October at the yard
courtesy of Sarah O'Connor
courtesy of courtesy of Sarah O'Connor

Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

October 2016 


In This Issue
Cruise News
Crews News
Pictures from Here
Pictures from Away

Jayne Phair photo
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         T he off season has begun. The morning pictured above was four days after our 2016 season wrapped up. The American Eagle has her cover half on, schooners have been moved around to their winter berths, and the first vessel to be hauled for repairs on our railway is lining up to enter the cradle. I'm rowing around in the yard punt between the catwalks.

         If you still can't find that pair of glasses, hat, or fleece vest that you might have left on the schooner this summer we may have them in the office. Give us a call and we'll head them in your direction. Or if you would like anything from the ship's store we can do t hat, too.

        These newsletters are becoming increasingly visual, which reminds me to encourage you to submit entries to the annual Maine Windjammer Association photography contest. Prizes range from thank you to a trip on the schooner of your choice! Deadline is November first, 2016.

Cruise News

And for cruise in the news, here's a blog of our last trip for 2016. Thanks, Emilie.

                                                                                                        courtesy of Sarah O'Connor

Planning really ahead
                Turned out this fall the peak of foliage for Penobscot Bay and down east was October 15th, about two weeks later than average. With that in mind I'm adding two more cruises for 2017: a four night trip boarding Sunday night October  8th, returning Thursday morning October 12.. and a final fall foliage adventure boarding Friday night October 13 and returning for the season Tuesday morning October 17. Either trip $ 675. per person! Not on the website yet, but will be soon.

                Have a look and let us know when you'd like to sail.  SailBoston 2017 is about full up; on our exclusive American Eagle only cruises there is room left on Down East for ten days, CastleBay for four, our Gloucester Race adventure, and photography with Greg Gettens for our WoodenBoat Sail-in trip.

Sail to the islands of Maine 2017        Schooner American Eagle
5% discount for returnees
Any trip is available for charter until the first person reserves.
Sign up now, we'll hold your cabin, just send in your deposit by January 15, 2017

after 6 pm
by 11 am
Nights Rate
Fri. May 26 Mon. May 29 3 $595 Long Spring Weekend
  Tues. May 30 Sat. June 3 4 $595 May into June
  Sun. June 4 Thurs. June 8 4 $695 Spring sailing
O Fri. June 9 Tues. June 13 4 $795 Schooner Gam - One night we'll raft up with a half dozen windjammers as part of the gam.
& Wed. June 14 Sat. June 24 10 $2,195 SailBoston/Stellwagen Bank - Be part of the parade of the world's tall ships in their largest gathering. Enjoy the festivities, ship visits and an offshore day adventure to the marine sanctuary with the greatest population of whales off New England.
  Sun. June 25 Sat. July 1 6 $995 Windjammer Days to Boothbay Harbor - Sail into exciting Booth Bay for a lobsterbake ashore and fireworks. We often see puffins and whales along the way.
  Sun. July 2 Sat. July 8 6 $995 Great Schooner Race - A one-day race this trip from port to port, with an emphasis on sailing and fun.
O Sun. July 9 Sat. July 15 6 $995 Lighthouse Parade - There are two dozen lights in our usual cruising ground. Friday features a parade of sail and a visit to the Breakwater lighthouse.
& Sun. July 16 Wed. July 26 10 $1,995 Down East for Real - beyond Acadia National Park, to the bold coast and dramatic harbors and islands. We sail through Canadian waters to port visits in Lubec or Eastport.  The American Eagle has made a dozen or more trips to this most beautiful area.
  Thurs. July 27 Mon. July 31 4 $795 Summer sailing
  Tues. Aug 1 Sat. Aug 5 4 $815 Lobsters and Music Festival - Four days of sailing with an island lobster picnic and an evening of eclectic music at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival.
O Sun. Aug 6 Sat. Aug 12 6 $1,095 Perseid Meteor Week and the Boat Show - Peak meteor showers the latter part of the week.  Plus a ticket to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors boat show on Saturday.
  Sun. Aug 13 Thurs. Aug 17 4 $845 CastleBay - Enjoy the music of Maine and the Celtic lands of Scotland and Ireland performed by Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee, collectively known as CastleBay.  Concerts and workshops aboard.  Bring your voice!
  Fri. Aug 18 Mon. Aug 21 3 $695 Best of Summer Weekend
  Tues. Aug 22 Sat. Aug 26 4 $795 Maine Sampler 
  Sun. Aug 27 Wed. Aug 30 3 $695 Almost Full Moon Sailing
O & Thurs. Aug 31 Wed. Sept 6 6 $995 Gloucester Schooner Race Cruise - Great hospitality and a Sunday race in the Eagle's old home port. Whale watching and offshore overnight sailing along the way on our longest six day cruise. We've won eleven times.
  Thurs. Sept 7 Sun. Sept 10 3 $695 September Sailing
  Sun. Sept 10 Sat. Sept 16 6 $965 WoodenBoat Sail-In & Adventure Photography- The fleet sails into WoodenBoat Harbor for a Tuesday get-together. Music, visits to the boat school and bookstore. Adventure photographer Greg Gettens will demonstrate adventure photography techniques aboard and ashore during the trip. All camera types welcomed.
  Sun. Sept 17 Thurs. Sept 21 4 $745 First Fall Sailing
  Fri. Sept 22 Tues. Sept 26 4 $725 Fall Sailing
  Wed. Sept 27 Sun. Oct 1 4 $695 First Fall Foliage
O Tues. Oct 3 Sat. Oct 7 4 $675 Fall Foliage 

Sun. Oct.8 Thurs. Oct.12 4 $675 Fall Foliage 

Fri.  Oct 13 Tues. Oct.17 4 $675 Fall Foliage Final Flurry
O = full moon      &= unique to the American Eagle     
Any cruise over a full moon will give us the opportunity for an evening sail.

All our cabins accommodate two; for single occupancy add $30 per night.  Deposit of $350 per person, balance due 6 weeks before sailing, full refund less $50 per person fee until then. Should you cancel within 6 weeks of sailing, your payment will be returned only as others are booked for that trip. Re-bookings are subject to a $50 per person fee.

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 Crews News
                         Sarah has taken some memorable pictures this season. Where she found the time
                   I have no idea   .


The mate out exercising our tender Roscoe in Pulpit Harbor

A contribution to the final fall flurry dinner last night out

Someone is eating a hamburger!

Pictures from here

     Off Deer Isle

                               WoodenBoat Harbor (Great Cove in Brooklin) with the American Eagle eager to sail 
                                   off for another coastal adventure.

Waiting for a breeze on a sunny morning

An island picnic

and some of the things the galley brought ashore for the party

Pictures From Away




Gertrude L. Thebaud   

                                                                                                                                                            I took this one

                 This model of the  Gertrude L. Thebaud  on display at the Peabody Museum in Salem,                               Massachusetts has been around almost since the schooner was launched in 1930. 
                  She is so  accurate that the names of crew on the model have been identified. The

                 American Eagle, while quite a bit smaller, was rigged for fishing in much the same 

                 manner. Both vessels used the same sailmaker and, for a time, had the same owner.





September's puzzle

Alright, I guess this may well be the Effie M. Morrissey: short bowsprit 
and stub topmasts  to support a radio antenna. September's hat goes to Mike Carstanjen!

courtesy of MB Rolfe


                              It's the  end of this month and the schooner  is ready for winter work. We'll                                             be ready to welcome you aboard May 26th, 2017.  And don't forget about the

                        photography contest!

      John and the crew

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