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96-year-old wooden schooner is back in Maine

May 15, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 96-year-old wooden schooner built in Freeport is back in its home state after being purchased from owners in Massachusetts.

The 53-foot Heart’s Desire is joining a small number of historic vessels at the Portland Schooner Co., the Bangor Daily news reported. The other Maine-built schooners are the Wendameen, Bagheera and Timberwind.

“Our brand is: Maine-built, wooden, historic and authentic,” Scott Reischmann said. “We’ll never buy a boat not built in Maine.”

Heart’s Desire was designed by famed marine architect John Alden and was built at the T.H. Soule shipyard in Freeport for A.S. Nielson of Marblehead, Massachusetts.