This year’s Maine Windjammer Association Lifetime Appreciation award was awarded to Captain John Foss, former captain of both Schooner American Eagle and Schooner Lewis R. French. After over 40 years working on the water, Captain Foss retired after the 2021 season. Captain Barry King of the Schooner Mary Day presented the award after the Great
The American Eagle has the look and feel of an historic schooner with plenty of modern comforts and amenities. Her fair lines, solid timber and tarred rigging are as they were ninety years ago when she first sailed in New England waters. One of the things Captain John loves most about being a windjammer captain is providing a sense of place for a new group of guests each trip throughout the season, and this vessel tells the story well. He has made longer adventures to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Mystic Seaport, and Tall Ship Festivals in New York, Boston, and Portland.