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Spirit of Massachusetts

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall: 125 feet
Length of the Waterline: 81 feet
Length on Deck: 100 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck: 100 feet 6 inches
Beam: 24 feet
Gross Tons: 90 tons
Sails: Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman
Sail Area: 7000 Square Feet
Keel: Greenheart
Hull: Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak
Frames: White Oak
Masts: Douglas Fir
Spars: Douglas Fir
Deck: Douglas Fir
Main Engine: 220 h.p. John Deere
Freshwater Capacity: 600 gallons
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 570 gallons
Number of Students: 20
Number of Crew: 8-11

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as “fast and able” vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that  tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987.  Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.

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