The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host the first of their 2021/22 winter speaker series, Captains’ Quarters, sharing their mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooners Shenandoah and Alabama” will be held Tuesday, October 26, 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.
Truly a one-of-a kind vessel, the Shenandoah is the world’s only non-auxiliary square-topsail schooner with the longest standing captain and schooner tandem in the nation, according to the Museum, in a news release. Built in 1964 at the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, she is a 108’ square topsail schooner with no auxiliary power. Designed by Capt. Robert S. Douglas, she was specifically built for the passenger trade, with her hull, rig, anchors, and all construction materials adhering closely to mid 19th century practices. Shenandoah is now part of FUEL (Foundation for Underway Experiential Learning) under the leadership of Captains Ian Ridgeway and Casey Blum.
The schooner Alabama was built in 1926 for the Mobile Alabama Bar Pilots, serving until her retirement in 1966. Designed by Thomas F. McManus, a man widely regarded as the best designer of all the Gloucester fishing schooners, she was brought to Vineyard Haven in 1967. She was finally fitted out as a sailing vessel and put back to work after an extensive rebuild by Captain Douglas in 1997.
“Join us for an evening of reminiscing about these wonderful vessels as Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, is joined by Captains Douglas, Ridgeway, and Blum as they share the history, photos, and stories of these two wonderful vessels,” said the Museum.
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.