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Built in 1940, the USS IOWA served our country for over 50 years. Designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years.
During her more than 50 years in service, IOWA has welcomed and escorted our nation’s Commander in Chief on many occasions. No other battleship in our nation’s history has been host to more U.S. Presidents than the IOWA.
Schooner Patricia Belle was built by owner Captain Patrick Hughes from 1994 – 1998. Constructed of locally grown Douglas Fir in Port Orchard, Washington.
Her shake down cruise was from Seattle to Nicaragua, returning with 10,000 pounds of Arabic coffee to San Diego. Patricia Belle has sailed the Pacific to Hawaii, Mexican Waters annually for 10 years, Central America, Panama, through the Golf Coast of America, Bahamas, Caribbean and South America.
As a private family owned schooner, friends, family and Mariners in training are always welcome aboard.
Built in 1945 at Cal Shipping in Wilmington, the S.S. Lane Victory served with distinction during World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as in times of peace as part of the merchant fleet. Countless hours of restoration put her back into her original condition by volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II who continue to serve and preserve her as a National Historic Landmark. The S.S. Lane Victory now serves as a living museum and memorial to the service and sacrifices of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen. Each summer she steams back to 1942, on one of her “Victory At Sea” cruises.
Tiama is a William Garden designed, George Calkins built,” bald headed”, gaff rigged, auxiliary fishing/cargo schooner. She has sailed the northwest, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and currently sails out of Long Beach, California. Pirate Days at the Belmont Pier is an annual event that Tiama participates in, firing her cannons and waging war on the scalliwags at Belmont Pier. She sails sunset cruises in Alamitos Bay, competes annually in the Ensenada race, offers surfing adventure charters to the Channel Islands and is available for custom tailored charters for all occasions.
Sail San Francisco Bay on the 80′ classic schooner Freda B. A beautifully maintained classic schooner available for private and public sails on the San Francisco Bay. USCG certified and comfortable for up to 49 guests. She has been lovingly restored and is every inch a yacht. Freda B offers local and organic catering options or the flexibility for you to bring your own food. We do have a Beer and Wine bar that focuses on local beverages available for cash, tally or a hosted bar scenario. Relax and let our experienced crew take you sailing on the San Francisco Bay. For a more hands on group, join in, hoist sail, take a turn at the helm our crew is enthusiastic about what they do and love to share. Freda B is SF Bay’s sapphire gem and is available for private and public sails on the San Francisco Bay.
Designated the “Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles” at their launch in 2002, these 110-foot wooden vessels are charged with giving tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience self-discovery, life changing adventure and education found only on a tall ship at sea.
Built to last 100 years, the state-of-the-art brigantine design is based on TopSail founder Jim Gladson’s decades of experience with adolescent education and youth sail training programs, years of valuable experience gained from the Institute’s first vessel,Swift of Ipswich, and discussions with sail training experts throughout the world.
Purpose-built by the Institute to meet or exceed all U.S. Coast Guard requirements, the brigantines are named in honor of the late Captain Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson, character-building sail training pioneers and seven-time circumnavigators with youth crew aboard their sailing vessel YANKEE.
The Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built, accurate replica of a 1770’s privateer used during the American Revolution. These ships were known for their speed and were used for smuggling and the slave trade. The ship is 118 feet long with a rig height of 100 feet… and 5,000 square feet of sail!
A young colony in a new land dreamed of independence and built some of the fastest and best sailing ships in the world. These ships were the result of ingenuity, independence and a strong desire to accomplish something. It was Dennis Holland’s life dream to build an accurate replica from the period when America fought for independence. Armed with talent, determination, little money and plans he purchased from the Smithsonian Institution, he laid the keel in his yard on May 2, 1970. Thirteen years later this fast privateer was launched and continues to sail the ocean. Everywhere you look on board is the craftsmanship and pride of early America.
A 1926 John Alden Designed Schooner, Curlew has a rich and varied history, which continues to unfold. Recognized in 2009 as a Historic Vessel by the City of Dana Point, CA, Curlew is a remarkable relic of the golden age of wooden boat construction, sailing and racing.
