Sweethearts of the Caribbean race - 10 years ago

My first time in the Caribbean on a big schooner was on the Spirit of Massachusetts, the 100 ft schooner that is used mostly as a Sailing School Vessel. I wrote it up in some of the old Wing and Wings. Spirit did a 9-week trip with Long Island University students from Boston south in the fall. Then they picked up some charters in the middle of the winter and around the end of Feb, more students flew down to join the boat for classes and after heading down as far as Dominica, they sailed back to LI.

Bowdoin


The Schooner Bowdoin serves the students of Maine Maritime Academy and the educational community of new England with a broad range of programs in seamanship and ocean studies.

Bowdoin was originally built for Arctic waters in 1921 and is one of the strongest wooden vessels ever constructed. Commissioned by explorer Donald B. Macmillan to facilitate his work in the high northern latitudes, Bowdoin has made 28 trips above the Arctic Circle.

Specifications
Design: William Hand
Launched: 1921,Hodgdon Brothers shipyard,East Boothbay, Maine

Schooner Shearwater is for sale

A delightful little schooner, 'Shearwater' is a wonderful specimen of a boat-type which is sadly lacking in much of American waters; a reasonably-sized, truly comfortable and stylish traditionally styled yacht. A special blending of the innovative designs of Phil Bolger, plus the rock-solid schooner building experience of the A.D. Story Shipyard of Essex, MA (Builder of a large proportion of the Gloucester Grand Banks Schooner Fleet of story and song!),'Shearwater' represents what so many have longed for; a ship with all the gaff-rigged saltiness that a schooner provides, but in a size that is easily manageable by the modern family. In excellent condition, and now tucked up for the Winter at the famous Crocker Shipyard in Manchester, 'Shearwater' awaits your inspection! Please have a look at the attached photos and full specifications, and see if you are ready to join the ranks of the true mariners of the New England Coast!

Winter Wing & Wing Released

Members: The Winter 05 issue of Wing & Wing has been finalized and sent to the printers. It should mail later this week and you can expect delivery withing the next 10 days.

For those of you who have registered on this site AND been authenticated as members, a PDF version is available for download now on the Wing & Wing page in the Member Area.

Schooner Gear Makes Great Christmas Gifts !!

Don't forget that the Quartermaster's closet is stocked with a number of clothing and other ASA-logo items that would make excellent Christmas or holiday gifts in addition to or separately from ASA gift memberships. Please contact John Senning (Rearcommodore@amschooner.org) or Susan (Quartermaster@amschooner.org)directly ASAP for immediate assistance and shipping. Best regards and holiday wishes to all hands from John and Susan. Please visit the Gear Page for more information.

Help with Boom Gallows

I've been thinking about upgrading Comet II's boom gallows for a while, but it hasn't been a priority until now: in order to get the boat into her new berth in the shed at the LaHave River Yacht Club this fall we had to remove the old one. It was a bear to get off, and was damaged in the process. So, since the new gallows will have to come on and off annually, it's now time for the upgrade.

Many of Comet's sister schooners in the NSSA fleet have gallows of a similar design, and I'm leaning toward it. It consists of a bronze upright which has been welded to a bronze bar that is bent to accomodate a wooden crosspiece. The uprights are then set into a bronze socket which is screwed onto the deck. A good example of this design is on Tom Gallant's schooner AVENGER (see photos below and on Comet's 2005 Logbook entry).

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