The Schooner Yankee Foundation

Our Mandate

Divers brought this bronze spike up from the wreck of the schooner Yankee and will be driven into the keel of the new ship at the keel laying ceremony.

Divers brought this bronze spike up from the wreck of the schooner Yankee and will be driven into the keel of the new ship at the keel laying ceremony.

Our mission is to build a replica of this famous schooner and recapture the excitement and adventure of life under sail as it was. The name “Yankee” is synonymous with traditional deep sea sailing and the romance of adventure under sail. Our main thrust is to build a true replica of this great American schooner and recapture the age of sail as her namesake did.

We will offer clients the opportunity to go back in time and sail on an authentic vessel. We will stress “real sailing” and the Yankee will operate as a true wind ship. Her design and rig will reflect this philosophy. Her powerful diesel will only be used to maintain schedules in windless or adverse conditions and enter and leave port.

This is the schooner that inspired thousand to embrace the romance of the sea and the wonderful wind ships of yesteryear. Under the able command of Captain Irving Johnson, the schooner Yankee circumnavigated the globe 3 times. Her passengers & crew experienced the adventure of life under sail as it was in the days of yore.

Later, the schooner Yankee continued to carry passengers under the command of Captain Walter Boudreau and his Windjammer cruises. His son captain Robert Louis Boudreau wrote a book titled “The Man Who Loved schooners” chronicling their adventures under sail.

Now the schooner Yankee project will turn back the pages of time allowing people to sail on a reproduction of this famous world-girdling vessel.

The Schooner YankeeAt sea our clients will experience the romance of life under sail without the hardship. Comfortable cabins, hearty meals and a well-appointed main salon make our amateur seafarers happy after a long watch on deck. Our clients are those many people who want to experience the way it was at sea on a real true sailing vessel, but not at the expense of great hardship. Our water maker will supply sufficient fresh water for showers and washing and an on board laundry will keep the linen clean.

Morning at sea will see all hands turned to daily chores while those who have an interest in navigation or sail handling can lend a hand. Others may wish to relax in the lee of the deck house and read. Our ever-trolled deep-sea fishing lines bring excitement as giant tuna or wahoo are fought to the side of the ship before being brought aboard. A fine meal of fresh fish is served that same night. Other recreational activities provided by the ship might include snorkelling on coral reefs, exploring remote locations, sport fishing with rod and reel, using the ship library or steering the ship under sail.

Summers will see the Yankee spanning the Great Atlantic or exploring out of the way bays and coves of the US North East. In the winter months she will voyage to the blue waters of the Caribbean. Our passengers will visit Old World towns, pristine beaches and interesting markets and forts.

The Schooner Yankee Foundation is committed to recapturing this wonderful era and we look forward to your kind support.

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