USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


Red Witch is typical of the schooners that once plied Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. She was built in the tradition of the schooners which were the workhorses of America’s 19th century transportation system. Designed by John G. Alden, the Red Witch has a hull of cyprus on oak, wooden blocks, and a gaff rig.

Although traditional in appearance, the schooner was purpose-built for charter and day cruise service. She has full amenities for up to 49 passengers. Red Witch’s home port is Chicago, since 2004. She has sailed as far as Hawaii and worked in San Diego before coming to the Great Lakes. As Ohio’s Bicentennial flagship, she represented the state on goodwill cruises to Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois as well as Ontario, Canada during 2003. In 2006 and 2010, she represented the city of Chicago in their Tall Ships® Festival.

In addition to private charters and daysails, Red Witch offers Chicago Special Event cruises, weekly evening fireworks sails, and freshwater whale watching, which is a rare sight indeed!


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Chicago, IL
Sparred Length: 77'
LOA: 57'
LOD: 54'
LWL: 49'
Draft: 6' 6
Beam: 17' 6
Rig height: 73'
Freeboard: 4' 6
Sail Area: 2100 square feet
Tons: 41
Hull: Wood


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, private parties
Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science
Normal cruising waters: Great Lakes (summer), Not Sailed (winter)
Season: May to October
Built: 1986
Crew: 3
Contact: Captain Andrew Sadock
Tel: 312-469-0233
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