The 55th Windjammer Days Festival ~ 2017




All events in Boothbay Harbor, unless otherwise specified. Events subject to change.

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Arts and Crafts Show on the Boothbay Common. Route 27, Boothbay.

1 p.m. - Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club One Design Race - Best viewing: Maine State Aquarium, McKown Point Rd., W. Boothbay Harbor.

1:30 p.m. (NEW TIME) - Blessing of the Fleet - Best viewing of the parading, blessed vessels through the inner and outer harbor: Whale Park, Fishermen’s Memorial Park (Atlantic Ave.), and on a boat!  See video of 2016:

6-9 p.m. - Reggae cruise- go to Pier 6 departure and tickets.


1-3 p.m. - Tours of the Sail Loft, working studio of Nathaniel Wilson Sailmakers, East Boothbay. At the traffic light (the being the operative word) turn left onto Route 96. Follow straight to East Boothbay Village. Friends of Windjammer Days volunteers will steer you toward parking area.

6 p.m. - Broadcast of the Miss Windjammer Special, BRCTV Channel 7 filmed June 20.


7-10 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast: Whale Park, Commercial St.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Friends of Windjammer Days information tent hours: Commemorative items, schedules, shuttle maps sign up for competitions, information here. Whale Park, Commercial St.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Artists’ Alley: Boothbay Harbor Fire Dept., 11 Howard St. 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Kids Alley: Crafts & games, Boothbay House Hill Rd.

10-10:30 a.m. - Pirates of the Dark Rose puppet show: Whale Park, Commercial St.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Windjammers for Wee Mateys: Games and such for the younger set, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library lawn, 4 Oak St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, McKown Point Rd., W. Boothbay Harbor. A FREE Shuttle Stop (LOGO)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Maine State Aquarium activities, McKown Point Rd., W. Boothbay Harbor. A FREE Shuttle Stop 

11 a.m. to High Noon –Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship docked at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Commercial St.

11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Food booths are open in the Whale Park

12:30-1:30 p.m. Pirate duels / meet the pirate bird, Oreo: Whale Park, Commercial St.

1-2 p.m. - Concert: Pookie and The Boys - Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

2-3 p.m. - Concert: Double Entendŕe - Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

1:30-3 p.m. - Recruiting for pirates: At the Kids’ tent, Boothbay House Hill Rd.

3-4 p.m. - Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship docked at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Commercial St.

3-4 p.m. - Antique Boat Parade: 30-40 antique vessels parade around the inner & outer harbor. Best viewing: Whale Park, Fishermen’s Memorial (Atlantic Ave.), and the Footbridge.   See video clip from 2016 parade: 

4-5 p.m. - Concert: Noel Arrington, Gabe Tonon & Pip Walters, Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

5-7 p.m. - Concert: Dyer Neck Gang, Whale Park stage

6-7 p.m. - Cannon lessons & pirate shoot out: Whale Park

7-9 p.m. - Concert: Nikki Hunt Band- Whale Park stage

7:30 p.m. - Red Cloak Haunted History TourTake a lantern-lit walk with The Lady in the Red Cloak. Special ghost and marine lore added for the festival! Must pre-register. Call 207-380-3806.



Sign up for lobster eating OR the codfish relay race 

at the Friends of Windjammer Days information tent in the Whale Park

7-10 a.m. - Pancake breakfast: Whale Park, Commercial St.

9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Friends of Windjammer Days information tent hours: Commemorative items, schedules, shuttle maps here. Whale Park, Commercial St.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Artist’s Alley: Boothbay Harbor Fire Dept., 11 Howard St.

9:30-10 a.m. - Pirates of the Dark Rose weapons demo: Whale Park, Commercial St.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Boothbay Region Land Trust Kids’ Tent: Activities, crafts, more … Boothbay House Hill Rd.

10 am. - 4 p.m. - Tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Station: McKown Point Rd., W. Boothbay Harbor. (A Free Shuttle Stop)

10:30, 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. - Activities at the Maine State Aquarium. Detailed events on this page.  The aquarium will close at 3 p.m. to participate in the Street Parade at 4.

10:30-11:15 a.m. - Cannon Lessons & Pirate shoot out: Whale Park, Commercial St.

11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Food booths open in Whale Park, Commercial St.

High noon – 12:30 p.m. - Brit Invasion/Attack on Boothbay Harbor: Watch from Whale Park, Commercial St.

1-3 p.m. - Windjammer Fleet Arrives – 12 majestic ships sail into the harbor!

1-3 p.m. - Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship: Docked at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Pier 6, Commercial St.

