The 26 metre topsail schooner was built in Houston, Texas. She arrived in Nova Scotia in 2006. Transport Canada certified her to carry up to 70 passengers. Her crew don pirate costumes, including replica cutlasses and flintlock pistols, to amuse her guests. She mounts replica cannon, capable of giving black-powder salutes. Groups have chartered her for both day excursions and voyages on the Great Lakes, around Nova Scotia, and in the Caribbean.
On March 31, 2015, bad weather off Massachusetts, including 3 meter waves and winds of 55 kilometers per hour, required her captain, Ryan Tilley, to radio the United States Coast Guard for assistance. The vessel was proceeding from Meteghan River, Nova Scotia to St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies. Her engines had failed, and one of her sails was damaged. When a pair of Coast Guard motor lifeboats were unable to tow her the decision was made that her complement of nine should don cold-water immersion suits and be transferred to the Coast Guard rescue vessels. Captain Tilley locked all the steel-hulled vessel's ports and water-tight doors, prior to his departure. A beacon was left aboard the vessel so she could be found and towed into port. The Motor lifeboats were from Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Island class cutter USCGC Ocracoke Island, and air elements from Air Station Cape Cod also rendered assistance. One crew member who sustained a concussion was evacuated by helicopter to a Massachusetts General Hospital.
"Tall ship Liana's Ransom dismasted off Cape Sable Island: 26-metre replica schooner dismasted 25 nautical miles southwest of Cape Sable Island". CBC News. 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
The Tilleys have owned Liana's Ransom since 2006, running trips from Halifax, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. The family members alternate as crew, with Joseph Tilley as the ship's captain.
"Liana's Ransom, tall ship, rescued near Gloucester, Mass: Man suffers concussion after leaping from tall ship with 9 crew aboard". CBC News. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
It wasn't riding with its bow or the front of the boat into the seas. It was sitting sideways to the seas and the wind.
"U.S. Coast Guard rescues 9 people from Canadian ship after engines fail". Toronto Star. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
It launched two lifeboats to tow the vessel back, but spokesman Ross Ruddell said rough sea conditions forced them to cut the tow line. The lifeboat crews told the people on board the 26-metre steel hulled schooner to put on immersion suits so they could be transferred to the lifeboats.
- Peter Ziobrowski (2015-03-31). "Former halifax tour boat Liana's Ransom in trouble, crew rescued". Halifax Shipping News. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-31.