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    BOWDOIN's wood hull is powered by a 190 HP diesel engine. The schooner's home port in in Castine and with 2,000 feet of sail area she's the flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy sail training fleet. Bowdoin was built in 1921 for exploring Arctic waters. Since 1988, Bowdoin has returned to the Arctic three times with MMA students.

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    EAGLE is a barque sailing out of New London, Connecticut. The vessel features a riveted steel hull, a rig height of 147 feet and 22,000 feet of sail area and is powered by a 1,000 HP diesel engine. The Eagle was one of the five ships built for sail training in the 1930’s in Germany and was included in reparations paid to the U.S. following World War II. She is now a Coast Guard training ship.

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    FRITHA is a 74-foot tall brigantine ship used for training purposes at Northeast Maritime Institute and based in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. She features a wood hull and 9,409 square feet of sail area. Fritha was built in New Zealand and launched in 1986.

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    LYNX is a square topsail schooner with a home port of Portsmouth, N.H. She was designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner or naval schooner from the War of 1812. She was built by Taylor Allen and Eric Sewell in Rockport, Maine and was launched in 2001.

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    EL GALEON is a replica of a 16th-17th century galleon, and is the only one in the world currently sailing. The home port of the fiberglass-hulled vessel is Sevilla, Spain. She was built with a 121-foot rig height and 10,010 square feet of sailing space after three years of research. El Galeon was launched in 2009.

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    ALERT is a gaff-rigged schooner sailing out of Bailey Island. She features a wood hull and has a rig height of 60 feet. She was launched and christened Tall Cotton in 1992 after being built in York. In 2006 she was out-fitted for commercial fishing and research and her name was changed to Alert. She is currently a commercial passenger vessel.

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    COLUMBIA is a replica of a classic Gloucester fishing schooner. The 141-foot Columbia was built along the exact lines of a famous fishing schooner that was lost with all hands near Sable Island, Nova Scotia, in 1927.

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    PICTON CASTLE has home ports in Avatiu, Cook Islands, and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She has a steel hull and a rig height of 97 feet. In the past 10 years, Picton Castle has made six complete circumnavigations around the world. She was originally built as a motorized fishing trawler in 1928.

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    OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is a full rigged ship launched in 2013. She is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the US in 110 years and is named for the young Rhode Island hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. The steel-hulled vessel is 200 feet long, has a rig height of 130 feet and calls Newport, R.I. home.

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    TREE OF LIFE is a gaff-rigged schooner with a composite hull and 4,850 square feet of sail area. Her home port is Newport, R.I. The schooner was built in Nova Scotia, launched in 1991 and sailed a three-year circumnavigation starting in October 2002.

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    WENDAMEEN calls Portland home and is part of Portland Schooner Company's two-schooner fleet. She features an 88-foot wood hull and a 71-foot rig height and can carry 48 passengers on deck. Wendameen was built in East Boothbay and launched in 1912. Inactive since the 1930s, she was thoroughly restored in the late 1980s and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    BAGHEERA, a gaff rigged schooner, was designed by John G. Alden and built in 1924 in East Boothbay. She spent 50 years sailing in the Great Lakes but now calls Portland home. The vessel features a 65-foot rig height and a wood hull and is powered by a 72 HP diesel engine.

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    FRANCES is a gaff-rigged topsail cutter with a steel hull propelled by yawl boat. She has an 18-foot, 6-inch beam with a mast that rising 80 feet above the water. The replica of the working coastal pilot cutters that sailed the waters of Maine and New England between 1790 and 1812 was built in 2003 and calls Portland Harbor home.

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