Good morning everyone. If time flies when you are having fun we must be having the time of our lives. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. The schooner has looked much like the last blog about swarming bees, a hive of activity that has spilled over into the wee hours of dawn and dusk. When will we ever learn to let a few things go instead of trying to get everything perfect at the last minute? The crew has done a magnificent job all reflected in the wonderful time we had Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect and the NW wind on Sunday had us passing many miles under the fresh paint on the keel.We spent most of Sunday bowling along at 7 or 8 knots with few peeks at 1O knots with just the four lower sails set. What a thrill!

As many of you guessed the secret project was a new main topmast. She is all shiny bright and standing proudly over the harbor. Here are a few photos by Jim Dugan of the topmast arriving in Camden and being carried aboard. We got more than a few looks driving the 41 foot stick through the streets of Appleton, Hope and Camden. Gracious me… hasn’t anyone seen a topmast before?

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. My my my Mary Day! Look at that shiny, new topmast! You will be the envy of all the schooners this summer. You already are the most beautiful ship in Camden Harbor and the loveliest to sail Penobscot Bay. But now, with all the new accessories and TLC, you are the queen of the Maine coast. I can't wait to see you, beautiful girl. 🙂

  2. One of the reasons many of us keep coming back year after year is the attention to details you lavish on the schooner. Fresh paint, shining brass, bright brightwork, clean heads, a beautiful deck, and a saloon/galley where we love to eat all contribute to an unforgettable adventure. Thanks to Captains Jen and Barry but especially to the whole crew who keep this beautiful ship "ship-shape" for all of us.

  3. Wow. Looks great. This will be my first, but hopefully not my last, sailing trip on the Mary Day. I feel like I've come to know her, that she's a part of me. How does that happen? Thanks Barry/Jen and the crew for all the hard work. See ya soon.

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