2 p.m. - Lobster eating contest! In the Whale Park – just look for the long table. Sign up at Info tent in the park

2-4 p.m. - Concert: The Ronda Dale Trio - Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

3 p.m. - Fish relay races! Start line at the corner of Commercial St. (next to the Whale Park) and Boothbay House Hill Rd. to Sherman’s Books & Stationery and back to start … in fishermen’s rain gear … carrying two large fish … Good times!

4-5 p.m. - Windjammer Days STREET PARADE -  Parade route begins at the schools on Townsend Ave. (across from the YMCA) and proceeds through to Commercial St.

5-6 p.m. - Concert: Y-Arts Youth group - Whale Park stage, Commercial St. 

7-9 p.m. - Concert: The Soul Sensations - Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

7:30 p.m. - Red Cloak Haunted History Tour: Take a lantern-lit walk with The Lady in the Red Cloak. Special ghost and marine lore added for the festival! Must pre-register – call 207-380-3806.

9:15 p.m. - FIREWORKS! Best viewing: anywhere around the harbor ... and on the water. In case of inclement weather, the display will be on the next best evening. 


7-11 a.m. - Windjammer fleet sets sail ... farewell ‘til next year ...

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -  The History of the Schooners - Boothbay Region Historical Society, Oak St.

1 p.m. - Windjammer Days Golf Tournament: Boothbay Harbor Country Club, Country Club Rd., Boothbay. All are welcome to play.

4-5 p.m. - Ernestina-Morrissey Reception: A fundraiser at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, Commercial St. Donations for the Ernestina-Morrissey Foundation gratefully appreciated.

4-5 p.m. Concert: The Chris & Dave Gagne Trio, Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

6-8 p.m. - Concert: The Murky Waters Band: -Whale Park stage

7:30 p.m. - Maine’s humorist Tim Sample, Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. Box office: 207-633-5159.



10 a.m. to 2 p.m - The History of the Schooners - Boothbay Region Historical Society, Oak St.

4-6 p.m. - Adventure and Harvey Gamage Fundraising Reception & Tours! At the Carousel Marina, Atlantic Ave., aboard, mingle with the captains and crews ... and make a donation to each schooner’s foundation.

4-6 p.m. - Windjammer Cocktails at the Whale’s Tale Restaurant (at Carousel Marina) where Cruzan Rum and Pinnacle Vodka will be featuring Dark and Stormy and Moscow Mule with Regatta Ginger Beer adult bevvies!

5-7 p.m. - Oyster Shucking Contest - Mine Oyster Restaurant, Pier 1

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Concert: The Delta Knights Band – Whale Park stage

7 p.m. - Concert: U.S. Navy Band Northeast - FREE- Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave.



6-11 a.m. - Edgecomb Community Pancake Breakfast: Hosted by the Edgecomb Fire Dept. and the Community Church at the Firehouse, 473 Boothbay Rd./Route 27, Boothbay. FMI: 207-882-4060.

8 a.m. - Rocky Coast Road Race: Sign up possible morning of race, 7:30 a.m., at the YMCA, Townsend Ave.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The History of the Schooners, Boothbay Region Historical Society, Oak St.

5 p.m. - 3rd Annual Tug of War - Across The Harbor!! Best viewing from the Footbridge and adjacent parking lot.

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Concert: The Spaceheaters – Whale Park stage, Commercial St.

7:30 p.m. - Seth Glier- Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. Box office: 207-633-5159.

9 p.m. - Lighted Boat Parade – Boats of all sizes light it up and parade around the inner harbor; marking the end of the 2017 festival.


The Friends of Windjammer Days are a 501c3 non-profit group of volunteers who have come together to continue the tradition of Windjammer Days in Boothbay Harbor, committed to maintaining the heritage of this maritime event to enhance the Boothbay region community and the experience of maritime Maine. 

The group has been at the helm of Windjammer Days since 2014.

Friends of Windjammer Days: Dianne Gimbel, Mark Gimbel, Capt. Pete Ripley, Kim Gillies, Laura Blake, Janet Brennan, Trish Warren, Lori Bailey, Kris Ward, Stephanie Hawke, Doug Goldhirsch, Bruce White, Chris Gleason, Ramsey Lafayette, Nancy Rowe, Sandy Wheeler, Jackie Barnicoat, Bill Bailey, Michelle Davis ... and countless, dedicated volunteers!

Friends of Windjammer Days’ information tent will be on the waterfront at the Whale Park, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28.




Schooner American Eagle

Captain/owner: John Foss

Homeport: Rockland, Maine

122 feet overall, first launched on June 2, 1930 as the Andrew & Rosalie, she was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ben Pine renamed her American Eagle on May 5, 1941.

Capt.. John Foss bought the schooner in 1984, and with the help of five other boat captains, completely restored her - including the sails, which were constructed by Nathaniel Wilson of Nathaniel Wilson Sailmakers in East Boothbay, Maine.

