A tale of two boats

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:30am

Two boats, with two very different missions, came down from Camden, Maine, and stopped over for a brief sojourn in the Great Salt Pond this past week. One was a private boat, a Spectre 43 named Glide, owned by Pam MacBayne and Denis Moonan. They were headed to Haiti, with a hold full of school supplies, clothing, and tools, for the people of that weather-ravaged nation.

The other boat was a little bigger, a two-masted schooner named the Appledore, which found itself on Block Island as the crew waited for more favorable winds to take them down to Charleston, and eventually to Key West. The Appledore is a charter boat, and it’ll be making some day trips when it gets to the Keys.

Capt. Chris Sterling has been with the Appledore for five years. The boat has a crew of 10, and he called the craft a “traditional wooden New England schooner.” It was designed by the famed Bud McIntosh for Herb and Doris Smith, out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Smiths built six boats named Appledore, the first of which were designed to sail around the world (which they were). This Appledore was the last wooden schooner built at the Gamage Shipyard in Bristol, Maine. 

Sterling called the Appledore “a little big boat. It’s built like a much larger ship. It’s scantlings are very robust. It’s built for off-shore sailing.”

As for MacBayne and Moonan, they hope to make it to Haiti by early December, then it’s off to Panama, through the Canal, with the final destination being the Galápagos Islands.