Voyage of a Vintage Schooner

The Mary Rose's destination: Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Photo courtesy Wikipedia (2005). ran an interesting first-person account written by local sailor Mike Martel on the voyage of the Mary Rose, a 1926 65-foot staysail schooner designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff that had broken free of its mooring in Bristol, Rhode Island, in November and, by strange coincidence, drifted onto the shores of Herreshoff’s former estate at Love Voyage Rocks. The boat was repaired and, a few weeks later, sailed on to the British Virgin Islands.

Here’s an excerpt: On Monday, Nov. 22, the beginning of Thanksgiving week, a crew of four local men set out from Portsmouth aboard the 1926 staysail schooner Mary Rose. Our destination was the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. We sailed her down there to fulfill her owner’s desire to have her spend the winter in that tropical paradise, but it was a voyage that almost didn’t happen.

She had been re-launched only a few weeks before at the Hinckley dock in Portsmouth after a major refit following disastrous damage caused by her breaking loose and running up on the rocks a year or two before. Holes had been knocked into her hull that a man could walk through without bending his neck. But she had been carefully restored and robustly repaired, her double-planked topsides rebuilt and some of her steel frames replaced. She wet her keel once more without a hitch in late October, and had motored to the Herreshoff dock in Bristol.

Read the full story:

East Bay Rhode Island

Related Information:

Rockport Marine: Restoration of Mary Rose

Mike Martel’s Blog

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