Ingenuity helped keep working coasters going long after their heyday. If they leaked or their bottoms needed cleaning or painting—or even if a plank had to be replaced—access was accomplished by beaching. Here, for port side work, the main boom was guyed out while the schooner was still afloat to give her a starboard list. A favorite groundout was this pebble beach at Sandy Point off Stockton Springs.

The centerboard schooner Lydia M. Webster was built at Castine in 1882. She entered the windjammer trade under charter to Frank Swift with her owner, Ralph Gott, as master. Eventually Swift purchased the Webster and kept her going until War’s end in 1945.

Catalog Number LB2008.15.280