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 ( or Susan ( 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).

Tar Baby

At Portland Yacht Services prior to the long haul out for rebuilding.

Specific information to come in the new year.


Tar Baby Designed by John Alden, long considered the world's greatest schooner designer, and originally commissioned for Gilbert Hood, of Hood Daries in 1928, she was launched in 1929. Mr. Hood kept her until 1975, when he sold her to Carl Sherman, of Westbrook, CT. Now she has been purchased by Portland Yacht Services, for a much needed refit. ( Vintage wine needs new bottle)

Lion's Whelp

Lion's Whelp Launched July 18th 2003

65 feet on deck
15'8" Beam
8'9" Draft
74' Sparred length

Alden Design 1044B Niels Heleberg

Strip planked /cold molded with Nida-core between the Frame bays and the ceiling glued to the Nida-core. This approach gives us a hull almost 6 inches thick. I have seen too much really big stuff floating around out there to not give this a try.

History of Ownership

An Alden 309 circa 1929 History From 1926 to 1930, seventeen auxiliary centerboard schooners were built to the specifications of Alden’s design number 309, of which Blackbird was the last. A 309 R was designed but never built.


Peter and Sandy Thompson
Freeport, Maine

Blackbird Reaching During Mariah's Cup 1995

Stern View Mariah's Cup 1995

Vessel Name: BLACKBIRD (Original Name)
Home port: Freeport, Maine
Designer: John G. Alden
Design No. 309 Q

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