Foss’ American Eagle was launched in Rockland in April 1986.

The vessel graces the cover of the 2017 Windjammer Days Guide produced by the Boothbay Register.

Member of the Maine Windjammer Association


Captains/owners: Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly Davis

Homeport: Bailey Island

A two-masted wooden tall ship,71 feet overall, built in York, by Paul Robbins.

Original name: (1992)  Tall Cotton - a passenger sailboat; as a commercial fishing vessel it was renamed Alert; after six years of fishing out of Portland, the current owners returned it to a passenger vessel.



Windjammer Days Festival

Est. 1962 by Capts. David and Marion Dash


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A History of Windjammer Days 

By LISA KRISTOFF                                           

In the summer of 1962, Capts. David and Marion Dash were cruising into Boothbay Harbor and passed three schooners harbor-bound due to fog that were attracting a great deal of attention.

David Dash thought one could make a day of it and include festivities for people on shore and on the schooners coming to the harbor.

On July 10, 1963, with the help of his long-time friend and advertiser Eugene Buzzell – and $100 from the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce and $50 – from the Town of Boothbay, Dash did just that.

Many schooner captains re-routed their schedules to participate in that first Windjammer Day. The first five schooners to the harbor were the Victory Chimes, captained by Boyd Guildout of Castine; Mary Day, Capt. Havilah Hawkins out of Sedgewick; Mattie and Mercantile, Capt. Jim Nesbitt out of Camden; Tabor Boy, Capt. George Glaesar; and Richard T. II, captained by Dash, who served as chairman of the first Windjammer Day.

The schooners rendezvoused at Squirrel Island and sailed into the harbor, greeted by hundreds of people along the shoreline, on boats and in the harbor.

Artist Lonnie Sisson designed and created commemorative scrolls for the passengers aboard the schooners inscribed with their names. Original framed ink drawings of each schooner by artist Peggy C. Hodges were framed and presented to each captain. On shore, passengers feasted on lobster or steak dinners in the town parking lot between Fisherman’s Wharf Inn and the R.A. Scott Company, while schooner captains attended a captains’ dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf.

At a ceremony hosted by Franklyn Lenthall, a panel of judges chose Yale student Joan Payne to be the Queen of the Windjammer Fleet and presented her with books and an orchid corsage. Payne road aboard the Victory Chimes and broke bread with the captains.

The queen was selected from among all female passengers on one of the five vessels by judges Jean Blakemore, Joe Holland and Walter Wright.

Windjammer Day 1963 included an aquatic show organized by Pierce Marine Service in front of its marina on the east side; key chains bearing numbers set afloat in the harbor provided boaters an opportunity to win prizes, from boat cushions to ski tow rope.

Folk singers Frank and Pete put on a hootenanny in the town parking lot and the Choralaires of Boothbay Harbor (Marion Dash, Irene Farnham, Diane Michaels, Martha Vaughn, John Hartford, Herbert Godfried and Malcolm Pierce) sang sea songs.

To enable as many people to view the schooners from the sea as possible, Dash and Capt. Eliot Winslow of Southport gave boat rides to raffle winners.

The raffle prizes included the first Windjammer Day oil painting, of a three-masted schooner by Peggy C. Hodges, tickets to the Boothbay Playhouse production of “Miranda,” a sea chest, a 4-month-old Cocker Spaniel, a gazing globe, Boothbay Register subscriptions and a “fine pair” of binoculars, along with the grand prize, a one-week sail aboard one of the schooners.

A front page story in the July 18, 1963, Boothbay Register bore the headline: “Windjammer Day Celebration Apparent Success in Region.”

“The streets, sidewalks and waterfront were be-speckled with visiting tourists and year-round residents…” the Register reported. “The harbor was crammed with boats of all sizes and descriptions…”

The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce sent more than 800 press releases to national media. White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger put out a press release through the White House Press Association.

Southport resident Robert MacKusick researched and wrote a history of windjammers for a special section of the Register, a tradition that has grown with the festival.

The schooners’ entrance into the harbor was covered by news stations WGAN and WCSH with approximately three minutes of coverage of the event on their 11 p.m. newscasts. Windjammer Day was also covered by the Department of Economic Development and stringers for the Associated Press and United Press International.

Following the event, the Chamber office reported an increase in calls about lodging in the area due to all of the publicity Windjammer Day received. The Chamber elected to make Windjammer Day an annual event to be held the second week in July, and the schooner captains indicated they would be interested in participating in coming years.

“The first Windjammer Days was really a very simple event,” Dash told the Register in 1963. “It involved a lot of community participation and a limited budget. We had an original concept. Our goal was to present a simple, wholesome re-creation of the old days.”

