The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host another of their 2021/22 winter speaker series, “Captains’ Quarters,” sharing its mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Isaac H. Evans” will be held Tuesday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place utilizing the online portal, Zoom. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: www.sailpowersteammuseum.org on the “Music and Calendar” tab.
Yet another one of our wonderful Midcoast “windjammers,” the wooden schooner Isaac H Evans, began life as a working vessel. Built in 1886 in Mauricetown, NJ, she is the oldest of a small number of surviving oyster schooners from the Delaware Bay. She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
Originally named the Boyd N. Sheppard, she was first owned by a consortium that included Harrison and Frank Sheppard, eventually becoming the sole property of Harrison Sheppard who used her to ship his product to New York City until he sold her in 1909 to the three sons of Isaac H. Evans when she was renamed and continued to work in the oyster trade, under sail, until 1946 when her masts were removed and a motor installed.
Purchased in 1971 by Captains Doug and Linda Lee, she was brought to Rockland to join the windjammer fleet after an extensive two-year restoration. She has had a notable list of caretakers/captains in the intervening years – all of whom have lovingly aided in her preservation. The Evans will be offering public sails out of Boothbay Harbor in 2022.
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 past and present, crew, and former and future passengers as they share the history, photos, and stories of the Isaac H. Evans.
“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 Museum.