In 1973, the shipyard of Harvey F. Gamage, located on the banks of the Damariscotta River in South Bristol, Maine, sent a brand new schooner down the ways to the sea. Her name wasHarvey Gamage. Her lines were reminiscent of the coasting schooners, but her mission was very different.

For twenty years Harvey Gamage was owned and operated by Captain Eben Whitcomb. She sailed the waters of the Northwest Atlantic and Caribbean Sea with high school and college students, adventurers, naturalists, and many vacationers. Some of the longest running and most successful sail training programs in the U.S. originated in Gamage. It would be hard to count the number of people who have been introduced to a life at sea while aboard her. Many of those sailors have gone on to careers in marine fields and/or have become professional mariners.

In December of 1993, Harvey Gamage was purchased by a non-profit educational organization in Bath, Maine that evolved into the Ocean Classroom Foundation (OCF) of today. Harvey Gamage is now devoted exclusively to sea education programming, while still following her traditional route between New England and the Caribbean.

About Marty Luster

I'm Marty Luster, a retired attorney and politician. In 2010 my wife, mother-in-law, dog and I relocated from Central NY to Gloucester. I hope my photographs and poetry(?) reflect my love for this place and her people. My picture-poem posts can be seen at and selected black and white images can be found at
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8 Responses to The HARVEY GAMAGE is In Town

  1. Bill Hubbard says:

    Nice article and pictures. Thanks for posting. I saw the Gamage in Key West a couple years ago.

  2. Jenn Cullen says:

    Gorgeous pics and great article, hope to see her in the water.

  3. captmard says:

    The text is from the Harvey Gamage website:

  4. Judy says:

    The Shipping News – love it!

  5. Big Dog says:

    That Christopher Gillingham Dude climbing the rigging is crazy!

  6. Friend of Small Dog (a.k.a Smalls) says:

    Great pictures. Go Big Gilly and have a great trip – enjoy!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am very glad to see the boat built by my Grandfather (Linnwood) and Great Grandfather(Harvey) in these pictures. I was lucky enough to meet the People who run her and be on her deck when she Docked in Gamage Shipyard in the early summer. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and im positive that My Great Grandfather would be proud to see her still in use and for an educational purpose

  8. So happy to see the Harvey Gamage- I was married on the boat on 09/25/1988!

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