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Schooner Virginia: Virginia's Tall Ship!

The VIRGINIA MARITIME HERITAGE FOUNDATION Schooner VIRGINIA Project

The Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission to build a replica of the historic 122-foot Pilot Schooner VIRGINIA.

The original pilot schooner Virginia was the 5th ocean-keeping vessel owned by the Virginia Pilot Association.  She was also the 4th wooden schooner, and the 3rd and last pilot ship built expressly for the pilots.

Although the Virginia pilots had entered the age of steam power with the coal-fired steam pilot cutter RELIEF some 25 years before, pilot President William Rowe Boutwell caused the Pilot Schooner Virginia to be built in order "to keep the pilots sharp sailors" and to train apprentices.

World War I had begun in Europe when Boutwell contracted with Marine Architects, Cox and Stevens, to design the pilot ship "along the lines of an America's cup defender".  The plans, drawn on silk in the fashion of the day, were sent to shipwrights A.C. Brown & Son, Tottenville, Staten Island, New York.  They completed her in late 1916.  After sea trials and shake down cruises, several Virginia pilots entrained for New York to sail home their new engine-less ship.

We're building the Schooner Virginia Now, visit: http://www.tricoastal.com/virginia/virginia.html


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