Spirit of Bermuda, the iconic 112 foot-Maine built, ocean-going Royal Naval sloop-of-war sailed into Portland yesterday, July 5th crewed by 8 Maine teenagers side by side with 8 Bermuda teenagers, a Maine shipper, Maine educators and to a rousing Maine welcome.
This week the Spirit of Bermuda has endured heavy storms – one night all the students remained down below decks as the dedicated professional crew took turns manning the decks. Despie heavy rain, waves over 25 feet, and plenty of seasick sailors, the weather has taken a turn for the better and she made it to Portland. The ship anchored off the East End for the night of July 4th where students watched the fireworks.
Launched at Rockport, Maine in 2006, the Spirit of Bermuda, is a replica of a Bermuda-rigged Ballyhoo Schooner – known for her speed and ocean-going capability. She is a sail training vessel registered in Hamilton, Bermuda and sleeps over 30 people on board during her ocean crossings.
Spirit is here at the invitation of Tall Ships Maine, the state’s leading youth sail and training organization. Tall Ships Maine, responsible for such events as Tall Ships Portland 2015, Portland Schooner Fest, Tall Ships Weekend and other events over the past five (5) years, will host Spirits here in Portland.
The ship will be open to the public for free tours on Sunday, July 7th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Maine Wharf Commercial Street, Portland.
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