Sunday, October 1, 2017

Taking Down the Topmast on Windjammer MARY DAY, Camden Harbor, Maine

Schooner Captain Barry King (shown) and his wife, Jennifer Martin: the owner/operators of the Windjammer MARY DAY, in Camden Harbor
Built in 1962 in South Bristol, Maine, The MARY DAY is the first schooner built specifically to carry passengers and they offer 3, 4, and 6 day cruises through exquisite Penobscot Bay.
The Windjammer MARY DAY had just completed the last cruise for the season. The crew were in the midst of taking down the topmast.

"The schooner is 90′ on deck, 125′ sparred length, displaces 96 tons, and carries 5,200 sq. ft. of canvas with more sails than any other schooner on the bay."

A PSA On the Best Way to Steer a Boat in Camden Harbor

The MARY DAY celebrated her fiftieth birthday in 2012.  She was named for the wife of Captain Havilah Hawkins, who commissioned her.

 A friend recounted her experiences as a MARY DAY passenger, including this quote:
I can still smell the coffee on deck before dawn and the woodfire baking bread  for the day. Sounds, too, of the islands waking up. Birds, maybe a barking dog, maybe a bell...and the wonderful creaking of the wooden ship.
SnowySailor noted:
As a wooden ship moves in the ocean, one can hear and feel her being 'alive'...  Once in the North Sea onboard an actual 15-Metre, in the middle of the night, the Sailing Master stuck his head out the hatch and asked us to trim one of the sails as he couldn't go to sleep... the boat just wasn't 'moving right,' he felt in in the "creaking"... 

They are known for their outstanding, homemade food.

The Marblehead native is a Registered Maine Guide and a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT.

“Being in Maine has saved her,” King said. “Mold and rot need heat. This boat is frozen and pickled by saltwater. I’d never take her anywhere else.” (Quoted here from Bangor Daily News.)


  1. Thank you for the photographic and written tour of this schooner! It was wonderful!

  2. Your readers might be interested to learn that the "Mary Day" was commissioned by Captain Havilah Hawkins, who named the ship after his wife. His son Haddie, with whom I was at school, skippers the sloop "Vela", used in educational programs sponsored by the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin.

  3. I am moved by the comforts of home by way of the kitchen and how well stocked it appears including what look like Robinson Ransbottom pitchers, some of my favorite pottery. I would relish waking up to the smell of coffee and a wood fire, the sound of the flapping sails, and the enjoyment of tasty morsels on a beautiful wooden sailing vessel such as the Mary Day!

  4. Wonderful, thank you! I love the pottery. Of course no boat should set sail without a copy of Sailing for Dummies...essential!