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The Wayback Machine

maine windjammer history, Harvey Gamage, Schooner Mary Day

Harvey Gamage aboard Mary Day alongside the recently launched Shenandoah, 1964


Good morning everyone. I took a trip in the wayback machine this weekend. All winter I have been planing to go visit Havilah Hawkins, Jr., son of Havilah Hawkins Sr. who designed Mary Day. Finally I went down to the Hawkins family house in Sedgewick Saturday to visit. We spent 4 hours pouring through dozens and dozens of photographs from the early days of the schooner. I wished I had a tape recorder running. Just the same, I have a lot to share. Jen and I are scanning like crazy with dueling scanners going in two rooms. I am not certain what will become of all of this. Our goal for now is to get it scanned so that it is at least preserved and available for folks to pick through.

I know I am projecting but Harvey Gamage appears to be a lean, strong man. The year is 1964 and Shenandoah has recently been launched and her masts are stepped. The Hawkins and Bob Douglas were already dear friends. Buds sailed Mary Day from Camden to the Gamage Shipyard at South Bristol just for the occasion. Note that Mary Day is all white. She has lost the black bulwarks of 1962 and the black sheer stripe of 1963.

Schooner Mary Day, Schooner Shenandoah, maine windjammer history

Mary-Day-alongside-Shenandoah at the Gamage Shipyard, 1964

Do you have any old photos out there? We would love to see them.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.