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Update: Schooner Spirit of South Carolina to Stay in Charleston

Last month we posted that the Sailing School Vessel Spirit of South Carolina was finally going to auction.  For the last several years, the schooner been owned by TD Bank.  Yesterday, the 140′ wooden schooner was sold at auction for $440,000 to … Continue reading

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The Return of Schooner Lettie G. Howard

Yesterday, while maneuvering our 18′ catboat through the traffic in the Morris Canal on the West bank of the Hudson off Lower Manhattan, we had the pleasure of crossing paths with the schooner Lettie G. Howard. Lettie is an 1893 Fredonia-model fishing schooner owned and … Continue reading

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Bluenose II — No Way to Restore a Schooner

The new construction/restoration of the Canadian schooner Bluenose II has not gone well.  Years behind schedule and millions over budget. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling it a “boondoggle” and is demanding an investigation into the project.  Recent lawsuits involving the … Continue reading

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Schooner Lettie G. Howard Returns to New York’s South Street Seaport

OK, we are a week late and it is snowing outside, but we do want to to wish the schooner Lettie G. Howard the warmest of welcomes now that she has returned to her berth at the South Street Seaport. We … Continue reading

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American Eagle For Sale — An Appreciation of a Classic Schooner

The schooner American Eagle is for sale.  I have long been an admirer of the  American Eagle from afar.   She was the the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester in 1930. After a long career, the old and tired … Continue reading

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Last Voyage of the Schooner Nina

The schooner Nina, a 70′ Burgess designed yacht built in 1928, was last heard from on June 4, when it was battling a storm off New Zealand. The yacht had sailed from Opua in the Bay of Islands bound for … Continue reading

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Summer Camp Aboard the Schooner A. J. Meerwald – Openings Still Available

I wished that I could have sailed aboard a classic schooner when I was a kid.  For those in the New York/New Jersey Area, The Bayshore Discovery Project is sponsoring two five-day summer sailing camps aboard the classic oyster schooner … Continue reading

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Murder of a Tall Ship Sailor – Kyle Bruner, Chief Mate on Liberty Clipper, Gunned Down in Nassau, Bahamas

Sadly, the world is a dangerous place, both at sea and ashore. Over the weekend, Kyle Bruner, chief mate on the schooner Liberty Clipper  was murdered in Nassau, Bahamas while attempting to stop a mugging.  As reported by NBC Chicago: Kyle … Continue reading

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Schooner Sultana – Downrigging Weekend before the Storm

The annual Sultana Projects Downrigging Weekend, now in its twelfth year, is one of the largest annual tall ship and wooden boat festivals on the East Coast.  The Downrigging Weekend is described as “a celebration of maritime culture, wooden boats, and everything else that makes the Chesapeake … Continue reading

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Schooner Bluenose II Launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The schooner Bluenose II has been launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  The local news outlets referred to the event as the “relaunching” of the schooner though as the hull was completely replaced and only some portion of the Douglas fir deck was re-used, it … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Deckhand on the Schooner Mary Day

Here is a wonderful short video capturing a day in the life of a deckhand on the schooner Mary Day, sailing the coast of Maine.  (Looks someone should cut back on the caffeine.)  See also our previous post - Happy 50th Birthday … Continue reading

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Interview with Captain Denise Meagher & Dawn Santamaria of Schooner Unicorn & Sisters Under Sail

A very interesting interview with Captain Denise Meagher and Dawn Santamaria of the schooner Unicorn and the Sisters under Sail Program at this weekend’s Halifax Tall Ships Festival. Interview: All-female crew on tall ship

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Schooner Larinda Sails into Halifax 9 Years After Sinking

The 86′ schooner Larinda sank in Halifax harbor during Hurricane Juan on September 29, 2003.   She was raised from the harbor bottom and following a nine year restoration has returned to Halifax for this year’s Tall Ship Festival. The design and construction of the … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Birthday Schooner Mary Day !

Roughly a year ago we posted about the 75th anniversary of Captain Frank Swift buying laid up schooners which had previously carried stone, lumber, hay and all manner of goods, and began carrying vacationers to cruise in the Maine summers.  Many … Continue reading

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Schooner Western Union Designated Florida State Flagship

The Florida Legislature has designated the schooner Western Union as the state’s official flagship. The schooner was built in 1939 and served for 35 years as as a cable vessel for the Western Union Telegraph Company, repairing and maintaining undersea … Continue reading

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George H. Moffett Jr. – Educator and Longtime Captain of the Mystic Seaport Schooner Brilliant

Sad news. George H. Moffett Jr., the captain of the Mystic Seaport Museum schooner Brilliant for 25 years, has died of melanoma at his home in Connecticut. He was 66. Moffett was from a naval family. His grandfather, Admiral William A. Moffett, was … Continue reading

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Thursday Daydream : the Mayan – David Crosby’s Legendary Schooner

On one hand, this is a very interesting use of Youtube by a yacht broker selling a classic yacht.   Here Bob Craven gives us a tour, a bit of history and low key sales pitch on David Crosby‘s legendary schooner – … Continue reading

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Schooner Ernestina Needs $1.4 Million in Repairs

The schooner Ernestina, Ex. Effie M.Morrissey, was built in 1894 for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of … Continue reading

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Schooner Spirit of South Carolina For Sale

Sad news from the Palmetto State. The South Carolina Maritime Foundation plans to try to sell the schooner Spirit of South Carolina to pay off its mounting debts.  The foundation is reported to be being sued by a bank and a … Continue reading

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The First Christmas Tree Ship – Captain Herman Schuenemann & the Schooner Rouse Simmons

Today the Christmas Ship is Chicago’s largest all volunteer charitable support program for inner city youth and their families at Christmas time.  At the turn of the twentieth century the “Christmas Tree Ship” was a family business. In  the mid 1880s, August and … Continue reading

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