Maine Memories: Part Two-The Heritage Schooner

A few days ago I posted Maine Memories: Part One and told about my early history of falling in love with Maine. Part Two is about our recent trip earlier in June on the Heritage Schooner. Even though I kept a brief journal, I decided another rhyme was in order with photos that give you an idea of the trip.

This is a smaller version the photo from my Home Page, photographed by Fred LeBlanc

The Heritage schooner is quite a ship,
nearly 100 feet long from tip to tip.
Designed by co-captain Doug Lee,
she’s been sailing Penobscot Bay since ‘83.

Co-Captain Doug Lee


We climbed aboard one eve in early June:
the sky was clear with stars & moon.
Our gear was stashed on shelves & hooks
and I was ready with lots of books.


The first day out was chilly and gray,
but June is like that, so the captains say.
We wore our layers, as instructed
And that first day we were Mainely inducted.

This is me, all layered up!

No need for make-up or fancy ‘dos,
just knee sox & warm-ups & rubber soled shoes.
Meals were expertly cooked by Sean & staff—
Served with the captains’ stories to make us laugh.

Sean, the head “chef,” is in the middle


The second full day was warm, sunny & bright;
we climbed aboard the dinghy to an island in our sight.
The cooks made a BBQ with every trimming,
but still too cold to venture swimming.

Our co-captain Linda Lee kept everything in tow,
Until back to the ship in the dinghy we’d go.
The last full day was cold and the water rough.
Standing on deck, despite warm clothes, was pretty tough.

That’s Linda in the “pusher” boat with a small engine that got us in and out of where we docked for the night.


I stayed inside when the ship was tilting—
stomach queasy, I felt like a flower wilting!
We mastered the challenge and enjoyed the ride;
we were in God’s country, spaces far and wide.

So if you’re hankering to wander by ship, no terrain
Climb aboard The Heritage Schooner in marvelous Maine.


P.S. For more information on how you, too, can have a Maine adventure, go to the Heritage website. Captains Linda and Doug will be celebrating 50 years of taking folks sailing on their schooners. Contact them through their website: or by phone at: (800) 648-4544


13 Responses to “Maine Memories: Part Two-The Heritage Schooner”

  1. Carol Says:

    Beautiful. Loved your poem!

  2. hillsmom Says:

    Fandamtastic! What a beautiful gaff rigged schooner shown under full sail. Years ago I was a fore deck hand on a staysail schooner. Wouldn’t it be “loverly” to take a trip on her. Cheers…

  3. barb schiltz Says:

    love love love your story!!! and pictures!!!

  4. Paula Says:

    Thanks for sharing Maine Memories! Back to nature…..

  5. Jackie Says:

    Your poem was great! I could envision everything through your words. What a gift you have!

  6. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Many thanx! I love that you read me regularly! ellensue

  7. ellen sue spicer Says:

    It sure is! And quite lovely, ellensue

  8. ellen sue spicer Says:

    So glad you liked it. Will be in touch. ellensue

  9. ellen sue spicer Says:

    I see you know the lingo. I think I needed a glossary on the ship! The Heritage is a great ship. I provided the website inc as you have a hankering….

  10. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Glad you liked it. It was quite a trip. ellensue

  11. Mary-Lou Meyers Says:

    Nothing like open water to make you feel like you ought to, fancy free breathing air you could slice
    with a knife it is so rare as was the day in June when you embarked on the Heritage Schooner without
    a care. I wish I were there with you enjoying the view!

  12. ellen sue spicer Says:

    I replied in my email, but not sure it shows up here. More people than I expected have been to Maine and loved it.

  13. ellen sue spicer Says:

    More Mainiacs than I thought! ellensue

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