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Flotsam & jetsam: A member of the windjammer tribe

A fixture along the Maine coast for decades, Heritage is a 145-foot (LOA) coasting schooner built to historical specifications, with the heavy scantlings of a 19th century sailing vessel.

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Her double-sawn frame is constructed of lumber harvested from local forests, and all timbers are treated with a preservative. She was built to cruise in Maine’s windjammer fleet and has a current certificate of inspection that’s rated for 60 passengers on day sails and 30 on overnight trips. Measuring 94 feet on deck, Heritage comes with a full complement of sails, a suite of electronics and two pulling boats. She is propelled by sail only, and a diesel yawl boat is used for close-quarters maneuvering. Heritage is listed by David Jones Yacht Brokerage at Rockport (Maine) Marine for $950,000.

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What’s in a name?

Stepping Stones Lighthouse is in western Long Island Sound, off Kings Point, New York, and takes its name from a Native American legend. Colonial maps of the area show nearby rocks as the “Devil’s Stepping Stones,” and Stepping Stones Lighthouse — established in 1877 — marks some of those hazards to navigation. Ancient lore has it that the Siwanoy tribe battled Habboamoko, the devil, for the land that is now Connecticut. Backed against Long Island Sound and facing defeat, Habboamoko fled his foes by hopping on rocks revealed by the low tide. A sore loser, Habboamoko threw boulders at the Siwanoy, littering New England with rock formations as far as Maine.

“To reach a port we must set sail — Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

4,913 ...

... Square miles in the first fully protected national marine monument in the U.S. Atlantic, designated by President Obama in September, 130 miles off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue.