Schooner Bowdoin Facts

Schooner Bowdoin

Schooner Bowdoin

  • Length Overall: 88 feet
  • Beam: 21 feet
  • Displacement: 66 tons
  • Draft: 10 feet
  • Hull: White oak
  • Deck: White pine
  • Power: Gaff rigged sails on two masts. . . auxiliary diesel engine, 190 Hp. Cummins
  • Masts: Douglass fir
  • Sails: Oceanus™
  • Rigging: Gaff rigged schooner, bald headed, knockabout
  • Anchors: two 500 lb. fisherman, 3/4″ stud link chain
  • Navigation Equipment: radar, GPS, INMARSAT-C, VHF & SSB radio.
  • Speed: under sail – 10 knots, maximum
  • auxiliary – 7 knots, maximum
  • Crew: 16

Completely rebuilt in 1980-84 at Percy & Small Shipyard, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine

Launched: 1921, Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard, East Boothbay, Maine

Cost when built: $35,000.00

Special Features: Ice barrel at top of foremast, reinforced and designed for ice work and Arctic exploration

Voyages North: 28 north of the Arctic Circle, four times wintered over, frozen in ice; sailed from Wiscasset and Boothbay, Maine (two such voyages since owned by Maine Maritime Academy)

Length of North Voyages: one year to two months

Safety Features: Fully USCG certified as a sailing school vessel and passenger vessel

Current Owner: Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

Homeport: Castine, Maine

Prior Owner: Schooner Bowdoin Association