The Schooner Stephen Taber
"Launched in 1871, the Stephen Taber epitomizes the classic coasting schooner. Built in an era when highly skilled shipwrights built fine vessels that were aesthetically beautiful as well as functional, she stands as a proud tribute to nineteenth-century craftsmanship. She is today the oldest documented sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States, and has been honored by inclusion on the National Historic Register. Imagine being aboard a vessel that sailed New York harbor before the Brooklyn Bridge was built ... that anchored at Grant's Tomb when Admiral Dewey retumed from the Spanish-American War ... and was present for the dedication of the Statue of Liberty - the first dedication, that is."
"In keeping with the historic nature of our schooner, there is no inboard power, but Babe, our trusty yawl boat, gives us a hefty push to move us along whenever we need her."
One evening we were joined by the beautiful schooner 'Heritage' in a raft-up in the interesting Booth Bay Harbor
A schooner vacation wouldn't be complete with out a traditional Lobster Bake. This was one of the best nights of the trip, anchored by an island within sight of Deer Isle, ME.