Snapshots through the decades

The Miss Windjammer Pageant was held from 1967 through 1987 and was an official preliminary Miss America pageant. It was open to young women age 16 to 26, who were year-round or summer residents of Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Kennebec or Androscoggin counties.

The contestants could not have ever been married and had to be planning to continue their education. The pageant followed the same format as Miss America: contestants were interviewed by the judges, modeled swimsuits and evening gowns, and presented a talent in no more than three minutes. The first Miss Windjammer was Elizabeth “Betsey” Barrett and the last was Amanda Crafts.

Each year, the winner was crowned by a former Miss America.

In 1987, the festival was still a one-day event. That year, for the first time, a male contestant was to be crowned Captain Windjammer. However, no one signed up for a chance at the honor and Miss Windjammer continued to reign alone.

The Windjammer Days Committee dropped the 20-year-old pageant in 1988 in favor of a Windjammer Review, to include acts from around the region. The review was held before a standing-room-only crowd at the Opera House.

The Windjammer Days of the 1980s included an air show by Jim Parker with flybys by military aircraft and craft from Owl’s Head Transportation Museum.

The ’80s saw the creation of the Windjammer rum cocktail (1 oz. white rum, 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao and 1/2 oz. simple syrup, with equal parts orange and pineapple juices and lemon mix, shaken well to create a frothy top). The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce issued a commemorative glass (perfect for serving the cocktail): 15 1/2 oz. medium blue semi-tulip shaped with a sham bottom bearing the chamber logo in chalk white.

The first Windjammer Days print was created from a watercolor by East Boothbay artist Earle B. Barlow, who described what he believed the painting should convey: “Although there are many activities which are part of the Windjammer Days celebration, these activities center around the beautiful vessels, and especially their arrival at the inner harbor under full sail… In creating a painting that would capture the essence of these dramatic moments, it seemed of particular importance first that the schooners should be presented in a way to convey the excitement they evoke… the schooners be represented not just as pretty boats, but with an authenticity that would identify specific vessels…”

An article in the July 3, 1986, issue of the Register described some of the many ways the festival had been described. “Someone once said (Dash) had taken the concept of a museum and made it come to life again. In a more succinct manner, a fisherman commented on Windjammer Day, ‘Looks like 40 years ago.’”

1988 marked the first time the festival had national and international coverage when NBC came to town. Willard Scott was scheduled to do the reporting, but at the last minute the network sent Joe White instead.

The first antique boat parade took to festival waters in 1989.

By the 1990s, in addition to the street parade, fireworks and a few musical concerts, there were softball games, a street dance at the town landing with live music, youth events on the ball field and U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue demos.

The first golf tournament was in 1991, called the Windjammer Charity Celebrity Open at the Boothbay Country Club, and would become one of the top annual fundraising events for Special Olympics Maine. The event was moved to September in 2000 and is now known as the Boothbay Charities Classic.

In 1996, 34 years after they founded the festival, the Capts. Dash served as the Mariner’s Mardi Gras street parade Grand Marshals.

Over the years the festival has included open houses aboard some of the visiting vessels, band concerts on the library lawn and waterfront park, garden club tours, chowder and dessert contests, pancake breakfasts, a photo contest, waterfront food vendors, tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, tours of shipyards, including Washburn & Doughty and Hodgdon Yachts, baseball/softball clinics for kids, softball games, street dances, a Bang & Go sailboat race, church suppers and street dances.

Over its 50 years, the number of visiting schooners has varied; several years there were close to 20 in the harbor.

In 1994 12 were expected, but fog, southwest winds up to 30 knots and six- to eight-foot swells prevented all but the schooners Bill of Rights from Philadelphia and Maine out of Bath from attending the festival.

That year, a wind-driven thunderstorm caused small rivers to run down Boothbay House Hill Road into the waterfront parking lot. After the storm passed, Boston-based band Heavy Metal Horns went on with their show, but the fireworks were cancelled. They were saved for an extra special Fourth of July display.

Fireworks became a fixture of the celebration in 1984. However, the first time fireworks played a part in Windjammer Days was 1970. At that time, the festival was held in July, and due to inclement weather conditions on the Fourth, the fireworks were delayed. Windjammer Days was moved to late June in 1990.

“It is an awesome event. I never realized that it would come to this. People in town have grown up with it, and the people on the boats plan their vacations around it… In the beginning I got a lot of flack about parking – I guess some things will never change,” Dash told the Register in 1987. “For Marion and me, it’s a thrill to sail between two boats and feel the power of the sailing vessels.”

And then in 2013 ...

Local group chosen to run Windjammer Days (excerpts)

By Ryan Leighton

On December 17, the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to award the bid to the Friends of Windjammer Days committee.

Mark and Dianne Gimbel met with Chamber board members two days later to discuss taking over the region's summertime festival.

The Gimbels, representing the Friends of Windjammer Days committee, were just one of two organizations who submitted proposals. The other party interested was a Chamber member that had several business ties to the Midcoast region, but the Chamber chose to award the local group who had the prior experience volunteering with Windjammer Days.

n an email to the Boothbay Register, Dianne Gimbel wrote, “We are happy to be chosen and we are discussing the conditions with the Friends (of Windjammer Days). We are looking forward to a really great WJD 2014.”

Peter Ripley, who has worked the Boothbay Harbor waterfront since 1972, was recently appointed to the Friends of Windjammer Days Board of Directors. Ripley responded in an email that he was very happy with the Chamber's decision to award the bid to the local group.

“The conditions made by the Chamber were not completely unexpected and the Friends of Windjammers Days are continuing discussions with the Chamber,” Ripley wrote. “Most of all we are all looking forward to a fantastic WJD 2014!”

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Captains/owners Doug and Linda Lee

Homeport: Rockland, Maine

Heritage is a 95 foot long, 24-foot wide Maine coasting schooner designed and built by the Lees who modeled her after a 19th century cargo-hauling coaster. The Lees spent one year designing Heritage and four years in the off season building her at the North End Shipyard in Rockland. Heritage was launched on April 16, 1983 from the shipyard. She is the “youngest” member of the Maine Windjammer Fleet.

The first schooner the Lees' bought together was the Isaac H. Evans in the 1970s. They completely restored the Evans and sailed her for 10 seasons, including trips to Boothbay Harbor for the festival back when it was still held in July.

This year marks the 35th year the Lees have attended the Windjammer Days Festival, their only westward trip. Back in the 1990s the Lees’ set sail from Port Clyde bound for Boothay Harbor, but a hostile sea churning up eight foot seas forced Heritage to return back home.

Member of the Maine Windjammer Association





Capts./Owners  Tom & Jennifer Smith

Homeport: Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The 65-foot vessel was built of white oak and cedar by Herb & Doris Smith in Albion, 1997-1999. The Smiths modeled her after Gloucester fishing vessels. Eastwind is the sixth schooner the dynamic couple have built; the first five were “Appledores.”

The Smiths and their kids, Tom (now owner & captain), Lisa and Susan, sailed around the world twice aboard their own vesselsThey are authors of two books about their world voyages: “Sailing Three Oceans” and “Dreams of Natural Places.”


Lazy Jack

Captain/owner: Joe Tassi

Homeport: Boothbay Harbor

A top sail schooner, 48 feet overall, with lines taken from the traditions of the Gloucester fishing schooners of the 1800s, Lazy Jack was built in 1947 at Whittier & Lowe Shipyard in Ipswich, Massachusetts by designer/builder Fred Whittier. Whitter named her for his favorite Key West haunt, Lazy Jack’s.

Lazy Jack was a renowned charter boat in the Bahamas in 1950s until the late ’60s. Sailing a route from Ipswich to Man O War Cay to Cuba, she carried various cargoes including rum, guns, cigars and passengers. 

Joe Tassi, originally from San Francisco way, bought Lazy Jack in 2003 after closing a 27-year chapter as a musician, songwriter and record executive to pursue a dream of owning an historic schooner with his son, Michael.





Captain Paul Haley of Capt. G. W. Full Associates

Homeport:  New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Ernestina-Morrissey, currently being completely restored at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard here in Boothbay Harbor, is a two=masted gaff schooner with a rich history. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated her a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Built at the Jame & Tarr Shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts, she was originally launched as the Effie E. Morrissey on Feb. 1, 1894. She started life on the sea as a Gloucester Grand Banks fisherman, then emerged as an Arctic explorer, and later a WW II survey and supply vessel.

As the Ernestina-Morrissey, she was the last of the Cabo Verde transatlantic cargo ships during the years 1946-1965. The Republic of Cabo Verde gifted Ernestina to “the people of the United States” in 1982. 

A fundraising reception and tour  will be held in her honor during the festival on Monday, June 25 from 4-5 p.m. at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, 120 Commercial St.  ALL donations go to the Ernestina-Morrissey Foundation.


Owner/Captain: Harold Burnham

Homeport: Gloucester, Massachusetts

This captain’s family has been boat-building since the early 1600s! The Ardelle is a 45-ton,  58-foot typical full-rigged clipper “pinky” schooner, named for Harold’s grandmother. Ardelle’s design is largely based on the original pinky Maine –  although the Ardelle is larger and has more of a clipper feel due to its slightly more defined bow.

Ardelle was constructed in 2010-2011 almost entirely from recycled materials – the spars, rigging and systems were largely salvaged from another schooner. Harold milled the lion’s share of Ardelle’s timber from trees discarded by local arborists and tree companies.

Two other schooners built at the Burnham Shipyard you may have heard of are  Thomas Lannon and Fame of Salem.



Harvey Gamage

Owner: Phineas Sprague

Captain: J B Smith 

Homeport: Portland, Maine


Overall, a 131-foot rigged topsail schooner, the vessel was built in Bristol by shipbuilder Harvey Gamage. 

A former Ocean Classrooms education vessel, the Harvey Gamage now offers a world-class sailing education exploring Cuba’s marine environment through Ocean Passages, LLC for gap students. Additionally, Ocean Passages is partnering with Maine’s Baxter Academy for Technology and Science for an inaugural two-week sailing excursion up the coast – open to all Maine high school students – departing on July 22.

 Deck tours will be held on the Harvey Gamage, docked at Carousel Marina (Atlantic Ave), from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 30.




Captain Donald Peacock
Homeport: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The 122-foot Privateer Lynx is a living history museum designed to educate children and adults alike about American history through active sail training aboard a real wooden sailing ship, built by Woodson K. Woods and launched July 28, 2001 in Rockport. Woods, was inspired to build a privateer just like the original Lynx built in 1812 by Thomas Knapp of Fells Point, Maryland. Through an interactive program, students learn about the challenges the Privateer Lynx faced in the War of 1812.


Schooner Adventure

Captain Willy Leathers
Homeport: Gloucester, Massachusetts

The 121-foot Schooner Adventure, designed by Thomas McManus, was built in 1926 and launched on Sept. 16 at the John F. James and Son Yard in Essex, Massachusetts.  McManus designed the ship as a “knockabout” having no bowsprit, which were known as “widow makers” due to the dangers this presented working on the jib. For the first 27 years, Adventure was a fishing boat catching cod, haddock and halibut off Georges Bank.

In 1953, she was reborn a windjammer and used to cruise the waters along Maine’s coastline. Her grace, beauty and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname "Queen of the Windjammers." Eventually, Captain Jim Sharp donated  Adventure to the people of Gloucester, Massachusetts where extensive restoration occurred. 

Adventure will be docked at Carousel Marina on Atlantic Ave. Deck tours will be held on Friday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m.


Lewis H. Story

Owner: Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Homeport:  Essex, Massachusetts

The 30-foot long Lewis H. Story is a Chebacco vessel constructed by Essex boatbuilder Harold Burnham in 1998, a commission from the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum to serve as its flagship. 

The Lewis H. Story’s  hull, deck arrangement and rig are typical of post-Revolutionary War inshore fishing vessels.  She is named in honor of  the Essex shipwright, carver, designer, modeler, researcher and foremost maritime historian, Lewis H. Story, 1873-1948.  All contemporary studies of Essex history and the design of the American fishing schooner are based on his lifelong study and scholarship.


True North

Owner/Captain Andrew Grainger
Homeport: Boston, Masssachusetts

Schooner True North was built in 1939 by Goudy & Stevens in East Boothbay. The ship is 56 -foot (overall) original Alden Schooner of which approximately 45 remain in the world.




Lisa Kristoff/Boothbay Register

The Maine State Aquarium welcomes you to join us for fun activities at the Aquarium and at the library lawn during Windjammer Week 2017.

 Tuesday, June 27

10 AM – 2 PM – Touch tank on the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library lawn

10 AM – 4 PM – Aquarium’s Activities follow!

Explore the Zone (10 -11 AM) – Experience the thrill of finding hermit crabs, green crabs, snails, clams, and more in the intertidal zone. Aquarium staff will discuss the challenges that these animals face living between the tides. Children must be accompanied by an adult and water-shoes or boots are a must.

Crafts on the Porch (10 AM – 3 PM)

Lobster Presentation (11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM) Do you love the sweet, succulent taste of a Maine lobster but curious about how this delicious crustacean makes it to your dinner plate? Then attend a presentation on the porch and staff will teach you about the fundamentals of the lobster industry, its people, and the techniques used to catch them.

Creature Feature (12 PM, 2 PM & 4 PM) Do you want to learn more about the unique features of Maine’s invertebrates? Then join us for a 15 minute presentation about fascinating hermit crabs, ancient horseshoe crabs, squirting sea scallops, gross sea cucumbers, and more. 

Behind the Scenes ( 2:30 PM – sign up in advance due to limited space call 633-9406) Are you curious about what’s on the other side of the glass? Here is your opportunity to get an insider’s view of the tanks, support systems, and animal storage facility. A 30 minute tour will provide the answers on how the Aquarium’s animals are kept happy and healthy.

