Model of Famous Schooner Unveiled in Cape Ann, MA

Erik Ronnberg’s latest masterpiece, the Gloucester fishing schooner Elsie. Photo Courtesy Cape Ann Museum. William E. “Wilber’’ James’s family owned ships. Erik Ronnberg’s father worked on ships, first as a mate and later as a rigger. The 2 men met at Sunday school in Rockport when they were 5 and 6, and they have been friends ever since. James became a venture capitalist, Ronnberg a master ship modeler. Now they have come together to preserve a piece of local maritime history.

“Part of the great joy about the Elsie is it was probably the best, fastest, most successful Gloucester schooner ever,’’ James said.

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