USCG Certification

Sailing School Vessel (Subchapter R), Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


In 1973, the shipyard of Harvey F. Gamage, located on the Damariscotta River in South Bristol, Maine, sent the last of her sailing vessels down the ways. Harvey Gamage had lines reminiscent of a coasting schooner, but was to have a very different mission.
For twenty years, she was owned and operated by Captain Eben Whitcomb. She sailed the Northwest Atlantic and Caribbean Sea with high school and college students, as well as passengers. Some of the longest running sail training programs in the United States originated on Gamage.  In 1993, Gamage was purchased by Ocean Classroom Foundation and operated alongside SSV Westward and SSV Spirit of Massachusetts for over twenty years.  Harvey Gamage is U.S. Coast Guard classified as both a Sailing School Vessel (SSV) and a Small Passenger Vessel (SPV).   She has been extensively rebuilt and continues to sail year-round with Sailing Ships Maine.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Portland, ME
Sparred Length: 131
LOA: 95
LOD: 90
LWL: 85
Draft: 9'7
Beam: 24
Rig height: 91
Freeboard: 5
Sail Area: 4,200
Tons: 94
Hull: Wood


Who Sails? High School, College
Normal cruising waters: North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Canada to Cuba
Season: Year-round
Built: 1973
Crew: 8-11
Contact: Alex Agnew
Tel: 207-619-1842
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