About the Lewis R. French Lewis R. French is a lovely two-masted coasting schooner, built in Christmas Cove, Maine. She celebrated her 140th Birthday in 2010, making her the oldest active sailing vessel in the U.S., and a National Historic Landmark. She has a fixed-keel, unlike most Maine Windjammers with centerboards, which makes her somewhat more commodious below decks. She is a good sailor, and a strong competitor in the annual Great Schooner Race, with a shallow draft allowing her to skirt the shore a bit closer than some of her competitors.
You will board the French in beautiful Camden, Maine. The first night of the cruise docked in Camden Harbor at the head of the harbor in a cheerful town park. You will be able to check out the sights, shops, and restaurants all within walking distance.
The next morning she will set out, and as you help to set sails, be on the lookout for eagles, seals, and lighthouses that make Maine so special. The destination of each trip is dictated by wind, tide, and mood, for Lewis R. French is pure sail and has no inboard engine. Once the sails are set and trimmed, perhaps she'll head downeast towards Acadia National Park, or towards enchanting Eggemoggin Reach. Spend the day steering the schooner, learning about the Maine coast and wildlife, or just sit back and watch the scenery drift past. The galley crew cooks up delicious meals on the wood cookstove, so those sea going appetites will be satisfied and then some. When the sun begins to set, the French will settle into a cozy harbor and swing silently at anchor.
While at anchor, you can launch one of the rowboats and explore the area. Head ashore for some beachcombing or hike around a small Maine lobstering town, but be sure to be back aboard for a hearty dinner. After dessert, enjoy time with your new shipmates, stars in the beautiful night sky, or perhaps some music on deck. Bring your talents!
One of the afternoons of your trip Lewis R. French will anchor at a deserted island and you go ashore for an All-You-Can-Eat Lobster Bake, the freshest lobster you've ever had on a beachside bonfire and you can dig right in.
During your trip you'll sail around the hundreds of islands that dot the Penobscot Bay cruising grounds. You will settle into the rhythm of shipboard life and leave that "other world" behind. By trip's end, your new shipmates will have become new friends.
The Lewis R. French at a Glance
Berths: 13 cabins / 22 berths Crew: 4 Length:65 Ft Beam:19 Ft Draft:7.5 Ft
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