Essex Built Schooner Finds Latest Home In Brooklyn

My son Brian forwarded to me this post on As the post points out, Highlander Sea spent some years at the Gloucester Marine Railways undergoing a major refit .


Pilot, New Schooner Restaurant/Bar Opens in Brooklyn to Cheers and a Few Jeers

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Rick Spilman


Highlander Sea Under Sail, Photo:

Pilot, a new seasonal restaurant and bar on an historic schooner has opened in Brooklyn, NY, off Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on the East River. The opening has been met with cheers and a few jeers. The cheers are from those who enjoy the opportunity to dine on the water, and jeers from those who would prefer that the Highlander Sea, ex-Pilot, be restored and continue sailing.

The restaurant on the deck of a schooner is the second such venture by Alex and Miles Pincus, who also own Grand Banks, a seasonal restaurant on the fishing schooner Sherman Zwickerdocked at Pier 25 in Manhattan. See our review from 2014.

Highlander Sea, originally christened Pilot, was a gaff-rigged topsail schooner built in 1924 in Essex, Massachusetts by J.F. James and Sons. Designed by Starling Burgess, she served for 47 years as a Boston harbor pilot ship.

In the 1970’s she was sold through several owner who used her for voyaging and sail training.  Renamed Star Pilot and then Highlander Sea, the schooner was purchased in 2002 and underwent a major refit to serve as a community tall ship for Port Huron, Michigan. In 2011, the schooner was moved to Gloucester, MA and subsequently put up for sale.  Her arrival in New York in 2016 was captured by Will van Dorp on his Tugster blog.


Here are some previous posts on GMG documenting the schooner’s stay here in Gloucester.




Finless Food – Bluefin Growout: UMASS grads start up with test tube tuna

Bryan Wywras and Mike Selden are the cofounders of Finless Foods
excerpts from the article

Nice day for a 10K | Cape Ann Motor Inn booked

Cars streaming into Good Harbor Beach parking lot this morning for the annual Lone Gull 10K, voted 2016 Race of the Year from New  England Runner Magazine. 

Cape Ann Motor Inn was booked.

What a beautiful day for the race, and Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails weekends. Plan for next year!

cars streaming in for 2017 Sept 24 Lone Gull 10K

view from Cape Ann Motor Inn

sunrise Lone Gull 10K day-  view from Cape Ann Motor Inn


Good Harbor Beach parking lot filling up fast like summer

H.A. Burnham launch of the Maria

It was a gorgeous day out in Essex yesterday as the Burnham’s launched their Friendship sloop  originally built back in the 60s by Harold Burnham’s grandfather and now rebuilt by his grandson and named after Maria the Grandmother.  After a 2 hour delay they greased up the rails and let her go!



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