A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation

photo courtesy of Charles Durfor
February 2016 
Schooner Heritage
P O Box 482
Rockland ME  04841


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Hello Shipmates,

This month's cover shot was the grand prize winner in the 2015 Maine Windjammer Association's photography contest. We were so pleased with it that we used it for our 2016 calendar.  

We've had astronomically high tides this week.  With a little bit of a storm surge on Monday, the level was over the bulkhead and under the crane!  

We're getting an early start on outfitting this year.  Sam Clark has had a bit of spare time to help out.  So nice to have him here working in the warm White Room varnishing Lois Lane.

One of our favorite winter activities is going to the flea market in Union the first Saturday of each month.  On this latest visit Linda found this lovely old recipe booklet, which as close as we can tell was printed around 1915.

An advertisment in the final pages reads courtesy of the Motor Yacht Sesame and may very well be how the booklet got its title.  

Another sponsor of the printing was The Adams Studio, custodian of the Lamson negatives.  Lamson was a well known photographer who captured life in Maine in the late 1800's. We're well acquainted with his work.  

The three masted schooner Olive T. Whittier was built by A. F. Ames in 1891 at Rockland, right next to the North End Shipyard. She can be seen in this 100+ year old 4 x 5 inch glass plate negative, that was taken by Lamson at the Berlin Mills in Portland, Maine in the mid 1890's. The schooner was loaded with lumber, about to depart on a long successful voyage to Argentina. 

This negative is part of the maritime collection
of Capts. Douglas K. & Linda J. Lee.
We recently celebrated Shary's 18th anniversary as our reservationist.  During that time she has booked 9,384 guests on the Heritage and had four office assistants, the current being Coco, seen in the picture below. Like the captains she gets to know the people who sail and the happenings in their lives, as well as those of their families. As she says, "This isn't a job, it's a way of life."

From the Galley

For coffee break Linda baked Hot Milk Cake. Here's the recipe:

And if you can't read it from the photograph, it goes like this:

    Cup flour, one-half cup hot milk, not scalding, one-half teaspoonful salt, two teaspoonfuls baking powder, rounding, one cup sugar, two eggs, flavoring.  Add milk last.
Mrs. Edward Lynch.

Well we're off to watch the races in Daytona.  We've changed the oil in Elegant and she's ready to travel.

We still have cabins available on most of our trips if you've been thinking about sailing this year.  Shary will be in the office waiting for your calls.

Happy Valentine's Day!