Sally, Ruth, Chris, Marcel, Matt & Harry braved the cold on Wednesday to put the first coat of green on the Wherry and spile, cut and scarf a third plank for the starboard side of the 14 foot Whitehall. An amazing adventure awaits you as resident caretakers conduct a tour of this special island.
The temperature on the water and the island can vary tremendously, so please be prepared for changing weather conditions.
CB editor Dan Houston visited America’s eastern seaboard in summer 2013, on a whistlestop tour of a dozen yards. Inspirational, I think, is the one word I would use if forced to keep it that short about my trip to Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts in the early summer. Taylor Allen, president of Rockport Marine, the yard behind Adventuress – CB’s 2013 Restoration of the Year winner. Greg Rossel is well known to long-term readers of CB for some of his insightful boatbuilding articles written a few years back. The 33ft (10.1m) Reliance Model at Bristol, RI, is a nod to the 1903 genius of Nat Herreshoff. This is the recreation of Nat Herreshoff’s workroom in the museum at Bristol – on the site of the famous yacht and boatbuilding company.
Nat Wilson is a traditional sailmaker based at East Boothbay, just about an hour south of Rockport.


Joe Loughborough (Loughborough Marine Interests) is a Brit who moved to Rhode Island after decades skippering boats. New Bedford was built on whaling money and for generations whalers were built by the Beetle Co, until 1921 when they switched to Beetle Cats (boss Bill Womack pictured).
The Seguin Island Light was commissioned by George Washington in 1795 and is Maine's highest and second oldest lighthouse.
There is no food service on the boat or the island, so bring a picnic to enjoy on the island. This cruise may be cancelled in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions or unmet minimum ticket sales, and cancellations are made by the Captain on the day of the cruise. I’d voyaged there aboard the Gannon & Benjamin schooner Rebecca, riding the warm Gulf Stream conveyor current north from the Caribbean. We are thinking that she is possibly the most important restoration in the world at the present time, now that the Charles W Morgan is sailing.
We found him setting up shop early one morning in Searsport, Maine, where he is teaching high school kids maths and physics via boatbuilding. We went to their Belfast, MA, offices to find out more and then went for a test run on a SoT powerboat. Using the good-feeling North Sails classic cloth, but also able to source a heavy natural cotton canvas duck – for the suit of sails for the restored whaleship Charles W Morgan for instance – Nat and his team make sails by hand.


Now based in nearby Wareham, the company is going strong and has just built a new whaler… for the Charles W Morgan! If you dare, venture onto the light tower's catwalk for majestic views and stunning photos. The ferry departs from Phippsburg, and you will have approximately two hours on the island.
Depending on the tide, guests may need to climb a ladder, and there is a steep hike over rough terrain to the lighthouse. If the Museum cancels a cruise, you will have the opportunity to reschedule, or receive a refund. Rhode Island was where the pilgrimage began, seeing the famed IYRS school set up by Elizabeth Meyer and seeing Joe Loughborough’s yard where they restored the second-time-famous Dorade (see p23). See the 1st order Fresnel lens and visit the keeper's house museum to learn about living on the island. From there it was a road trip up into the beautiful leafy land of Maine to see some of the people behind the restorations that have graced the covers and pages of CB for so long.



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