THE PINKY SCHOONER
The lines of the Summertime are that of the New England pinky schooner, well known for its seagoing qualities and its ability to weather storms. The pinky, which originated in Europe in the 1600's, receives its name from its uplifted or “pinked” stern. The pink-sterned hull with schooner rig appears to have been used in the New England fishing fleet prior to the Revolution. These sea-worthy vessels became popular for mackerel fishing after the invention of the mackerel jig.
Launched in 1986, the pinky Summertime was built on the Maine coast using traditional methods by George Allen, Bill Brown, and many interested volunteers. Master builder of the Summertime, Captain Allen first began sailing schooners in 1960 as mate and then as a captain in 1963. He has also helped rebuild and skipper the schooner Richard Robbins and served as ship's carpenter for a National Landmark schooner in the Penobscot Bay area.
Captain Bill Brown, owner of the Summertime, is a
The Summertime is operated by MAINE WINDJAMMER CRUISES, the Original Windjammer Company, sailing from Camden, Maine since 1936. The fleet's current owners are Captain Ray & Ann Williamson. Daughters Alyssa & Kristi, grew up sailing Penobscot Bay on the National Landmark Schooners Grace Bailey & Mercantile. Under the watchful eye of Capt. Ray, they will be in charge of daily operations.
MAINE WINDJAMMER CRUISES
PO Box 617, Camden, ME 04843
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