Shenandoah (schooner)

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Shenandoah lying on her anchor in Vineyard Haven's Outer Harbor.jpg
The Shenandoah. Topsail Schooner.
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Name: Shenandoah
Owner: The Black Dog Tall Ships
Operator: Captain Robert S. Douglas
Builder: Harvey F. Gamage Ship Building Co
Completed: 1964
General characteristics
Displacement: 170 tons
Length: 154 feet
Height: 94 feet
Installed power: Sail
Sail plan: Square Topsail Schooner
Speed: 12.5 knots
Capacity: 30 Passengers
Crew: 10

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.[1] The Shenandoah is the only vessel of her size and rig, without an engine, operating within the United States of America.[2]


Its design is based on an 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.[2]

General characteristics[edit]

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

A range of one to four beds can be found in the 11 cabins below deck. It houses 7 crew members, a first-mate, a cook, and the captain. The ship contains two heads, a main saloon and a galley.

Shenandoah Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shenandoah". Black Dog Tall Ships. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Schooner High and Dry for Repairs". Martha's Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 

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