Free Tours Tonight & Tomorrow on “Pirate Ship”; RAW FAITH


Raw Faith in Portland Harbor

By Carol McCracken (Post # 515)

FREE tours are being offered this evening (until 8 pm) and all day tomorrow (Thursday) on the “pirate ship” Raw Faith. The ship is really a 300 – ton replica of a galleon built by George McKay, Addison, Me. Captain McKay invites the public to come aboard the ship where he will give you a personal tour of the Raw Faith.

The boat is currently tied up at a dock at Portland Yacht Services on the waterfront. You may access it from PYS or along the bike path that runs past it.

Raw Faith was built in Addison, ME. by George McKay. He’d never built a boat before nor sailed one. Construction was begun in 1999 and finished in 2003. McKay’s goal is to provide free sailing on Casco Bay for families and those who are wheel-chair bound this summer.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  For an update on the December rescue of two members of the crew off Nantucket, please visit Post # 651 herein.  (  has posted a number of articles on RawFaith since she entered Portland Harbor.  One of them is Post # 378, dated l/27/10.