the expansive main saloon provides space for dining, relaxing, socializing, or music making. Meals are
generated by the crew at a wood-burning cookstove, while another wood stove connects to a duct
system that carries warm air to passenger cabins when needed. Traditional lumber- and granite-carrying schooners did not offer such amenities since human comfort was not a priority when a vessel’s
primary function was to carry as much cargo as possible.
more masts, the forward mast being no taller
than the rear masts. First built as Grand
Banks fishing boats in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with the first ship launched in
1713, schooners became America’s preferred
coastal shipping vessels.
“Once an important part of the area
economy, the schooners would not exist
today if they had not been repurposed as tourist attractions,” says Nathan Lipfert, senior
curator at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.
“The launch of the schooner Mary Day
marked the beginning of a new era in which
commercial sailing vessels built specifically
to carry people were added to the fleet,” says
Meg Maiden of the Maine Windjammer Association. “The ten windjammers in the MWA
fleet carry about 5 ,000 guests over the course
of the 20-week sailing season. Guests hail
from every state and Canadian province, plus
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