BALD EAGLE in the 2011 Schooner Race from Al Bezanson
Joey ….. When you look left from the end of your dock and you may see this schooner on her mooring in Smith Cove. BALD EAGLE will be racing again this year on September 2nd in the Small Schooners Class vying for the Betty Ramsey Plate along with ESTRELA, GREEN DRAGON, IRENA, LEWIS H STORY AND SUGAR BABE. Amy Beaudet got this photo from GREEN DRAGON in the 2011 race. Here are some words from her owner.
“BALD EAGLE was designed and built by two men whose names are associated with sea-kindly and beautiful wooden vessels: Crocker and McIntosh. Sam Crocker designed more than 300 vessels. Bud McIntosh was a designer and builder of large and small cruising boats for more than 50 years and built many Crocker designs. Her graceful lines were taken from Gloucester fishing schooners. BALD EAGLE came out of McIntosh’s Piscataqua River boatyard in 1955. She is 37’ on deck, white oak frames, mahogany planking, fir spars and two tons of iron on the bottom of her full keel. She is gaff rigged, carrying a Yankee (jib) off her bowsprit, staysail, foresail and mainsail. Her name, BALD EAGLE, is because she is a bald headed schooner, carrying no topmasts. Her wheel is from the Lunenburg Foundry, her mast hoops were made by the skipper. In 2001 she spent 10 months in Harold Burnham’s boatyard in Essex getting an extensive rebuild that included replacement of 80% of her frames, 20% of her planks, new deadwood, cabin house and decks.”