Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Schooner Stephen Taber

Stephen Taber was built in 1871 on Long Island, New York to transport cargoes of brick, coal, lumber, oysters and a variety of other cargoes. From 1871 thru 1920 Stephen Taber hauled freight around Long island sound and up the Hudson River. In 1936 she was brought Downeast rebuilt and used to haul lumber on Penobscot Bay. Stephen Taber was finally in 1946 once again refitted for the Maine windjammer passenger trade. She has become known as the "Good Luck Vessel" because of the caring attention she received from a series of owners through her many decades of service. The Stephen Taber is the oldest documented sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1980 the Stephen Taber was bought by Captain Ken Barnes who sailed her in the Maine windjammer passenger trade for 25 years, today his son Captain Noah Barnes sails her home ported out of Rockland, Maine.

1 comment:

ByE Photos said...

Beautiful. One of my favorite schooners in Maine.