Photos and Story by Doug Mills
Over the next week they will do whatever is needed to get her ready for the upcoming sailing season.
It has been nearly 81 years since she was first launched in Portland, Maine in the year 1931. Herbert Hoover was the president, US unemployment was at 8 Million. In Germany, the National Socialist Party is gaining strength under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.
Timberwind served as the Portland pilot until 1969 when she was replaced with a new diesel powered steel hulled pilot. She was brought to Rockport and transformed to carry passengers for 3-6 day trips along the coast of Maine
Much like his boat, captain Bob Tassi started a completely new life in 1998 when he moved his family from Nashville, where he was a successful music promoter, to Maine where he took a job as a deck hand on a local schooner. He worked his way to Mate and soon to Captain. Now he is the owner and captain of the Timberwind. He is a long way from Nashville living out his dreams on the coast of Maine.