2011 marks the 140th anniversary of the Schooners Stephen Taber and Lewis R. French, both built and launched in 1871. Today, they are the oldest working vessels in America. As passenger-carrying Windjammers, the vessels continue the tradition of seafaring in Maine.
The French and the Taber, in collaboration with the Maine Maritime Museum, will celebrate the occasion with a series of events featuring the 1871 Schooner Showdown, a match-race between the magnificent vessels. The race, scheduled for July 17 in Rockland, will be followed by an awards ceremony and cocktail reception at Rockland waterfront hot spot, The Pearl. The ships will be dockside for public tours and on June 18, and both will be offering day sails.
Friday, June 17:
- 12:00 p.m. Schooner Showdown: Race starts from Camden Harbor
- Race open to press and special guests.
- Lunch and refreshments will be served on each boat
- For reservations, please inquire via contact us page.
- Boarding time to be announced
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Boats cross finish line at the Rockland Breakwater
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. Reception, awards ceremony and tours at restaurant in Rockland. Former owners, captains, crew and special guests will be there to help us celebrate!
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. Boats open to the public for tours.
Saturday, June 18:
- 10:00-12:00 pm Daysail on both boats benefitting the Maine Maritime Museum
Tickets are $30. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Maine Maritime Museum
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