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Schooners with a gold star over their image are selling tickets for the public to sail aboard for the race. Please click on their image to visit their website and learn more about pricing and availability.

Large Schooners


Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  122 ft

GSF Location:  Maritime Gloucester Pier

Built in 1926, the Adventure is one of the last of the Gloucester fishing schooners, known as "Gloucestermen," and famous throughout the world. The Adventure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, designated a National Historic Landmark, and an Official Project of Save America's Treasures.



Homeport: Rockland, ME

GSF Location: I4C2 Schooner Docks

Length on Deck:  92 ft

The American Eagle was built in Gloucester in 1930 as an auxiliary fishing schooner.  She is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.



Homeport: Panama City, FL

Length on Deck:  145 ft

GSF Location:  I4C2 Schooner Docks

Brian D'Isernia discovered the original line plans of the 1920s Columbia in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and fulfilled a lifelong dream of bringing a significant piece of maritime history back to life in 2014 when Columbia was (re)born.               



Homeport: Boston, MA

Length on Deck:  112 ft

GSF Location: Ocean Allinace

Roseway is a commanding presence with her tanbark sails and 137ft sparred length. She was designed as a fishing yacht to compete against the Canadians by John James.  Built in 1925 in his family's shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts she works today as an educational vessel for World Ocean School.  Click here to purchase tickets for the schooner race.

Medium Schooners


Homeport: Annapolis, MD

Length on Deck:  48

GSF Location: Mooring

Adventurer is a 1984 fore & aft staysail schooner manufactured by Cherubini Yachts in Riverside New Jersey. She is berthed at Port Annapolis Marina in Annapolis Maryland and captained by Duncan Hood.



Homeport: Bailey Island, ME

Length on Deck:  45 ft

GSF Location: GSF Schooner Docks

Alert was designed and built by Paul Rollins in York, Main, in 1992.  She previously worked as a fishing vessel but now offers public and private charters and educational experiences for students.



Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  58 ft

GSF Location:  Maritime Gloucester Pier

The Flagship of Maritime Gloucester, the Ardelle is a pinky schooner built by master shipbuilder, Harold Burnham. Celebrating her 10th anniversary, Ardelle works as a public attraction and charter boat, providing daily sailing opportunities in Gloucester Harbor. She serves as an educational platform for all of Maritime Gloucester's programing.



Homeport: Mystic, CT

Length on Deck:  50 ft

GSF Location:  I4C2 Schooner Docks

Brilliant is owned and operated by Mystic Seaport Museum and was built in 1932 on City Island, Bronx, by Henry B. Nevins Yard to a design by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens for Walter Barnum. The schooner Brilliant sail-training program introduces teens and adults to life aboard a classic schooner while sailing the New England coast.



Homeport: Fairhaven, MA

Length on Deck:  57 ft

GSF Location: I4C2 Schooner Docks

Launched in 1986 in New Zealand and named for the heroine in the book, The Snow Goose, the 74-foot brigantine was built by traditional methods. Now owned and operated by Northeast Maritime Institute, she is an educational platform and ambassador for the school.



Homeport: Salem, MA

Length on Deck:  52 ft

GSF Location:  Parade of Sail and Race participant only

The original FAME was a Chebacco fishing schooner that was reborn as a privateer when war broke out in 1812.  She was arguably the first American privateer to bring home a prize and made 20 more captures before her demise in the Bay of Fundy in 1814. The current FAME was built by Harold Burnham and is owned and operated by Mike Rutstein as a charter vessel and attraction in Salem harbor. NOTE that charters on the FAME sail from and return to Salem.

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Homeport: Jamestown, RI

Length on Deck:  63.5'

GSF Location: Mooring

Gaff Main and Fore. LF Herreshoff Design 73 (Mistral sister-ship. Designed in 1937. Built 1999. Legendary Yachts - Cold molded Cedar and Mahogany, Carbon spars



Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  65 ft

GSF Location:  Seven Seas Wharf near I4C2

The Thomas E. Lannon was built in Essex, MA in 1997. Her lines were taken from those of the swordfishing schooner Nokomis, designed by Capt. Mel McClain in 1903.  The Lannon was built by eleventh-generation Essex shipbuilder Harold Burnham at the A.D. Story Shipyard.

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Homeport: Newport, RI

Length on Deck:  72 ft

GSF Location: Maritime Gloucester Pier

Built in 1991, Tree of Life is captained by owner Paul Morse. She has circumnavigated the globe twice.  The vessel is known for its traditional design in combination with its modern hull construction.



Homeport: Boothbay Harbor, ME

Length on Deck:  60 ft

GSF Location: Mooring

Tyrone is a 1939 SS Crocker operated by Rayford Chew and Carolyn Corbin out of Boothbay Harbor, ME where they offer sail training and private charter for adults and youth.

