Built in1911 by Frank C. Adams in East Boothbay, Maine, for Charles Henry Beal, the Sylvina W. Beal is the oldest existing auxiliary knockabout fishing schooner in North America and one of two known existing Maine-built fishing schooners.

Over her long life, the Beal has proven to be a worthy vessel, completing over 108 years of active commercial service as a fishing vessel, a sardine carrier, and a windjammer.

As stewards of this historic vessel, our aim is to have her listed on the National Historic Register and rehabilitate her according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Ship and Vessel Preservation Projects for future use as a commercial charter, education and research vessel operating out of her new homeport of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

It is our hope that, like the other vessels we have built and operated, the Sylvina W. Beal will help keep our rich maritime heritage and culture alive and present on Cape Ann.

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