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

New Website Goes Live!

This site was moved from production to public status today, December 8th. It may take a day or two before the change finds its way across the internet, however, and there might be some interruptions in service as that process unfolds. Welcome all, and many thanks for your patience as needed!

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AGM Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Santos will be the speaker for our meeting this year. Dr. Santos, a history professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia, is an avid historian of the fishing industry under sail and has extensively researched the International Fisherman Races between the US and Canada in the 1920s and 1930s in his book Caught in Irons. The book uses the fisherman races as a window into the changing social and economic realities that redefined the North Atlantic fisheries.

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