Museum Kicks Off New Year with Talk about Schooner Timberwind

Timberwind under sail

“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Timberwind” will be hosted by the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum on Tuesday, February 1, at 6:30pm. The talk will take place utilizing the online portal, Zoom.  Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: on the “Music and Calendar” tab.

A 96-foot, 2-masted schooner built in 1931 by Victor Cole at Union Wharf in Portland, Timberwind was named the Portland Pilot until 1969.  Her job for nearly four decades was to meet incoming vessels outside Portland Harbor and pilot them to their berths.  She was also briefly commandeered for service by the US Coast Guard during World War II.

Following her piloting career, she was converted into a schooner as part of the Maine windjammer fleet.  She sailed out of Rockport, ME, until a brief move to Belfast in 2015, and finally, back to Portland and the Portland Schooner Company in 2018 where she continues to sail to this day.  She is one of a very small number of early 20th century, purpose build pilot boats that have survived major alteration, and she was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Join us for an evening of reminiscing about this wonderful vessel as Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, is joined by captains Bill Alexander and Bob Tassi as well as shipwright Mike Rogers as they share the history, photos, and stories of the Schooner Timberwind.

In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people grab a ‘tot’ of rum (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captain Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of these amazing vessels.  FMI:

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