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Monday, April 5, 2021

In the News: South Bristol's Gamage Shipyard, Builder of Schooner MARY DAY

Schooner MARY DAY - Photos by Salt Water New England
The Lincoln Country News reported "South Bristol’s Gamage Shipyard Has New Owners."

"In 1959, Gamage built the first schooner designed specifically for the windjammer passenger trade, the Mary Day. The 83-foot Mary Day, launched in 1960, started a new era at the yard."



















 

11 comments:

  1. Is that a Vermont Castings wood stove below decks? I grew up getting dressed next to one on cold winter mornings. Also, curious about why so many pitchers?

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    1. Yes. That’s Vermont Castings. It’s a good product. We had a beautiful “hunter green” model. There’s something about having pitchers around to fill in when needed on deck.

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    2. Thanks. We started with a matt black "Vigilant" before upgrading to a deep red model with glass doors and mitten dryers. Nothing like huddling around the wood stove after playing in the snow.

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  2. I was at school with the Hawkins brothers. The Mary Day was commissioned by their father and named for their mother.

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  3. Does it still have the parlor organ in the saloon?

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  4. Great post! I love the Lincoln County News and am a regular subscriber. In 1971 on an extremely cold early spring day, I was fortunate to attend the launching of the Bill of Rights at Gamage's. What a party! Bands playing, a handsome floral wreath in the shape of a horseshoe on her prow and with the crack of a bottle of champagne, she slid smoothly and gracefully down the ways into the icy water. Harvey Gamage was there beaming from ear to ear. She still plies the waters of San Diego Harbor.

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  5. Beautiful Camden, Maine. I can't wait to go back!

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  6. What a perfect way to start the day, with such wonderful photographs. Truly beautiful! Thank you!

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  7. Love sailing on the Mary Day! Last year's outing was canceled, but booked again to sail the Great Schooner Race this July. Awesome ship! And Capt. Barry King and his crew are tremendous sailors and guides to the beautiful Penobscot Bay.

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  8. The Gamage is back in Maine now https://sailingshipsmaine.org/harvey-gamage The Mary Day is being uncovered as we speak for the coming season.

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  9. In the spirit of historic boats, I want to share the "Western Flyer", the craft used by writer John Steinbeck during his documented six-week voyage to the Sea of Cortez. The Western Flyer was built in 1937 in Tacoma Washington as a state-of-the-art purse seiner to fish for sardines out of Monterey. The builder was Martin Petrich, Sr., owner of the Western Boat Building Company. The boat is undergoing full restoration to "stir curiosity by connecting art and science in the spirit of John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and their journey on the Western Flyer". As a patron of this effort, it has been quite a journey! https://www.westernflyer.org/

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