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About The Schooners
The Appledore schooners are owned and operated by BaySail, a private, non-profit organization. BaySail supports its environmental education and youth development programs through public sails, private charters, group tours and port visits.
The schooner Appledore IV was originally commissioned by Herb and Doris Smith and built by Mark Treworgy. Launched in 1989, she is the fourth in a series of schooners built for world voyaging. The Smith's adventures aboard the Appledores are chronicled in two books "Dreams of Natural Places" and "Sailing Three Oceans". Herb and Doris sailed Appledore IV as far as Barbados and used her in the coastal day-charter trade out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. They eventually sold the ship to try dairy farming. BaySail purchased the schooner in 1997.
Appledore V was commissioned by Smith in 1992 and later sold to the Traverse Tall Ship Company, who sailed her under the name of Westwind, in Traverse Bay. BaySail acquired her in October of 2002 and changed her name back to the original Appledore V. She spent many years operating in Bay City before moving to southern Florida in 2011. In May 2016, Appledore V will make her way home to Bay City.
Both ships are steel hulled Gaff rigged schooners of a type typical of those sailed on coastal waters and in the Great Lakes right up to the end of the age of sail. Schooners were the workhorses of their era providing the primary means of transportation for goods and passengers over long distances.
The name Appledore was chosen by Herb Smith as a tribute to his wife Doris whom he first saw while sailing a small boat off Appledore Island. Doris, who lived on the Island, was standing in the doorway of her home as the teenaged Herb sailed by on a sunny Maine morning.