THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER
Volume 23 Issue 5 May 2010
U.S. Postage Paid, #256 Bangor, Maine 04401
Maine Coastal News
LOOKING FOR A GREAT VACATION? GO WINDJAMMING!
The three masted schooner VICTORY CHIMES sailing off Stonington.
ROCKLAND – With the economy still ques- tionable many people will not be traveling far for their summer vacation. As many did last year, they roamed the coast, but most over- looked one of the best experiences the coast offers, cruising on a windjammer for a three, four or seven day trip.
How would you like to cruise along some of the most beautiful coastline in the world? Most of the schooners sail around Penobscot Bay. Just think of a nice warm summer day, with a light sou’west breeze sailing among the numerous islands, and then anchoring in a quiet harbor for the evening. Just think what it would be like with no alarm clock, cell phone or computer. If that is not enough to entice you, how would you like to eat great Downeast cook- ing? One thing that all the schooners are known for is their food. You will be served great meals and most will serve lobster at least once on a voyage.
If you are nostalgic, how would you like to experience what it was like to sail on the coasting schooners of yester-year? You can even participate as part of the crew, hauling up the anchor and then setting and trimming the sails. Fortunately you will be sailing in the summer months so you will not experience those horrendous gales and below zero tem- peratures day after day. Remember, back in the 1800s children, no more than 12 or 13 would run away from home to go to sea. Many worked their way from the fo’c’sle to the
quarter deck and on to command of a vessel by the age of 20.
Just before World War II several coastal schooners were given a new life when they were converted to carrying passengers. Over the years cruising on the windjammers has been pretty popular. Those that are sailing the coast today have some very interesting history. Several were built in the late 1800s and one in the 1980s. Remember back before the advent of automobiles, this was one of the modes of travel along the coast. Not only are the schooners interesting, but so are the captains and crew. They have a unique knowledge of the areas they sail, how to sail their boats safely, but also the history of the coast. If that is not enough they have plenty of stories, some true, others not so true.
Some of the boats have special trips, and one even heads up to Canada for an extended voyage and then goes to the west’ard for a race at Gloucester over Labor Day weekend. Unlike those big cruise ships, you will not go missing, and it will not cost you more than the basic ticket. Okay, well may be a T- shirt or sweatshirt.
If I have piqued your interested see a list below of some of the schooners. However this is NOT a complete list, so head to the Internet. Also remember that there are a num- ber of day schooners sailing along the coast, i.e. Portsmouth, Portland, Boothbay, Rockland, Camden, Belfast, Mount Desert
Island (Bar Harbor) and Eastport. Sign up today and I will bet you will enjoy it so much they you come back year after year.
The 92' schooner American Eagle was built in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1930. For 53 years she was a working member of the famed Gloucester fishing fleet. She is also a National Historic Landmark. Guests: 26. Captain John Foss Homeport: Rockland 1-800-648-4544,
The 95' ketch-rigged Angelique was built specifically for the windjamming trade in 1980. Patterned after the 19th century sailing ships that fished off the coast of England, the Angelique was built for safety, and offers the unique feature of a deckhouse salon. Guests: 29.
Captain Mike & Lynne McHenry Homeport: Camden 1-800-282-9989,
Built in Patchogue, New York in 1882, the Grace Bailey was engaged in the West Indian trade, and hauling timber and granite until 1940, when she started carrying passengers. This 80' coaster was the flagship for the
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original Maine Windjammer Cruise fleet. Guests: 29.
Captain Ray & Ann Williamson Homeport: Camden 1-800-736-7981,
The Heritage was built in 1983 by her owners at the North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine. Designed for the comfort of her passengers, the vessel was built in the tradition of a 19th century coaster. Guests: 30. Captains Doug & Linda Lee Homeport: Rockland 1-800-648-4544,
ISAAC H. EVANS
The Isaac H. Evans was built in Mauricetown, New Jersey in 1886 and spent many years oystering on the Delaware Bay. In 1973 she was completely rebuilt for the windjamming trade. National Historic Land- mark. Guests: 22.
Captain Brenda and Brian Thomas Homeport: Rockland
LEWIS R. FRENCH
Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, Maine, the Lewis R. French is the oldest
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