Saturday, June 9, 2018
Historic Schooner Timberwind Returns Home, Increases Fleet in Portland Harbor
Michelle Thresher, co-owner of Portland Schooner Company, said, “We are really excited about bringing Timberwind back to her home port of Portland. This vessel is important because it is a rare maritime artifact; it’s a preserved chapter, if you will, of the history of Portland’s working waterfront. We are proud to be her next steward and the keeper of her story. By bringing her back to Portland passengers will be able to go on board, hear the history, and get a feel for how an early 20th century pilot boat operated.”
In 1971 the vessel was converted to a passenger carrying cruise schooner and re-named Timberwind. Before returning to Portland, Timberwind served in Camden-Rockport and Belfast.
Timberwind begins sailing for the public on Saturday, June 16 and she will also participate in the 2018 Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta that kicks off the summer sailing season from June 22-24 with five to seven large, traditional schooners racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor.
For more information about the historic schooners in the Portland Schooner Company fleet, see portlandschooner.com
About Portland Schooner Company
Operated by owners Scott Reischmann and Michelle Thresher, the Portland Schooner Company is based out of the Maine State Pier and–with the addition of Timberwind–sails three historic schooners out of Portland Harbor.
The 88-foot schooner Wendameen, like Bagheera, was designed by the famed yacht designer John Alden. She was built in East Boothbay, Maine, and launched in 1912 when she took center stage in the golden era of fast, sleek ocean schooners.
Inactive since the 1930s, she was thoroughly restored in the late 1980s and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wendameen is certified by the US Coast Guard to carry 48 passengers on deck and can also accommodate 14 guests for our overnight excursions.
Bagheera is also vintage Alden, featuring long overhangs, a sweet and graceful sheer line and a long bowsprit. For construction, Alden turned to the rich shipbuilding heritage of Maine and found able craftsmen at Rice Bros. Shipyard in East Boothbay.
In the 1920s, Bagheera sailed in the Bermuda Race at least once before being delivered
to the Great Lakes, where she won the annual Chicago-Mackinac Race for several
years running. In her more than 90 years of cruising the world's oceans, Bagheera has crossed the Atlantic, cruised areas of the Pacific, including the Galapagos, and spent many years in the Caribbean Sea. In the 1980s, Bagheera was fitted out in San Diego for the passenger trade. She was transported back home to Maine in the spring of 2002 to serve Portland Schooner Company.