• Homeport:
  • Rig: Barque
  • 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

Organization: The Black Dog Tallships – Schooner Alabama


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.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Adults, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Other: private and corporate charters
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Southern New England
  • Year Launched: 1926
  • Number of Crew: 6
  • Name of Contact: Captain Robert Douglas