Every year to honor the schooners who join us for Windjammer Days, the Friends of Windjammer Days invite the captains and crew to enjoy a Maine clambake out on Cabbage Island.

We are grateful for our Cabbage Island Clambake sponsors who help us welcome these schooners to Boothbay Harbor:


A windjammer is a collective name for many classes of  large sailing ships built to carry cargo for long distances in the 19th and early 20th century.  They were the grandest of merchant sailing ships with between 3 and 5 large masts and square sails, giving them a characteristic profile.

Victory Chimes


Captain Sam Sikkema and Cara Lauzon
Homeport Rockland, Maine
19 cabins
127.5’ long
Victory Chimes is a three-masted, gaff-rigged Chesapeake Ram schooner. Originally designed for and used as a general purpose cargo hauler, she was converted to a passenger cruise vessel in 1946. Victory Chimes was launched in April 1900 from the Bethel, Delaware yard of George K. Phillips Co. as the Edwin And Maud, named for two children of her first captain, Robert Riggin. Victory Chimes not only exemplifies the nineteenth and early twentieth century development of large American wooden schooners intended primarily, though not exclusively, for the coasting trade on both east and west coasts, but she is the only surviving example of the "Chesapeake ram" type and one of only two surviving examples of a three masted schooner in the United States. Look for Victory Chimes as she joins us for Windjammer Days.



Captains Bethany McNelly-Davis and Perry Davis
Homeport Bailey Island, Maine
Guests 28
70' long

Docked at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort after Gathering of the Fleet
The Schooner ALERT is a 70 foot traditional wooden plank on frame design. She was designed and built by Paul Rollins and a team of shipwrights in York, Maine. In 1992 she was christened TALL COTTON and sailed between Florida and Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Later she was converted into a commercial fishing vessel and renamed ALERT. She fished for six years out of Portland, Maine and was then sold to Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly-Davis. They converted the fishing vessel ALERT into a United States Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel that they operate out of Bailey Island, Maine from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Our thanks to Schooner Alert's generous sponsor for this event


Captain Harold Burnham
Homeport Gloucester, Massachusetts
Guests 49
58' long

Docked at Boothbay Harbor Marine after Gathering of the Fleet
Schooner Ardelle is a labor of love, just as all the other schooners built by Harold Burnham whose family has been in the business since the early 1600s.  Ardelle is a pinky schooner defined by her distinctive stern and is known for seaworthiness.  She is named for Harold's grandmother.  Ardelle is constructed almost entirely from recycled material and much of her timber came from trees discarded by local arborists and tree companies.  She is considered a jewel as many proud volunteers helped bring her to life.  She operates out of Maritime Gloucester and serves as a research and educational vessel for the center.

Our thanks to Schooner Ardelle's generous sponsor for this event


Captains Tom and Jennifer Smith
Homeport Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Guests 21
65' long

Her home is Pier 6, Fisherman's Wharf Inn, offers 4 trips daily
Harold and Doris Smith have built six schooners by hand with the Schooner Eastwind being the newest in their fleet. As if that is not remarkable enough, the Smiths sailed around the world twice with their three children, and wrote two books about their voyages, Sailing Three Oceans and Dreams of Natural Places. Schooner Eastwind was built in 1999. Five of the schooners they built are named Appledore.  Eastwind, their sixth schooner, is a sistership of the Appledores. 

Our thanks to Schooner Eastwind's generous sponsor for this event

Harvey Gamage

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Captain: Cassandra Sleeper
Owned by Phineas Sprague
Homeport: Portland, Maine
Guests: 30
131' long

Docked at Carousel Marina after Gathering of the Fleet
Built in South Bristol, Maine by shipbuilder Harvey Gamage, the Schooner Harvey Gamage is full of magnificent history and her stories continue.  After a million dollar overhaul, she now offers five-day sail training voyages for teens on the New England coast. We are honored to have her back in the harbor, and look forward to hearing about her latest adventures.  Look for her as she and the other glorious windjammers muster for the Gathering of the Fleet as they sail into Boothbay Harbor. 

Our thanks to Schooner Harvey Gamage's
generous sponsor for this event

Jenny Ives

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Captain Colby Pearson
Homeport Tenants Harbor, Maine
Guests 6
37' long
Docked at the Lobster Dock after Gathering of the Fleet

Jenny Ives was built in Boothbay Harbor, Maine in 1981. She is a one-of-a-kind custom built traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch. Her sails are crafted in our back yard by Nat Wilson. She is a wonderful traditional boat, simple, comfortable, strong, and fair - built to take whatever Maine can throw at her. 

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Our thanks to Jenny Ive's generous sponsor for this event

Mary E

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Captain J. B. Smith
Homeport Bath, Maine
73' Long

Docked at Public Landing after Gathering of the Fleet
Built in Bath, Maine in 1906 by Thomas E. Hagan, Mary E was his last vessel on the property where Bath Iron Works is located. She fished out of Block Island, Rhode Island and then Gloucester, Massachusetts.  She eventually sank in a Thanksgiving Day hurricane in 1963. William Donnell purchased and renovated her on what is now the Maine Maritime Museum campus. He sailed her out of Rockland, Maine and sold her in 1971 to Morse Marine in Boothbay Harbor. She was sold a few more times, but has found her way back home and will be officially launched at the Maine Maritime Museum in 2018.  We are delighted to welcome her back as part of our Windjammer Days.
Our thanks to Schooner Mary E's generous sponsor for this event

Our thanks to Schooner Mary E's generous sponsor for this event

True North

Captain Andrew Grainger
Homeport Boston, Massachusetts
Summer Home Pemaquid, Maine
Guests  6
56' long

Schooner True North is joining us for the Parade of Sail! She was built in 1939 by Goudy & Stevens over in East Boothbay and is 56 ft overall. She is an Alden Schooner and there are only about 45 or so original Alden Schooners left in the world.  We are delighted she can join us.

