Specifications

  • Homeport: Bayfield, WI
  • Rig: Schooner
  • Sparred Length: 57
  • LOA: 52
  • LOD: 52
  • LWL: 41
  • Draft: 6’6″
  • Beam: 13’11”
  • Rig Height: 60
  • Freeboard: 5
  • Sail Area: 2400
  • Tons: 38
  • Hull: FRP

Story

We take kids (of all ages) sailing to help them experience great adventures, make amazing discoveries (often about themselves), and become good stewards of Lake Superior!

Since 2014, the non-profit organization, Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc., has been providing positive, life-changing outdoor sailing adventures to kids and adults in the Apostle Islands/Chequamegon Bay Area aboard the schooner Abbey Road.

Our trips are “Un-plugged” experiential learning voyages. Teamwork is required which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and helps develop leadership skills.

Longer trips can be physically and emotionally challenging for some participants (although not dangerous). As controlled risks are overcome by participants they discover hidden strengths, acquire new skills and increase self-confidence.

We are very proud that we’ve had 4,700+ participants onboard the Abbey Road. She is an excellent platform for small groups and we will continue sailing her into the foreseeable future. However, we would like to take more kids sailing on Lake Superior and we are not able to do this with the 52′ Abbey Road alone.

Our goal is to build the Alice Craig, a replica of a US Revenue Cutter that sailed Lake Superior from 1859 to 1887, but it will be many years before we are in a financial position to lay her keel.

We hope that kids who sail with us will be inspired to do great things in the future because they were able to see the world and themselves a little differently from the deck of a schooner.

Facts

  • USCG Certification: Uninspected Passenger Vessel (Subchapter C)
  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
  • Program Type: Sail Training, Passenger Daysails, Private Charters, Maritime History, Marine Environment and Ecology, Scouts, Team Building, Adventure Travel, Nautical Science & Seamanship
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Hauled Out
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Exploring the Apostle Islands and the waters of Lake Superior
  • Sailing Season: May through October
  • Year Launched: 1989
  • Number of Crew: 2
  • Name of Contact: Gordon Ringberg, Executive Director
  • Phone: 262-422-0607
  • Website: https://www.lakesuperiortallships.org