holiday Train Show at the Ct. River Museum in Essex is created by Steven Cryan, a local maritime and railroad artist and master model train builder. The 26’ long and 8’ wide layout has thousands of model vehicles, people and buildings in addition to twelve trains running at all times. Every inch [...]

UConn Blows Out Detroit 101-55

The UConn men met Detroit at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night and won, 101-55. Up by 40 points in the second half, Coach Kevin Ollie allowed his entire bench to get into the game. VIEW MORE