Constructed on the shores of Rockland Harbor a century ago

Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the schooner Heritage

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:30pm

“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Heritage” will be hosted by the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place utilizing the online portal Zoom. 

The youngest of the Maine windjammer fleet, Heritage is a familiar site along the coast of Maine. Launched in 1983, she was designed, built, sailed, and maintained until last year by Captains Doug and Linda Lee. Constructed on the shores of Rockland Harbor at the North End Shipyard, she follows the lines of the working schooners that have navigated the waters of Maine and New England for over a century, 95 feet long and 24 feet wide, the Heritage continues the long historical tradition of Maine coasting schooners.

The Lee’s interest in the maritime history of the coast of Maine was the foundation of the schooner’s design, according to the Museum, in a news release. The concept behind the vessel was not to build a replica, but rather to create the next generation of coasting schooner designed specifically with comfort and safety of her passengers in mind.

Changing hands in time for the 2021 sailing season after the Lees retirement, she now sails under the command of her new owners, Captains Sean Grimes and Ben Weizenbach, both of whom sailed aboard as crew for the previous seven years.

Join the Museum for an evening of reminiscing about this vessel as Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, is joined by captains Doug and Linda Lee, Sean Grimes, Ben Weizenbach, as well as crew, and former and future passengers as they share the history, photos, and stories of the Schooner Heritage.

“In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people grab a ‘tot’ of rum (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captain Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of these amazing vessels,” said the release.

FMI: www.SailPowerSteamMuseum.org.

Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: www.sailpowersteammuseum.org on the “Music and Calendar” tab.