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|
|Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck:||100 feet 6 inches|
|Gross Tons:||90 tons|
|Sails:||Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman|
|Sail Area:||7000 Square Feet|
|Hull:||Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak|
|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.