USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


The ex-pilot schooner Alabama is an authentic example of a typical Gloucester fishing schooner of the early 1900s. She was built for the Mobile Bar Pilot Association in Pensacola, Florida in 1926 and designed by the greatest New England designer of Gloucester schooners, Thomas F. McManus. After a major three-year reconstruction, the summer of 1998 marked her first year sailing the waters of southern New England joining the Shenandoah in The Black Dog Tall Ships fleet of Martha’s Vineyard. The Alabama runs 6-day sailing trips for youth ages 9 to16 from late June through late August and is available for day and sunset sails and private charter each year from June 1 through late June and late May through mid October.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Vineyard Haven, MA
Sparred Length: 126'
LOA: 90'
LOD: 85'
LWL: 78'
Draft: 12' 6
Beam: 21'
Rig height: 94'
Freeboard: 5'
Sail Area: 5000 square feet
Tons: 85
Hull: wood


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Individuals Under 25, Adults (25 and over)
Normal cruising waters: Southern New England
Built: 1926
Crew: 6
Contact: Captain Robert Douglas
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