The graceful three-masted schooner American Pride was built in 1941, originally as a two-masted “schooner-dragger” and launched as the “Virginia”. She spent over forty years commercially fishing the Grand Banks and George’s Banks. Her career spanned the New Englandports of New Bedford and Gloucester in Massachusetts, Rockland in Maine.
She was a working fishing boat, spending weeks at sea in search of Cod, Haddock, Flounder, and Ocean Perch. From 1968 to 1986 she was known as the “Lady in Blue”, named after a prayer, and was captained by Sam and Paul Frontiero, father & son who fished out of Gloucester. In 1986, she was completely rebuilt in Thomaston, Maine, and certified by the United States Coast Guard. The restoration included adding a third mast, watertight bulkheads, new deck, bulwarks, interior, rigging, machinery, etc. She was renamed the “Natalie Todd”, and operated as a charter boat out of Bar Harbor, Maine. In October of 1996, she was purchased by the Children’s Maritime Foundation, and began her historic 7,500 mile sail through the Panama Canal to her new home in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach, California.
The once successful fishing schooner now majestically sails the waters of Southern California. Her huge tan-bark colored sails are very visible as she gracefully shares the adventure and the romance of a “tallship” with all who come aboard the American Pride.
The bill of rights was built in 1971in Maine and led a tall ships parade into New York Harbor during the OptSail celebration. In the late 1980’s the ship journeyed to the West Coast. Over the past 6 years, more than 10,000 students have been part of the award-winning sailing program in the Channel Islands Harbor area.
The San Diego sailing yacht Jada is designed for blue water ocean racing. She was built over seventy years ago as a solid and fast passage making vessel, and even today with the advent modern fiberglass sailing vessels, Jada is still considered a fast boat. Her full keel and yawl rigged sails make her a very stable and safe vessel, even for crossing oceans on extended voyages.
Today it would cost nearly $2,000,000 to design and construct Jada to her original specifications. Below deck Jada’s interior was created by master craftsmen using the finest teak wood available providing a warm glow to all passengers aboard. Her cabin sole (floor) is also teak with gorgeous holly inlays capturing the quality of a bygone era.
Rare at the time of her construction is Jada’s hard-dodger cockpit cabin, which keeps her passengers warm and cozy when conditions are less than ideal.
The SSV Tole Mour is a 156 ft (48 m) schooner and sail training vessel operating in the Channel Islands of California, off the West Coast of the United States.
Built by the Nichols Bros. Boat Builders on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound to withstand the extreme conditions of the South Pacific, she is extremely seaworthy and meets or exceeds all of the United States Coast Guard’s regulations as a Sailing School Vessel, while offering luxurious accommodations in comparison to other tall ships. At 229 gross registered tons she is the largest active tall ship on the West Coast.
The Tole Mour was originally commissioned by the Marimed Foundation of Hawai’i in 1988 as a self-contained primary health care support vessel, operating in the US trust territory protectorate of the Marshall Islands. The name of the ship was selected by a competition of Marshall Islands school children, and means ‘A Gift of Life and Health’ in the Marshallese language. With onboard medical, dental and ophthalmological offices, the Tole Mour provided medical services to over 15,000 islanders over a period of 4 years, until the Marshallese government commissioned their own fleet of medical delivery vessels and the Tole Mour returned to Hawai’i to serve other purposes.
In her current incarnation, she is part of the Guided Discoveries’ Catalina Island Marine Institute, offering sail training, oceanography and marine biology education to hundreds of school-aged participants a year. The professional crew is housed in up into 6 double cabins and 2 master rooms within her 123 feet on deck and 31-foot (9 m) beam. Up to 36 youth participants can be accommodated in cabins housing 4, 8 and 10 berths. Her previous medical requirements provide areas for laboratory equipment, touch tanks and aquariums.
Amazing Grace is a topsail schooner and sets a square topsail on the foremast and seven fore and aft sails: gaff main, gaff topsail, main and fore staysails, fisherman staysail, and flying and inner jibs. These can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions. The rigging is complex and logical having evolved over the last two hundred years.
Sparred Length: 83′
Displacement: 60,000 lbs
Sail Area: 2,010 sq ft