Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel

1638 replica tall ship of Delaware needs a crew.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

1901 Schooner Theoline Disaster

Maine-Built four masted Schooner THEOLINE Smashed in Storm
off Hateras, New York Times 1901 ( Rest of the Story Click Here )

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Schooner Virginia Halting Operations

Schooner Virginia, the 122-foot wooden sailboat built on the waterfront here five years ago, is halting operations because of money problems - at least for now. About 15 people, including the ship's crew and two captains, will be laid off, said Will King, executive director of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, which owns the ship. ( Read More )

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Schooner Roseway

Roseway was built for Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts at the John F. James & Son shipyard in Essex. Hathaway's intention was to build a boat which might best the Canadians in the international fisherman's races popular at that time; to that end, Roseway was impeccably maintained and used only occasionally as a fishing boat.
In 1941, Roseway was purchased by the Boston Pilot's Association to serve as a pilot boat for Boston Harbor. Roseway continued to serve as a pilot vessel until the early 1970s, she was then sold and converted into a passenger vessel for the tourist trade. Roseway changed hands several times in the ensuing decades, operating primarily out of Camden, Maine and the US Virgin Islands. In 1997, she was listed as a National Historic Landmark. Roseway in 2002 donated the vessel to the newly founded World Ocean School.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Two New Schooners

Nine sailors from the barque Picton Castle going on a mission in the Grenada rain forrest to cut down, mill and drag out two 30 feet lumbers to be used as keels for two schooners. The keel laying is this Sunday in Lunenburg.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Three-Masted Schooner Rachel

The wreckage of an old sailing ship has surfaced again on the Baldwin County coast, Alabama, and a spokesman for Fort Morgan says it's most likely the three-masted schooner Rachel.
The ship ran aground in the early 1900s, and its most recent reappearance was on the beach six miles east of Fort Morgan after Tropical Storm Ida struck two weeks ago. Mike Bailey, Fort Morgan's events coordinator, says the Rachel was 155 feet long and was one of the largest Biloxi schooners built.
The Mobile Press-Register reports that Bailey says the ship was carrying a load of lumber when it ran into a storm, and ran aground because it was not carrying enough of a crew to handle it. The ship wreckage has reappeared on the beach, usually after storms, for at least 40 years.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Schooner Harvey Gamage Hauled

The schooner Harvey Gamage hauled at the Northend Shipyard , Rockland, Maine

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Worlds Largest Barque

Launched in 1914, Norway’s tall ship HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl is the world’s largest three-masted barque. The 95-year-old ship is used to train cadets from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. With 50 sails and an old-fashioned rig-system, the tall ship does not carry advanced computer technology, electric engines or hydraulic systems. The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is pictured with the Lord Nelson

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Save The CITY OF ADELAIDE

MORE than 60 prominent South Australians have signed an open letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, calling on him to save the historic ship City of Adelaide. The group is trying to save the ship, which is the oldest clipper of its type in the world. It is currently sitting on a slipway in Scotland and is at imminent risk of destruction.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Maine Windjammers Video

I will also be leading two PhotoCruises in June and August 2010 aboard the 95' schooner HERITAGE out of Rockland, Maine, if you would like to sail and photograph windjammer pleases email me at fredleblanc@comcast.net for more information.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Great Gloucester Schooner Race

Schooners Spirit of Massachusetts, Ernestina and
Pride of Baltimore II
Schooner Ernestina

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

5th World Voyage



Fifth World Voyage of the Barque Picton Castle. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you! Step aboard for Picton Castle's Fifth World Voyage, a 14-month circumnavigation of the globe, sailing westward through the tropics

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lighthouse Storm


LIGHTHOUSE STORM Off the Coast of Brittany, North West France.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

HMS Victory Broadside


To celebrate the amalgamation of Royal Navy museums, a rolling broadside was fired by HMS Victory.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Whaler to Sail Again

The Mystic Seaport Board of Trustees voted and authorized the Museum staff to restore the historic whaling vessel Charles W. Morgan to sailing condition and to plan a ceremonial voyage upon completion of the current multi-million dollar restoration project. The Charles W. Morgan is the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the western world, in pure age, only the USS Constitution, a military vessel, is older.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

North End Shipyard

Schooner HERITAGE & the North End Shipyard, Rockland, Maine

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Schooner Grace Bailey

The schooner GRACE BAILEY was built in Patchogue, Long Island, New York in 1882. In 1939 she became one of the first windjammers to carry passengers, today sailing out of Camden, Maine.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In the Wake of Windjammers

This SlideShow will be the introduction for my new presentation on Maritime Photography.

Tall Ship Collision


The Tall Ship Kaskelot entering Bangor Harbour on Friday 13th June 2008.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pride of Baltimore II

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II during the 2009 Gloucester Schooner Race

Friday, September 11, 2009

PhotoCruise 23rd WoodenBoat Sail-In

I'm off once again for a PhotoCruise aboard the Ketch ANGELIQUE out of Camden, Maine from Sept. 13-19, to join the Maine windjammer fleet for the 23rd Annual WoodenBoat Sail-In. I'll also be doing a book signing at that time for my recent WoodenBoat published book Windjammers Downeast, hope to meet some of you their.

Monday, September 7, 2009

AMERICAN EAGLE WINS

The oldest schooner in the fleet American Eagle built in 1930, the last original Gloucester fisherman still sailing Captained by John Foss won the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Race beating schooner Virginia by 26 sec. Followed by Pride of Baltimore II, Roseway and Alabama.
The favored to win Spirit of Bermuda, Hamilton, Bermuda collided with Perception, Vineyard Haven, MA. before the race and did not race.

Friday, September 4, 2009

25th Annual Great Schooner Race

I'm off to the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival and the
Sept. 6, 2009 Mayor's Race. I'll be sailing aboard the schooner
AMERICAN EAGLE, hope to see a few of my blog viewers.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chimes of Rockland Maine

Three masted schooner VICTORY CHIMES homeported in Rockland, Maine

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

PhotoCruise

I'm off on a four day August 27-30 PhotoCruise on Penobscot Bay, Maine aboard the 1900 built 132' three masted schooner VICTORY CHIMES.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Schooner WENDAMEEN

WENDAMEEN is one of two historic schooners for charter by
the Portland Schooner Co. out of Portland , Maine

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Crew Aloft

" Crew Aloft " aboard the Barque Picton Castle

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

Well I'm off to the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic,
Connecticut ,hope to see many of you their.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

PRINS WILLEM Fire


Fire has destroyed the tall ship PRINS WILLEM, a replica of the 17th-century flagship of the Dutch East India Company in the northern Netherlands. The three-mast tall ship, which was built in the 1980s, in 2003 became a tourist attraction in the northern Dutch port of Den Helder.
The original ship, built in 1649, was the largest ship of the Dutch trading company. It sank in 1662 off Madagascar.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bluenose II Visits Maine

Bluenose II to Visit Maine Maritime Museum , Bath, Maine
In conjunction with our Net Worth Fisheries exhibit, the replica of the famed Grand Banks fishing schooner BLUENOSE II will be docked and open for tours July 5 thru July 7. A glorious reign as Queen of the North Atlantic began with her launching from Lunenburg’s Smith and Rhuland boatyard on March 26, 1921. It tragically ended a quarter century later. In 1963, Bluenose II was launched from the same shipyard, built by many of the men who had worked on the Original Bluenose. Bluenose II is acknowledged to have the largest working mainsail in the world it measures 4,150 square feet. The total sail area measures over 11,000 square feet and BLUENOSE II is 143 feet in length.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Penobscot Bay Storm

Sudden storm on Penobscot Bay Downeast

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pulpit Harbor

Sunset Pulpit Harbor, North Haven, Maine

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Schooner American Eagle

Schooner American Eagle entering Bucks Harbor, South Brooksville, Maine

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bowdoin Sets Sail North for Summer

Schooner Bowdoin underway for Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a summer-long initiative called Celebrating Bartlett 2009. Bowdoin will serve as a traveling ambassador for Celebrating Bartlett 2009 which marks the 100th anniversary of Adm. Robert Peary’s expedition to the North Pole in 1909 and the role played in that endeavor by Canadian Capt. Robert Bartlett.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

On assignment Aboard HERITAGE

I'm off on assignment aboard the schooner HERITAGE out of Rockland, Maine I'll be back June 14 with many new images.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Windjammers Downeast New Book

My New Book WINDJAMMERS DOWNEAST : WoodenBoat Publications. A pictorial tribute to the boats of Penobscot Bay, which make their living carrying sight seers and eco-tourists along the coast of Maine.