June 18th, 2012
A Schooner Lesson
Posted by Francesca
While we were in Maine, we took a little drive to Bar Harbor, that quaint and famous summer community on Mount Desert Island. There are so many fun stores to window shop and plenty of good aromas coming from all of the restaurants. And because it is a harbor, there is much to see on the waterfront.
1 Will you look at that beautiful four-masted schooner here in Bar Harbor!
2 Sharkey, I believe the name of that ship is the Margaret Todd.
3 If my memory serves me correctly, it's 151' long and was designed by her owner, Captain Steven Pagels, who named it after his grandmother. The Margaret Todd was launched on April 11, 1998.
4 I actually know quite a bit about this ship and you'd be interested, too, Uncle Carlos. For example, the hull and deck are made of steel.
5 And native Maine spruce was used to make the wood topmasts, gaffs, and booms, which were custom crafted in nearby Southwest Harbor.
6 The four masts carry a total of nine sails. The large sails are called, from front to back, the foresail, mainsail, mizzensail, and spankersail, which are also the names of the masts.
7 The five smaller sails are the jib topsail, inner and outer jibs, staysail, and the spanker topsail. The total sail area is an impressive 4,800 square feet!
8 Francesca, GK and I are amazed at how much you know about this schooner!
9 Well, here's the deal. This windjammer has a very unique crew member called Maggie, who is a big, black Newfoundland dog.
10 I met Maggie one day here in Bar Harbor and she told me all about life on the Margaret Todd. She's kind of a salty dog, if you know what I mean!
11 Maybe if we wait here long enough, we might run into Maggie again. You'd like her.
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