Schooner fleet coming to town

BROOKLIN –The Maine Windjammer Association will hold its 28th annual Sail-In at the WoodenBoat School on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Boats from Maine’s historic schooner fleet will begin arriving in the harbor off the WoodenBoat School waterfront around 3 p.m. Passengers from the fleet will have the opportunity to visit the boatbuilding school and to enjoy a party featuring steamed mussels and music by the Flash in the Pans steel drum band beginning at 4 p.m.

Spectators will have the rare chance to view schooners such as the Mary Day, Heritage, Lewis R. French, Victory Chimes-the only working three-masted schooner in the Maine fleet-and other historic vessels gathered together in a single anchorage.

The Maine Windjammer Association includes handsome eight schooners ranging in size form 64 to 132 feet on deck. Five of the vessels are on the National Historic Landmarks register.

Launched in 1871, the Lewis R. French and the Stephen Taber are the the oldest schooners in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet.

The purpose-built, 95-foot Heritage, launched in 1983 by her skipper-owners, is the newest.

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