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.
Captain Willy Leathers
Homeport Gloucester, Massachusetts
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
Nathaniel Wilson Sailmaker
Captain John Foss
Homeport Rockland, Maine
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.
Captain Paul Haley of Capt. G. W. Full Associates
Homeport New Bedford, Mass
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.
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is sponsored for this event by
Friends of Windjammer Days
Captain: J B Smith, owned by Phineas Sprague
Homeport: Portland, Maine
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 a full program of experiential education exploring Cuba for gap students through Ocean Passages. We are honored to have her back in the harbor, and look forward to hearing about her latest adventures in Cuba. Look for her as she and the other glorious windjammers muster for the Parade of Sail into Boothbay Harbor.
Our thanks to Schooner Harvey Gamage's
generous sponsor for this event Yale Cordage
Captains Joe and Michael Tassi
Homeport Boothbay Harbor, Maine
The Schooner Lazy Jack has led a good life. Built in 1947, she was a famous charter boat in the Bahamas in the 50's and 60's. Sailing a route from Massachusetts to Cuba, she carried assorted cargo for her master including rum, guns, and cigars. She was named after one of the builder's favorite watering hole's in the Florida Keys - Lazy Jacks. Lucky for us, her merry fate has brought her to the Boothbay Harbor Marina. She is 48 ft overall, accommodates 14 guests, and under a full press Lazy Jack carries a mainsail, foresail, staysail, jib, jib topsail, main topsail, and a fisherman with elegance.
Our thanks to Schooner Lazy Jack's generous sponsor for this event
Captain Donald Peacock
Homeport Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The Privateer Lynx is a living history museum designed to educate children and adults alike about American history through active sail training aboard a real wooden sailing ship. The Tall Ship Lynx "embraces eternal truths: passion, sacrifice, perseverance, honor and courage. All of these emotions gave her a soul long before she tasted her first saltwater. At sea, Lynx is the legacy of her creators: the thinkers, the designers, the builders, and most important, the dreamers…" Words that speak to the heart of any mariner. Come see what's she's all about. At 76 ft over all, with a sparred length of 122 ft, she can carry 40 passengers.
Captains Bethany McNelly-Davis and Perry Davis
Homeport Bailey Island, Maine
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 Glourcester, Massachusetts
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 pink 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
J. Edward Knight Insurance
Captains Tom and Jennifer Smith
Homeport: Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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
Captains: Doug and Linda Lee
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
"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
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 sponsor for this event
Boothbay Harbor Marina
Captain Andrew Grainger
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 Cruzan Rum