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“Rebuilding” Bluenose II — 7 years & $24M

The best thing that can be said about the “rebuilding” of the Canadian schooner Bluenose II is that is it is over and that the Bluenose II is a lovely vessel.  Unfortunately, it took seven years and cost C$24 million (around … Continue reading

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Bob Bartlett and His “Little Morrisey” — Voyage to Greenland

Yesterday, we posted about the restoration of the historic schooner Ernestina, ex-Effie M. Morrissey.  Here is a documentary, narrated by the polar explorer, Captain Bob Bartlett, describing a voyage to Greenland in the schooner he refers to as his “Little Morrisey.” … Continue reading

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Sailing on the Four-Masted Schooner Margaret Todd

A short video aboard the schooner, Margaret Todd, sailing in Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor, Maine. Built in 1998, Margaret Todd is the only four-masted schooner to work in New England in over a century Aboard the Margaret Todd

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Black History Month — William Tillman and the Privateer Jefferson Davis

A post in honor of Black History Month. On Throwback Thursday, a slightly revised post from July, 2011.  William Tillman was the first black hero of the American Civil War. He was not a soldier but rather a 27-year-old  cook-steward … Continue reading

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Bay City Tall Ship Celebration 2016

Bay City Michigan kicked off its sixth Tall Ship Celebration yesterday, featuring a diverse mix of historic ships and replicas, including the U.S. Brig Niagara; the replica galleon El Galeon Andalucia; the replica Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre;  the brigantines Pathfinder and Playfair; and the … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the America 2.0 — Replica, Hybrid or High-Tech Schooner?

Classic Harbor Line‘s schooner America 2.0 is a fascinating design. Designed and built by the Scarano brothers and delivered in 2011, the boat is, notionally, a replica of the schooner yacht America of 1851, after which the famous America’s Cup was … Continue reading

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Saga of the Bluenose II Continues — Schooner’s New Rudder to Cost Another Million

For the last few years, we have followed the sad saga of the “rebuilding” of the schooner Bluenose II.  The latest development involves the replacement of the existing steel rudder and steering system at an estimated additional cost of $1 … Continue reading

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Help Save the Ada C. Lore

Last year we posted about a very bad night for the schooner, Ada C. Lore. In the early morning hours of December 4, 2014, the Eastport, Maine breakwater pier where she was berthed suddenly collapsed onto the Ada C. Lore, doing … Continue reading

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Schooner Spirit of South Carolina Returning to Charleston

Great news. The schooner Spirit of South Carolina is on her way home to Charleston, South Carolina.  We recently heard from Meryl Huckabey: “As a long-time reader of oldsaltblog.com I am pleased to tell you that the Spirit of South Carolina, tall ship … Continue reading

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Rescuing the Schooner Phoenix

On October 9th, the schooner Phoenix dragged her anchor in a storm in Port Townsend harbor, Washington. She ended up sinking, holed on the rocks of the breakwater. The good news is that, after a week underwater, the schooner was … Continue reading

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Schooners Columbia, American Eagle & Lettie G. Howard Race at Gloucester

This weekend, the 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was held, culminating in the Mayor’s Cup Schooner Race.  The Esperanto Cup, representing the large schooners, was won by the schooner Columbia, built in 2014, a steel replica of the W. Starling Burgess designed … Continue reading

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Own the Historic Schooner Isaac H. Evans for an Essay & $125

The 129 year old, 90 foot long schooner Isaac H. Evans sailing out of Rockland, Maine could be yours for $125 and a 200 word essay. Continue reading

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120 Year Old Schooner Ernestina to be Restored at Boothbay

Great news!  The Massachusetts of Department of Conservation and Recreation has signed a contract with Boothbay Harbor Shipyard for $6,048,025 for the restoration of the schooner Ernestina, ex-Effie M. Morrissey.   As we posted in July, private donors, Bob Hildreth and Gerry Lenfest, contributed $2.8 … Continue reading

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Restoring the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch

Great news about the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch. In February, we posted about the foreclosure and auction of the 82 foot long schooner. There were no bids at the auction in Camden, ME,  which ended after 27 seconds. The future of … Continue reading

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Sultana Downrigging Weekend, Chestertown, MD

Photos from the Sultana Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, MD. A touch rainy, cold and windy but still a great time. Along with the schooner Sultana were the pinnance Kalmar Nyckel,  and the schooners Lady Maryland, Pride of Baltimore II and A.J. Meerwald.  A … Continue reading

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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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