Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Schooner Mercantile

Mercantile was built in 1916 by the Billings family of Deer Isle, Maine. She was built as a shoal draft centerboard two masted schooners to transport cargos of barrel staves and firewood to the lime kilns along the Maine coast. Mercantile also carried cargoes of salt fish from Frenchboro and Swans Island Maine to Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1942 joined Frank Swift's fleet of windjammers in the passenger trade. Mercantile has also been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Today she is home ported out of Camden, Maine owned and operated by Captain Ray Williamson. Length: 80', Beam: 22' , Draft: 6' 7" ( 10' 7" centerboard down ) ,Sail Area: 3015 sq. feet

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