Year Built: 1983
The Schooner Heritage is one of the newest Maine Windjammers in the fleet. She was built in 1983 by her owners, Captains Doug and Linda Lee, at the North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine.
The Heritage was launched on April 16, 1983 in front of a crowd of thousands of people, including crews from TV networks and other national media. Built along the traditional lines of the schooners that navigated the waters off the coast of Maine more than a hundred years ago, the Heritage was designed to provide passengers with a level of convenience and cruising amenities that makes sailing on the Heritage one of the best windjammer cruises around.
In the four years it took to construct the Heritage, attention was given to details aimed primarily in providing passenger comfort making the sailing experience truly a memorable one. The Heritage is a big, powerful, wonderful, stable vessel, 95 ft long and 24 ft wide, with plenty of deck space for everyone. Unlike most schooners, passengers can easily enter their cabins, enjoy a spacious place for meals, and not have a hard time going up and down because of stairs.
The Heritage continues the long historical tradition of Maine coasting schooners. The owners interest in the maritime history of the coast of Maine has been the foundation of the schooner’s design. She is not a replica, but rather the next generation of coasting schooner designed specifically with passenger comfort and safety in mind.