Windjammer Schooner HERITAGE, March 31, 1983

Boutilier Collection
Courtesy of James Boutilier

Everett “Red” Boutilier recorded every stage in the construction of HERITAGE, the first schooner to be built for the passenger trade since 1962. His three hundred photographs show everything from laying down and setting up the frames to launch. Captains Doug and Linda Lee worked for four winters building her along with their crew (often other windjammer captains).

Bits of the plastic shed used to shelter her show here; she’d be launched on April 16, a year ahead of schedule. Hundreds attended. Today HERITAGE sails out of Rockland’s North End Shipyard, along with the converted Grand Banks schooner AMERICAN EAGLE owned by Lee’s partner, Captain John Foss.

When she was launched, HERITAGE was the first large schooner to be built in Maine as a commercial vessel in over 20 years. Her name hearkens back to the great vessels of bygone days, and Red knew it. In this particular photograph, Red used a long lens so that his photo would be vignetted, naturally cropped to a circle, an old technique which he married to color film.

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