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Two- and three-masted schooners were dependable workhorses in the coastal economy. These small, workaday schooners were commonplace along the inlets and islands of Maine–they were the pickup trucks, semi trucks, and fishing vessels of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
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The rise of steam and gasoline engines meant small schooners were no longer the fastest, cheapest, or most flexible way to move cargo. The large number of schooners soon exceeded demand as they became relatively more costly to operate. Many were simply left to rot; others were sold cheap. By the mid-1930s, Mainers found a new role for some of these vessels—taking vacationers out on pleasure cruises, embracing nostalgia for the time of commercial sail.

Windjammer Journal

Rose Galinari cruised aboard the Clinton in July 1939, the fourth year Frank Swift's fleet was in operation. The Clinton, built in 1886 at Milbridge, was the smallest of the fleet at 52 feet long. Tap or click on the journal to open it.

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