|Photos by my father .|
Camden Windjammer cruises have been (and remain) favorites of my family and friends. Here are (a lot) of photographs that my father took from one of them in the summer of 1964. On this particular trip, he was on the Mercantile, now a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1916, and restored in 1989, she is still in service today with Maine Windjammer Cruises, the first and oldest fleet.
|The Schooner Mattie|
|I want every item he is wearing.|
|Going ashore on Campbell Island for a Driftwood Fire Clambake|
|Here is the context for this previously used picture of my father shaving.|
|As my father called it, there was "plenty of he-ing and she-ing."|
|Pumpkin Island Lighthouse, at the Northwestern End of Eggemoggin Reach near Little Deer Isle|
|My Father, Up The Mast|
|He never encountered a mast up which he wasn't willing to go. I did not get that gene.|
|Downtown Camden in 1964 was where Peyton Place. was filmed seven years earlier|
|My father on the bowsprit.|
Thanks to you, I have just spent the early morning in the salt water and air enjoying the decks of ships with your father. I'll 'visit' this again many times.
The Windjammers may see more sailors this summer. I hope they have as wonderful memories as I have from three outings with my folks. I can still smell the coffee on deck before dawn and the woodfire baking bread for the day. Sounds, too, of the islands waking up. Birds, maybe a barking dog, maybe a bell...and the wonderful creaking of the wooden ship.*Added after this entry was posted.