STARBOUND, SALTY’s flagship, made the 225-mile voyage from northern Maine to Greenwich Bay to begin its new mission as a platform for youth education and adventure.
STARBOUND, a beautiful 72-foot traditional wooden sailing ketch, was SALTY’s first ship originally built in 1950 and was based on Joshua Slocum’s 36-foot SPRAY, made famous by completing the world’s first solo circumnavigation in 1898. Joshua’s son, Victor Slocum participated in the development of STARBOUND’s lines and plans. STARBOUND has an adventure-filled history, having twice sailed around the world, and was once owned by the famed singer and actor Burl Ives. In the late 1990s, STARBOUND’s prior owners funded a $650,000 restoration to her wooden hull, deck and marine systems. She is in “Bristol Condition”, with the exception of her original masts and bow sprit which have just been rebuilt! She has all new “blocks” along with new “standing and running rigging” as well.
In February of 2015, Starbound gained a “little sister” with the acquisition of GOLDEN GOOSE, a beautiful traditional wooden 50-foot George Stadel schooner, built in 1975 and generously donated by a RI family. Golden Goose also received major refitting which also included all new “standing and running rigging” and is now in “Bristol Yacht” condition!
Lettie G Howard
Lettie G. Howard, in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum, is SALTY’s newest ship to sail in its programs. She is a wooden Fredonia schooner built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts, USA. This type of craft was commonly used by American offshore fishermen.
Lettie G. Howard spent a significant portion of her working life off the Yucatan Peninsula coast. In 1968, she was sold to the South Street Seaport Museum and refinished. She was restored in 1991 and is currently certified by the US Coast Guard as a Sailing School Vessel training and working museum ship.
She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
In 2014, the schooner received two awards relating to her programming and historic restoration efforts; the Tall Ships America 2014 Sail Training Vessel of the Year Award, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.
In 2015, the vessel and crew took third place in the Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Esperanto Cup.