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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Lettie G. Howard

From ferries this week, we move on to sailing ships. The Lettie G. Howard is currently a New Yorker, owned by Manhattan’s South Street Seaport Museum, but she is a New Englander by birth, built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts. Here she is shown berthed in Salem, Mass.

A wooden schooner, this kind of vessel was used by American fishermen, and the Lettie G. Howard worked first out of Gloucester, and later was put to work for many years in the waters off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. She came to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968, and began restoration in 1991 as a training and museum ship. Declared a National Historical Landmark in 1989, you can find her sailing along our New England coast.

The Museum offers courses in sailing, navigation and seamanship alongside a professional crew. For more on the details of this beautiful schooner and the programs offered by the South Street Seaport Museum, have a look at this website.

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