WELCOME! PINKY SCHOONER SUMMERTIME


We are excited to announce that our fleet is growing. As part of the Maine Windjammer Fleet, the Pinky Schooner Summertime will be sailing from Lincolnville Beach beginning in late June. She will be available for 2 hour day sails and single night cruises.

 

 

Each season we talk to hundreds of vacationers who want to get out on the Bay and see what the beauty of our unspoiled coastline and islands is all about, but not everyone can spare the time for the extended cruises offered on the Grace Bailey, Mercantile or Mistress. The Summertime will allow those with limited time to have a taste of the same traditional sailing adventures offered on our National Landmark schooners.

 

Summertime's "Pinked" Stern (Image courtesy of Camden Windjammer Festival)

We have always been proud of the historic significance of our fleet and the Summertime is no exception. The design originated in Europe in the 1600's and received its name from the "pinked" stern. The pinky was used here in New England's fishing fleet prior to the Revolutionary War and continued in use through the turn of the 20th century. During the mid 19th century, many of the paintings of the famous artist Fitz Henry Lane contained a pinky or two among the larger and more impressive brigantines, barques and clippers. He must have appreciated the unique design of these perky little schooners.

 

(Photo by Painting by Fitz Henry Lane)

The stability of the pinky design is featured in the following tribute taken from The Fisherman's Memorial, an 1873 Glouster, Massachusetts, publication: "These little vessels from their extreme buoyancy and offering so little resistance to the power of ocean waves, would make comparatively good weather at times when larger ships would be laboring, plunging, and straining every plank and timber to its utmost capacity of endurance. They would mount almost on even keel upon the crest of the highest seas and settle into the hollows with the ease and grace of a wild duck."

 

Mid 19th Century Pinky Fishing Schooner (Image courtesy of Penobsoct Marine Museum Web Image)

1816 is the earliest reference we have found to a pinky schooner launch here in Maine. It was built for the local fishing fleet by Caleb Hodgdon, patriarch of the now famous Hodgdon Yacht Company in East Boothbay, Maine. This quote from the Hodgdon Yachts website history of their company references the vessel. "Caleb Hodgdon started this history with the launching of a 42' pinky schooner for the local fishing fleet in 1816."

 

A clip from Hodgdon Yacht's History

Launched in 1986, the pinky Summertime was built by George Allen, Bill Brown, and many interested volunteers on the Maine coast using traditional methods. Construction of the Summertime incorporated a variety of locally cut, seasoned woods, including oak for the keel and frames; locust for the stem and trunnels, or "tree nails", that hold the double-sawn frames together; cedar for the planking; hackmatack for the top timbers and deck beams; and white pine for the deck.

 

The Bow is to your left!

A hearty welcome to our newest historic vessel, the Pinky Schooner Summertime!

Summertime's schedule is still being finalized and will be posted on our web as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we welcome your inquiries and questions. Sail@MaineWindjammerCruises.com or 800-736-7981.

And then there's Sally - but we'll tell you about her in the next eNewsletter.