 Wednesday, June 28

10 AM – 3 PM (Aquarium closes at 3 PM today for staff to be a part of the parade)

Explore the Zone (10 -11 AM) – Experience the thrill of finding hermit crabs, green crabs, snails, clams, and more in the intertidal zone. Aquarium staff will discuss the challenges that these animals face living between the tides. Children must be accompanied by an adult and water-shoes or boots are a must.

Sport-fishing off the Dock (11 AM – 2 PM) Do you want a new fish story to tell? Try your luck at an activity that is fun, exciting, and relaxing. Rods and reels are available free-of-charge on our dock, and staff will provide necessary instruction.

Lobster Presentation (11 AM, 1 PM & 2 PM) Do you love the sweet, succulent taste of a Maine lobster but curious about how this delicious crustacean makes it to your dinner plate? Then attend a presentation on the porch and staff will teach you about the fundamentals of the lobster industry, its people, and the techniques used to catch them.



Mischief and Mayhem with the Pirates of the Dark Rose


Tours of the Must Roos

Tuesday, June 27

11 a.m. to noon

3-4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28

1-3 p.m.

Pier 6, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Commercial St.


Cannon Lessons and Pirate Shoot Out

Tuesday, June 27

6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28

10:30-11:15 a.m.


Weapons demonstration

Tuesday, June 27

3-4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28

9:30-10 a.m.

Whale Park, Commercial St.


Pirates of the Dark Rose puppet show

Tuesday, June 27

10-10:30 a.m.


Recruiting for Pirates 

Tuesday, June 27

1:30-3 p.m.

Boothbay House Hill Rd.


Pirate Duels 

Tuesday, June 27

12:30-1:30 p.m.


British Invasion & Attack on Boothbay Harbor

Wednesday, June 28




Tuesday, June 27

2-3 p.m.

Whale Park stage


      Double Entendre   ...  an Americana based duo, Cheryl Mercer and Jeff Levesque, with music ranging from jazz standards to modern country.

Cheryl is a southern gal who spent 20 years fronting for the metal band Inner Peace, a coupla years with a punk band and a whole lotta country and blues singing with a peppering of show tunes and gospel and you’ve got yourself ... one heck of a vocalist, is what you’ve got!

Jeff is a Maine boy from Greene way who plays guitar, slide guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin.Jeff has been a performing musician for over 20 years who was influenced by  Duane Allman, Leadbelly, Etta James, Bill Monroe, Albert King, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and and some good old bluegrass. \

He’s also a member of the modern country band  The Whiskey Militia.

 Jeff and Cheryl are both former radio deejays (Cheryl was spinning records at oldies station 104.3) so their love of music is reflected in the variety of songs they perform.

Pookie & The Boys

Tuesday, June 27

1-2 p.m.

      Pookie and The Boys is a band made up of Cape Elizabeth high school students  and college students. They have played Boothbay Harbor before ... perhaps some of  you might remember them at Mine Oyster on Pier 1?

Noel Arrington and Gabe Tonon

Tuesday, June 27 

Noel Arrington -Gabe Tonon - Pip Walter

4-5 p.m.

Whale Park stage

    Well known to the music lovers of the Boothbay region, Noel and Gabe play regular like gigs together round the town - and have played at Windjammer Days festivals past together (like last year) or with other local musicians. This year they’ve asked friend and fiddler Pip Walter from Cape Liz way to join them for a little bit of country, little bit of blues, Americana ... bluegrass ... 

Tuesday, June 27

5-7 p.m.

Whale Park stage

      The Dyer Neck Gang has been rockin’ for half a dozen or so years now. Trivia:  Joe Dalton, co-founder of the Gang (with original/former drummer Garry Blackman Jr.), was the only musician in The Generics band to play the whole 22 years they rocked towns all around the state of Maine.

     This is one hell of a dance band. Wear your best dancin’ shoes for the original tunes and covers of artists including The Black Crowes, Alan Jackson, Charlie Daniels, The Eagles, Marshall Tucker Band, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynryd, Tim McGraw, Johnny Cash and ...

Nikki Hunt Band

Tuesday, June 27

7-9 p.m.

Whale Park stage


       The Nikki Hunt Band was a regular musical happening in the Habah the past few summers giggin’ regular at the former Rocktide Inn ‘cos the crowds love this band. And, it has a certain something you just don’t see every day. In a rock ‘n roll band - Nikki’s the vocalist - and “hoopist,” Sonny True on bass and Brian Smalley on guitar join Nikki on vocals. And then there’s a couple guest musicians - Doug Morgan singing and playin’  guitar and Brooks Tuttle singing and keyboardist.

