|Harvey Gamage at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island|
BOAT: Harvey Gamage
OWNER: Ocean Classroom Foundation
DESIGNER: Harvey Gamage
BUILDER: Harvey Gamage, South Bristol, ME
LENGTH: 131 feet [40 meters]
HULL: Southern Yellow Pine over Oak
Based in South Bristol, Maine, Harvey Gamage was the last of the great builders of New England “coasting schooners”. Used as bulk transport vessels, these boats laid the very basis of civilization, as we know it today, from Maine to the Caribbean. Everything from Goddard & Townsend furniture made in Newport, to rum, grain, molasses, and slaves from up and down the coast moved on coasting schooners.
For over three decades, the last boat built by Harvey Gamage has been educating students and changing lives. Ocean Classrooms in collaboration with the University of Maine, offers a “Seamester” – a semester of college credits taught at sea, aboard Harvey Gamage- inspiring and awakening students while providing real college credits.
Last week, en route to the Caribbean, the Gamage encountered a bad storm. Captain and crew radioed into Newport seeking shelter. The good folks at Sail Newport extended a warm welcome, free dockage and safety from the storm.
Securely tied to the Alofsin Pier, the sailors aboard Gamage had a chance to reflect upon the traditions of the sea, and the many coasting schooners that visited Newport in centuries past.