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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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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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