     Oh, and, BTW - it’s BYOH ... Bring your own hula hoop ...

Ronda Dale and Rob Babson

Wednesday, June 28

2-4 p.m.

Whale Park stage

     Before Ronda Dale went solo, or solo with one or two other musicians - mostly Rob Babson of The Delta Knights - she was bassist and harmony vocalist for eight years in the Portland-based original music ensemble Truth About Daisies.

     Rob sings and plays guitar, harmonica, bass and banjo with his 4-7 piece Knights and is the bassist for Time Pilots. For more on Rob, visit

     Ronda and Rob perform eclectic covers with blues, jazz, vintage  country, R & B, and jazz influences and original songs . 

Pat Colwell and The Soul Sensations

Wednesday, June 28

7-9 p.m. Whale Park stage

       Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations have been playing R&B, blues and rock for decades. Wilson Pickett, John Lee Hooker; Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha, Springstein, Clapton, Ella, Old Blue Eyes and so many artists are covered by this sensational band.

      It’s dancin’ time kids!

Y-Arts youth group - Jr.Theater Fest Atlanta

5-6 p.m. 

Whale Park stage

                The mighty creative, energetic force that is the Y-Arts youth group will be dancing and singing excerpts from this year’s shows - and maybe a preview of things to come. Directed by Emily Mirabile.

Dave Gagne Band

Thursday, June 29

4-5 p.m.

       Reggae, rock, and pop ... a little something for everyone ... 

Murky Waters Band  -  Michael Lewis photo

Thursday, June 29

6-8 p.m.

Whale Park stage


         Country, country rock, country blues ... with the Murky Waters Band - Garry Blackman, Tim Sprague, Dick Spofford and Jackson Gay  it’ll be country with passion.

         Both Sprague Blackman have won awards from the Country Music Association in Maine. In Sprague’s case, also from the CMA of Tennessee. In 2013, the Maine CMA named him Male Vocalist of the Year.

         Spofford, usually the drummer for the band is a multi-instrumentalist who plays pedal steel, banjo, dobro and fiddle.

         Gay has been bass player for Debbie Meyers, and the Don Campbell Band for 15 years.

Friday, June 30

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Whale Park stage

         This band has been getting people up and dancin’ for over 20 years - and why shouldn’t they, they play it all!  Jazz, classic rock, reggae, R&B,, soul, funk, blues, disco .... even waltzes!

         Rob Babson is the bandleader who sings and plays guitar and harp, Darren Whitney - sax (alto, tenor & soprano) and flute, Brian Hodgman - drums and vocals, and  Justin Maxwell, bassist and vocals.

Saturday, July 1

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Spaceheaters, two guitars, bass and drums; augmented at times with keyboards and percussion, play their unique brand of funk, surf, jazz and rock ‘n roll, weaving tasty guitar riffs with funky grooves combining choice covers with a diverse range of original compositions.

Band members: Pete Thayer, Ron Arsenault, Bob Knowles and Dave Rawson.


John MT Seitzer and Bruce MacDonald on the fiddle

Artist Alley has moved to 11 Howard Street in Boothbay Harbor - inside and outside the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station. There will be great artists, craftsman, artists at work, and silent auction items at this creative 2-day event - Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28.

 A variety of art ... 

Westport Island Pottery, Jewelry, Anchorpak, Pet Portraits, Fiber Arts, Silk Designs, Photography, and art in other media.
Art Demos -

Watch art in progress all day Tuesday with John Seitzer and Stephen Giannini; and from  12:30-2:30 p.m. East Boothbay artist Tony van Hasselt will join them.   On Wednesday afternoon demos will be by Bobbi Heath, Carol Douglas and Ed Buonvecchio

Silent Auction ...

        please note: bidding closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, just before the parade. Items can be picked up after the parade

or through arrangement made with  Sandy Wheeler - 

Here are some auction items that are events themselves:

*  A 3-hour Harbor cruise for up to 16 passengers on the Nellie G II - Host  a unique cocktail party this summer! Minimum bid: $500 

*  Foursome of golf at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club - a $600 value

*  A two night stay on Ram Island - See Boothbay Harbor from a whole new perspective in this rustic three bedroom lighthouse keepers residence. Minimum bid: $800 

*  Kayaking tours with Tidal Transit - Either from a Harbor location or Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s dock

*  Family Membership to Coastal Maine Botanical Garden - value: $90 

*  An evening for two at the Carousel Music Theater -value: $50
Silent Auction items donated from: Shannon's Unshelled, A Silver Lining, Boothbay Railway Village, Allison Evans Pottery, House of Logan, Seawicks Candle Company ... andmany other items will be available as well so bid high - and often! - to support Windjammer Days. 


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