Maine’s Windjammer Fleet is one of the most dynamic sights along the coast. This unique sailing adventure originated when aging cargo schooners were transformed into coastal cruisers that carried passengers on excursions. Today, some of these vessels are National Historic Landmarks.

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Mary Day. Ben Keller / Maine Windjammer Association.


They could be retired cargo, fishing, or racing ships with traditional rigging. A few are newer vessels built to emulate older ships. They have bunks and cozy cabins, and the crew will invite you to help raise the sails, pull up the anchor, and even take the helm.


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Heritage Under Full Sail Fred LeBlanc / Maine Windjammer Association.


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Morning in Stonington. Rebecca Mahony/ Maine Windjammer Association.


A trip may last hours or a week, and specialty cruises are devoted to knitting, playing music, and studying photography.


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Stephen Taber. Alison Langley/ Maine Windjammer Association.


For a list of Windjammers and their schedules, visit the Maine Windjammer Association or Maine Windjammer Cruises. Most of their fleets are based out of Rockland or Camden.


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Schooner at Dawn. Tabita McQuade / Maine Windjammer Association.Several vessels offer day cruises along the coast, including Portland Schooner Co. in Portland, Schooner Surprise and Schooner Olad in Camden, and Downeast Windjammer Cruises in Bar Harbor. Go to Visit Maine for more information.