Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best of 2012: Historic Schooner Isaac H. Evans Makes Unscheduled Pit Stop.

The historic schooner Isaac H. Evans is out of the water at North End Ship Yard after grounding off Isle Au Haut. Time to make sure there is no major damage some maintenance and back to work.
The Isaac H. Evans was built in Mauricetown, New Jersey in 1886 and spent many years oystering on the Delaware Bay. Captained by Brenda and Brian Thomas, she now specializes in kid-friendly sailing adventures; families with children as young as age six are welcome on any cruise. National Historic Landmark.

"The Isaac H. Evans was built by George Vannaman in Mauricetown, New Jersey in 1886, on the banks of the Maurice River that leads into Delaware Bay. She will be celebrating her 123rd anniversary this year!  To survive that many years you know she must be an exceptional and well-loved vessel.  She was built when oystering was the biggest fishing industry in America and spent many years working the Delaware Bay before she came to Maine for a new life.  In 1971 she was brought from New Jersey to the old Percy and Small Shipyard which is now part of the Bath Maritime Museum. By 1973 she was completely rebuilt and adapted for her new industry.
    The designation of National Historic Landmark is one we are very proud of. Though it is purely honorific and doesn't mean we get any government money, grants, or tax breaks, there are only a handful of vessels that are so honored. This designation is awarded to vessels that are recognized as being of extraordinary historical significance to the United States.


    Although steeped in history, the Evans has a reputation for always being a well-maintained and neatly kept schooner with very comfortable amenities.  A legacy of her past occupation, she is a very shallow-draft vessel allowing us to haunt the islands of the coast, seeing seals, eagles, osprey, and visiting the small harbors we love."

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