Schooner Roseway to Spend Independence Day in Greenport

The educational schooner Roseway is coming to Greenport on the Fourth of July, with an expected arrival of 9 a.m., according to Greenport Village.
 
She will dock at the village’s Railroad Dock and will be open for free on-deck tours from 2 to 6 p.m. The vessel is slated to depart the following morning.
 

Roseway, now operated as a school by the World Ocean School, is is a national historic landmarked wood gaff-rigged schooner, first launched in November 1925 in Essex, Mass. from the John F. James & Son Shipyard.

According to the World Ocean School, “in the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.”

“She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934,” according to the school’s website.

The ship, the only known surviving example of a fishing schooner built primarily for racing, has suffered a sinking and been refloated, and had been used as a pilot boat in Boston Harbor, where she protected the harbor with the First Naval District (New England) during World War II, outfitted with a .50 caliber machine gun. 

Roseway was retired by the Boston Pilot’s Association in 1973, after which she became a tourist passenger vessel, and her condition began to deteriorate.

After Roseway was repossessed by the First National Bank of Damariscotta, ME, the bank donated her to the newly formed World Ocean School in 2002. She then underwent two years of restoration in Boothbay Harbor, ME before she was relaunched as an education vessel in 2005.

According to the World Ocean School,they provide “programs aboard the historic schooner Roseway that challenge underserved kids academically, physically, and emotionally. Doing this, the way we do it, combats chronic apathy and disengagement which undermine society through increased drop-out rates, substance abuse, crime, and unemployment.”

More details on their work are online here.

 

 

 

Beth Young

Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at [email protected]

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