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Homeport: Key West, FL

Length on Deck:  63 ft

GSF Location:  I4C2 Schooner Docks

When General (Then colonel) George S. Patton commissioned one of America's greatest designers to conceive him a boat, he had the ultimate ambition in mind: "When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world."  Built by F. F. Pendleton of Wicasset, Maine in 1939, WHEN AND IF now summers in Salem, MA, and is a fan favorite at the Gloucester Schooner Festival each year.

Small Schooners
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Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  37 ft

GSF Location: Mooring 

This beautiful Sam Crocker-designed schooner was built in 1955 by Bud McIntosh in Eliot, ME, and rebuilt by Harold Burnham in 2002 and 2017. Privately owned, this classic workboat-inspired design is all about comfort, simplicity, and seaworthiness.



Homeport: Freeport, ME

Length on Deck: 43

GSF Location: Moorning

Alden Design #309Q was built in 1930 at Goudy & Stevens in East Boothbay, Maine and was the last built of 17 sisters.  Hull and lines were drawn by Aage Nielson and the sail plan by Carl Alberg.  She is a survivor of the 1938 Hurricane and the only truly original example of this well regarded 43-foot auxiliary centerboard schooner.

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Homeport: Boston, MA

Length on Deck:  36 ft

GSF Location: Moorning

Her lines taken from the DOROTHY #291 design by Sam Crocker, EILEEN MARIE was hand built of cypress and oak by Lewis Norris in Hernando Beach, Florida. A red hulled centerboard schooner, she was launched in 1989.

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Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  33 ft

GSF Location: Mooring 

Designed by Scotty Gannett and built by Chester Spear, both of Scituate, MA, and launched in 1951 as the Brenda Lee, she was renamed to Green Dragon as homage to the Green Dragon Tavern, the "Headquarters of the Revolution." Privately owned, she is a staple of the Gloucester Schooner Festival and a much-loved participant.



Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  38 ft

GSF Location: Maritime Gloucester Railway

Commissioned in 2005 and built by Harold Burnham she is the newest in the Maritime Heritage Charters fleet. Harold based her on versions of schooners he had seen in Fitz Henry Lane's paintings. Our Historian Justin thinks she looks like a halibut schooner.



Homeport: Provincetown, MA

Length on Deck:  37 ft

GSF Location: Mooring

ISTAR was launched in 2014 at Provincetown, Massachusetts, showing the traditional coasting-schooner characteristics that compelled her builder to begin construction nearly 40 years before. She is built to Murray Peterson's Coaster I design of 1931. Her builder and owner, Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, is the internationally recognized right whale researcher and scientist with the Center for Coastal Studies. 

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Homeport: Essex, MA

Length on Deck:  32 ft

GSF Location: Maritime Gloucester Pier

Built in 1988 by Harold Burnham, this recreation of the historic Chebacco boat design was named for Essex's foremost historian.  Today, it is the flagship of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. It is an educational platform for their students and serves as the Museum's roving ambassador.

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Homeport: Vineyard Haven, MA

Length on Deck:  42 ft

GSF Location: Mooring

This 100-year-old vessel continues to make history and win awards for her beauty and grace. She was one of the original schooners to grace the Festival 38 years ago. MALABAR II was one of the 10 boats designed by John Alden for his personal use and her build remains nearly entirely true to his original drawings. Featured in the 1999 film Message in a Bottle, starring Paul Newman and Kevin Kostner.



Homeport: Essex, MA

Length on Deck:  32 ft

GSF Location: Mooring

Redbird is a brigantine schooner designed by Bruce Bingham and built by Norman Bonenberger in Vallejo, CA.  When launched in 1982, she and was originally rigged as a brigantine but now carries a double gaff configuration. Owned by the Capt. Stan Collinson and our Gloucester Schooner Festival Chair, Daisy Nell Collinson, she sails out of Gloucester harbor.

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Homeport: Branford, CT

Length on Deck:  36 ft

GSF Location: Mooring

This gaff schooner was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1972.  Cedar over oak as a one-off by a builder named Palmer.  Owned and skippered for the last 10 years by David Coller, she has sailed extensively across the region.



Homeport: Gloucester, MA

Length on Deck:  40 ft

GSF Location: Moring

Designed and built by David Hillyard in Littlehampton, England, Strombus has always been a family affair. Her owners, Thomas and Mrs. Goodwin, brought her across the Atlantic by steamer and proceeded to cruise along the East Coast for several years. This 87-year-old Schooner is now owned and operated by Geoff Deckenbach, Mandy Davis, and family after a complete rebuild and 2017 relaunch.



Homeport: Wicasset, ME

Length on Deck:  36 ft

GSF Location: Moring

The Sycamore is a steel, two-masted schooner built by Fred Bowers over 16 years.  It is a steel representation of a pinky schooner, one of two vessel designs originally used in Maine's fisheries in the early 19th century. She is named after sycamore trees that surrounded the builder's home growing up. The Sycamore was designed by Thomas Colvin, constructed by Alna Iron Works, and launched in 2017.

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