Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bark TRAJAN Discovered

Sailing Bark Trajan
The Sinking and Discovery of A 19th Century Lime Carrier
On December 5th 2008 the discovery and identification of the shipwreck Trajan in Newport Harbor,Rhode Island was the culmination of luck, perseverance and research by Divers/Maritime Historians John Stanford and Mark Munro.
The Trajan was a Bark rigged sailing vessel and took her name from the Roman Emperor Trajan. She was built in 1856 at the yard of H. Merrian in Rockland Maine, had a length of 125’, a beam of 29’ 6” and a draft of 13’. From 1856 to 1864 she made several passages between New York, Cuba, and England. By 1867 she was engaged in the Rockland Lime Trade under the command of Captain W. Sleeper. At the time of the Trajan’s loss, August 17, 1867, she was on a voyage from Rockland Maine to New Orleans carrying a cargo of lime. Lime was a dangerous cargo: if it got wet, a chemical reaction created heat and sometimes caused the schooner to catch fire. This was to be Trajan’s undoing.

Though no photos of the Trajan are known to exist, she was similar to this 1860s freight bark. For the rest of the story Click Here.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Isaac H. Evans

My Latest Digital Painting Isaac H. Evans Catalog # 2039

The Isaac H. Evans was built in Mauricetown, New Jersey in 1886, on the banks of the Maurice River that leads into Delaware Bay. She will be celebrating her 121st anniversary this year! She was built when oystering was the biggest fishing industry in America and spent many years working the Delaware Bay before she came to Maine for a new life. In 1971 she was brought from New Jersey to the old Percy and Small Shipyard which is now part of the Bath Maritime Museum. By 1973 she was completely rebuilt and adapted for her new industry. Today she is carrying guests instead of oysters out of Rockland , Maine.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008


Built in 1896, and named for the Brazilian seaport at the mouth of the Amazon, the Belem originally shipped chocolate in its hold from Brazil to France. At 170ft its first shipment of wine from Languedoc France to Dublin this February carried 60,000 bottles of fine wine saving an estimated 140 grams of carbon per bottle. On each of the bottles is a stylized sticker reading “Carried by sailing ship, a better deal for the planet.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Windjammer Cooking

WINDJAMMER COOKING: Great Recipes from Maine’s Windjammer Fleet
By Jean Kerr and Spencer Smith
Cover Photo by: Fred LeBlanc
For the rest of the story CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Built in 1999 by Scarano Boat Building, Adirondack II is reminiscent of the classic turn of the century pilot schooner. Like the Pilot Schooners that worked the coast throughout the 19th century she is a wooden hulled traditionally rigged schooner and she is a working boat known for her elegant profile and surprising speed.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

WIND The Movie

The sailing action was so great I just had to post this video.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Schooner Sultana

The original Sultana was built in Boston in 1767, as a Revenue Cutter. It’s mission was to inspect the holds of cargo ships and ferret out smugglers, who were looking to avoid paying King George’s taxes under the Townshend Acts (1767). Goods imported into America, notably lead, paper, glass and tea (think the Boston tea party), were taxed. The result, colonialists were outraged. During the Sultana’s four years of patrolling off the U.S. coast, and after searching hundreds of merchant vessels, she had only made one smuggling seizure. Today a replica of the schooner Sultana sails out of its historic home port of Chestertown, Maryland. For the rest of the story Click Here.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Stad Amsterdam

The Stad Amsterdam - a clipper, built along the classical lines of this type of ship but equipped with the latest technology. The Stad was the result of a joint project between the city of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the human resources company, Ranstad. They built a ship for chartering, which at the same time would become a training center for young, unemployed people, to enable them to learn a new profession at sea.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Collector Prints December Special

Collector Fine Art Prints: December Special
" ROSEWAY SAILS " 11x16 archival pigment ink print on media,
matted 16x20 (includes shipping and handling) $ 39.00