VICTORY CHIMES returns for Windjammer Days after almost two decades! Courtesy of PenBay Pilot/Fred LeBlanc photo
Welcome to the Tall Ships Festival – June 25-27 – what a lead-in!
Boothbay Harbor’s 59th Windjammer Days – June 27-July 3
Find times and dates for contests: lobster eating, codfish relay races, the youth pageant competition Boothbay’s Got Talent, rock skipping (virtual for spectators); kids activities, Artists Alley; Blessing of the Fishing Fleet, Antique Boat Parade, Lighted Boat Parade, the Gathering of the Fleet in the harbor; Pirates of the Dark Rose; fireworks; Haunted, Maritime and Historical tours by Red Cloak Tours – choose your own teletour(s); the all new Porch Parade; pancake breakfasts; and tours of the Tall Ships!
CLICK HERE FOR THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Celebrating the Bicentennial one year later, Friends of Windjammer Days is bringing the Tall Ships Festival, planned for 2020, to Boothbay Harbor June 25-27 in partnership with Tall Ships of America.
The Tall Ships are Spirit of Bermuda, Privateer Lynx, Nao Santa Maria and Alert.
There will be deck tours of all ships except Alert; however, custom charters are being offered aboard Alert.
Tickets are $20 per person for the deck tours and available to buy only through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boothbay-harbor-windjammer-days-tall-ships-festival-tickets-154249072127 fbclid=IwAR2D2u70006U2akTlI4yOU2axgnq97emqN8H-iHCDoqrPIapvW6Que_TKDk
There are 1,500 tickets. Only 20% will be available during the Festival at the Friends of WJD information tent in Whale Park. So, if you really want a deck tour ... don’t wait!
For more information, read the article below, or just click the tickets link!
Captain Don Peacock
Homeport Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Lynx was the largest shipbuilding project ever undertaken by Rockport Marine in Rockport, and was the first square-rigged vessel built in the area since 1885.
Docked at Public Landing after Gathering of the Fleet
Homeport: Seville, Spain
Sparred length: 95’ - five decks, four iron masts
In 2018, a spectacular replica of the Santa Maria was launched off the coast of Spain by the non-profit Nao Victoria Foundation. Nao Santa Maria is a full-scale replica of La Santa Maria, the largest of the three Spanish ships Columbus used in his first voyage. Nao Santa Maria has been adapted with innovative systems for greater maneuverability and durability. Below deck is a museum about her.
Captains Bethany McNelly-Davis and Perry Davis
Homeport Bailey Island
The Schooner and Tall Ship Alert is a 70’ traditional wooden plank on frame design.
Designed and built by Paul Rollins with a team of shipwrights in York. In 1992, she was christened Tall Cotton and sailed between Florida and Mt. Desert Island. She was later converted into a commercial fishing vessel and renamed Alert.
Visit the website or Alert Boothbay Harbor Sailing Schedule
Docked at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort after Gathering of the Fleet. Custom tours are available.
Captains Sam Sikkema and Cara Lauzon
Victory Chimes is a three-masted, gaff-rigged Chesapeake Ram schooner. Originally designed for and used as a general purpose cargo hauler, she was converted to a passenger cruise vessel in 1946.
She has not been to Boothbay Harbor for Windjammer Days in almost two decades!
Welcome back, Victory Chimes!
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Schooner Ernestina Commission
Homeport New Bedford, Massachusetts
In restoration at Bristol Marine, Boothbay Harbor
Shipwright Ross Branch will speak at the shipyard on Monday, June 28, 4-5 p.m. No tickets are necessary. All are welcome. Donations will be accepted and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association.
Captain John Foss
Schooner American Eagle was launched June 2, 1930 and was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester, Massachusetts. By 1983, the years of fishing had taken its toll. She was taken to North End Shipyard in 1984 where Captain Foss, assisted by five other schooner captains, completely restored her. Foss launched her in April 1986.
At anchor inner harbor after Gathering of the Fleet.
The Lewis R. French is 150 years old this year!
Captain Garth Wells
101' long, with four lower sails and two topsails
Built by the French brothers and named for their father, the schooner Lewis R. French was launched in April, 1871, in Christmas Cove. She is the last schooner remaining of thousands built in Maine during the 19th century. The French is still operated much how she would have been during the age of sail. She has no inboard engine, relying on 3,000 square feet of sail to propel her.
Schooner and Tall Ship Harvey Gamage
Built and launched in South Bristol in 1973, she was restored in summer 2015. The SSV Harvey Gamage is a U.S. Coast Guard-certified tall ship that hosts experiential learning programs at sea for teens. The programs are run by Sailing Ships Maine of Portland
In 2019 alone, tall ship Harvey Gamage took more than 200 teenagers to sea on five-day voyages in the Gulf of Maine. In summer 2020, Harvey Gamage was the sole sail training schooner able to operate with students in the U.S.
Captain Harold Burnham
Homeport Gloucester, Massachusetts
58' long pinky schooner
Named for the captain’s grandmother, Ardelle is constructed almost entirely from recycled material and much of her timber came from trees discarded by local arborists and tree companies.
Docked at Boothbay Harbor Marina Monday and Tuesday
Captains Sean Grimes and Ben Welzenbach
95' long - 165 tons
Built and designed in 1983 by former longtime owners Doug and Linda Lee who modeled her after a 19th century cargo-hauling coaster.
At anchor inner harbor after Gathering of the Fleet
Captain Will McLean
The Schooner Bowdoin was built during the winter of 1920-21 at Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard, now Hodgdon Yachts, in East Boothbay. The ship is a two-masted auxiliary schooner, double-planked, and double-framed with white oak.
Bowdoin arrives in Boothbay Harbor July 1-3.
Captain Colby Pearson
Homeport Tenants Harbor
37’ long, one-of-a-kind, custom-built traditional wooden gaff-rigged ketch
Jenny Ives was built in Boothbay Harbor in 1981, a collaboration by Maine boatbuilder Hall of Famer Roy Blaney and Naval architect Thomas C Gillmer of Annapolis, Maryland. Roy Blaney built boats in Boothbay Harbor for about 25 years before he got the chance to build a boat of his own, the Jenny Ives, his 24th boat.
Docked at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort after Gathering of the Fleet
Captain J. B. Smith
Built in Bath in 1906 by Thomas E. Hagan, Mary E was his last vessel on the property where Bath Iron Works is located.
Docked at Public Landing after Gathering of the Fleet
Captain Fred Bowers
The Sycamore is a steel, two-masted schooner built by Fred Bowers over 16 years. It is a steel representation of a pinky schooner, one of two vessel designs originally used in Maine's fisheries in the early 19th century. She is named after sycamore trees that surrounded the builder's home growing up.
Docked at Lobster Dock after Gathering of the Fleet
Captain J.R. Braugh
Launched from Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard, East Boothbay
Formerly the Nathaniel Bowditch, Ladona has been known for her beauty, swiftness, and strength since the day she was christened in 1922. Elegantly designed by William Hand, she was commissioned by Homer Loring as a private yacht.
The Friends of Windjammer Days will have an information tent in Whale Park. Shuttle maps. Windjammer Days guides produced by the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper; a portion of tickets for the Tall Ships deck tours of the Privateer Lynx, Spirit of Bermuda and Nao Santa Maria. Commemorative T-shirts, the student-designed 2021 T-shirt, caps and masks.
The tent is also the location to sign up for the lobster eating contest – the first 10 – and cod fish relay races. Teams of four for the relay races must be intact at sign up.