The Shenandoah. Topsail Schooner.
|Career (United States)|
|Owner:||The Black Dog Tall Ships|
|Operator:||Captain Robert S. Douglas|
|Builder:||Harvey F. Gamage Ship Building Co|
|Sail plan:||Square Topsail Schooner|
The Shenandoah is a 108-foot (33 m) square topsail schooner that is operating as a cruise ship in the waters of Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Shenandoah is the only vessel of her size and rig, without an engine, operating within the United States of America.
Its design is based on a 1850s ship Joe Lane, but the Captain made numerous changes in order to improve the power of the vessel. Ever since the Shenandoah’s launch in 1964, Captain Douglas has been the only one to skipper the vessel.
The Shenandoah required extensive repairs to the hull and was dry docked in 2009.
Type: Square Topsail Schooner
Designed by: Captain Robert S. Douglas
Built by: Harvey F. Gamage Ship Building Co.
Length: 154 feet (47 m) from jib boom to main boom end
Sails: 7,000 square feet (700 m2) of canvas
Topmast height: 94 feet (29 m)
Displacement: 170 tons (173 t)
Hull: made of Maine oak
Deck: made of pine
Lower masts: 20 inches diameter, 2.5 tons each
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots (23 km/h)
Maximum capacity: 30 passengers overnight