We recently caught up with schooner captain Barry King in Camden Harbor. He and his wife, Jennifer Martin, are the owner/operators of the Windjammer Mary Day. They had just completed their last cruise for the season the previous day and were now in the midst of taking down the topmast.
Built in 1962 in South Bristol, Maine, The Mary Day is the first schooner built specifically to carry passengers and they offer 3, 4, and 6 day cruises through exquisite Penobscot Bay.
|"The schooner is 90′ on deck, 125′ sparred length, displaces 96 tons, and carries 5,200 sq. ft. of canvas with more sails than any other schooner on the bay."|
|If one had to identify a vacation that most epitomized the ideals of this blog, a WindJammer cruise may just win.|
|A PSA On the Best Way to Steer a Boat in Camden Harbor|
|The Mary Day celebrated her fiftieth birthday last year.|
|A Strong Candidate for Best Rocking Chair Ever|
A dear family friend said this, of one of her trips on the Mary Day:
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.
|They are known for their outstanding, homemade food.|
|The Marblehead native is a Registered Maine Guide and a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT.|
|Barry, as my husband and I, had spent years at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset and we compared notes on our long list of common friends.|
|He shared his perspectives on how today's yachting world is critical to keeping the craft of boat building, especially in Maine, alive.|
Some people looking at trends in Internet business models wonder if privacy in the future will be a luxury only accessible to the richest among us.
I think of authenticity in much the same way. As new experiences are increasingly defined by video games and television shows on one extreme and resorts and cruise ships on the other, today's availability of these windjammer adventures may seem like unparalleled luxury to our grandchildren.