Our thanks to Schooner True North's generous sponsor for this event


Due to port problems in Gloucester, Adventure will be unable to make the voyage to Maine. Look for Adventure in 2020.

Captain James Peters
Homeport Gloucester, Massachusetts
Guests 60
122' long

Docked at Carousel Marina after Gathering of the Fleet
The Schooner Adventure was built in 1926 in Essex, Massachusetts.  She fished cod, haddock, and halibut from Nantucket to Newfoundland.  Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel. When she was retired in 1953, Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic. Then in her second life, she became a windjammer for cruising along the coast of Maine.  Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname "Queen of the Windjammers." Eventually, Captain Jim Sharp donated Adventure to the people of Gloucester, Massachusetts where she has undergone an extensive restoration. Both Jim Sharp and Donald Hurd merit recognition for their extensive efforts in preserving Adventure.   We are proud to have her join us for Windjammer Days.


Our thanks to Schooner Adventure's generous sponsor for this event

American Eagle

Captain John Foss
Homeport Rockland, Maine
Guests 26
122' long

At anchor inner harbor after Gathering of the Fleet
Schooner American Eagle was launched in 1930 and was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is 122 ft and can accommodate 26 overnight guests. In 1984, 53 years of hard fishing had taken its toll. Great effort went into her reconstruction. Today she looks and feels like a new boat. Her fair lines, solid timber and tarred rigging are as they were three generations ago. We welcome her as she joins the other schooners sailing into the harbor surrounded by welcoming mariners, various band concerts, a parade ashore, and the evening fireworks.

Our thanks to American Eagle's generous sponsor for this event

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Captain William McLean
Homeport Castine, Maine
Guests 18
88’ long
The Schooner Bowdoin has her roots and history here. She was built close by at our own Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay in 1921, now Hodgdon Yachts. The cost to build her in 1921 - $30,000. At 88 ft overall, she's a force to be reckoned with. She made 28 voyages north of the Arctic Circle under the command of owner and Captain Donald MacMillan. She wintered over 4 times on the north coast of Greenland, frozen in ice. Bowdoin is a training vessel for students studying to become merchant marines under the proud stewardship of Maine Maritime Academy. We are quite proud of her as well! Schooner Bowdoin is the official sailing vessel of the State of Maine.

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Our thanks to Schooner Bowdoin’s generous sponsor for this event


Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Schooner Ernestina Commission
Homeport New Bedford, Mass
156’ long

In restoration at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard
From fishermen to arctic explorers, many people have depended on the beloved Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey for their livelihoods since she was first launched in 1894. At 156 ft, she carried Gloucester fishermen to the Grand Banks, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. In 1926, she was purchased by an Arctic explorer and reached within 600 miles of North Pole. During World War II, she served as a supply ship to U.S. bases in the Arctic. She was sold in 1946 and a fire below decks almost ended her long career. Today, she is a piece of living history and an important educational vessel that is cherished for her ability to teach us about our past. She will not join us in the Parade of Sail as she is under rehabilitation and in good hands at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard but you can visit her in dry dock during a Reception and Tour to be held in her honor.

Our thanks to Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey's generous sponsor for this event


Captains: Doug and Linda Lee
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 30
95' long

At anchor inner harbor after Gathering of the Fleet
We go where the wind and tide take us." So goes the motto that the owners/captains, and maybe even the Schooner Heritage herself, live by. At 95 ft and built in 1983, she's the newest schooner sailing the Maine coast. The Lees, both Doug and Linda, not only sail her every trip, but designed and built this 165-ton schooner, modeling her after a 19th-century cargo-hauling coaster. Her interior has been adapted to take into consideration the comfort of her guests. With 14 cabins, she can take up to 30 overnight passengers. She comes alive when she finds the wind on the water, and is breathtaking to see under sail. The Schooner Heritage will join the other majestic schooners all from up and down the coast in the Grand Parade of Sail into Boothbay Harbor.

Our thanks to Schooner Heritage's generous sponsor for this event
 the Giles Family

Lewis H. Story

Captain Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Homeport Essex, Massachusetts
Guests 6
32' long

At anchor in inner Harbor after Gathering of the Fleet
During the American Revolution, the British nearly destroyed the New England fishing fleet.  A low-cost, quickly built vessel was needed and a little two-masted boat seemed to fit the bill.  Because it was developed in a district of Ipswich, Massachusetts called "Chebacco", the vessel became known as the "Chebacco Boat." In 1998, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum commissioned Harold Burnham to construct a Chebacco to serve as the museum's flagship.  The STORY is named in honor of Essex shipwright, carver, designer, and the town's foremost maritime historian, Lewis H. Story who lived from 1873-1948.

Our thanks to Schooner Lewis H. Story's generous sponsors for this event



Captain Fred Bowers
Homeport Wiscassett, Maine
Guests 6
52' long
Docked at
Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort after Gathering of the Fleet
The Sycamore is a steel, two -masted schooner build by Fred Bowers over 16 years.  It is a steel representation of a pinky schooner, one of two vessel designs originally used in Maine's fisheries in the early 19th century. She is named after sycamore trees that surrounded the builder's home growing up. They are a source of fond memories and good feelings. We welcome The Sycamore and celebrate Captain Bower's accomplishment.

Our thanks to Schooner Sycamore's generous sponsor for this event