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Flotsam & Jetsam: Satisfy Your Wanderlust

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Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Wanderbird is a 90-foot former North Sea fishing trawler that has been converted into a long-range expedition vessel. She was built by the De Haas shipyard in Maassluis, Holland, and worked as a beam trawler from her launch in 1963 until 1990.

Wanderbird accommodates 12 in six double cabins, each with a private head and shower, and meets or exceeds the safety requirements for her class and Lloyd’s specifications for passenger-carrying vessels. Powered by a 510-hp diesel, she has a range of 6,000 miles.

Traditional touches include varnished woodwork in the galley, library, dining area and saloon, as well as an auxiliary ketch sailing rig. Two small boats allow for venturing ashore.

Wanderbird is listed at $229,000 with Midcoast Yacht & Ship Brokerage in Spruce Head, Maine. midcoastyacht.com

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A 'Hazardous' Artifact

Navy archaeologists hope to confirm the identity of a shipwreck off Watch Hill, Rhode Island, using the first artifact recovered from the site: a 5\lz-foot cannon. The wreck is thought to be the remains of the USS Revenge. Commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry, the schooner sank in 1811 after she ran aground on a reef. The iron cannon was taken to a conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard to be stabilized.

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Watch Your Step

Dubarry's Pacific X LT boat shoes will keep you on your feet on board with their non-slip, non-marking rubber outsoles. Hand-sewn and water-resistant, they feature a lightweight midsole and flexible upper construction. They look sharp when you're off the boat, too. The shoes are offered in five colors. $229. dubarry.com

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Rose Island Lighthouse stands in Narragansett Bay at the entrance to Newport, Rhode Island. When the light was activated in 1870, the island served as a rifle range. During World War I and World War II, the Navy stored explosives there. Rose Island Lighthouse was deactivated in 1970 after the opening of the Newport Bridge and was relit as a private aid to navigation in 1993. Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation manages the light and the island, and it offers overnight and weeklong stays for a taste of life as a lighthouse keeper. roseisland.org

Cruising With SNOWBIRDS, EH?

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association has introduced a feeder event that takes Northern cruisers to Virginia for its annual Fall Rally to the Caribbean. The Great Lakes Rally to Hampton starts Oct. 7 in Toronto and follows a route across the Great Lakes, through the New York Lock System, down the Hudson River, through New York Harbor and down the East Coast to the mouth of the Chesapeake, arriving in time for the Oct. 26 start of the Fall Rally. saltydawgsailing.org

"There is not one miracle solution to combat climate change: There are solutions which we must learn to operate together ... allowing nature's energies, as well as those of our society, to collaborate." -Victorien Erussard, a skipper of Energy Observer, a zero-emmissions converted racing catamaran that's rounding the world powered by the sun, wind and hydrogen generated on board from seawater.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue.