The Isaac H.
Evans was built by George Vannaman in Mauricetown, New Jersey
in 1886, on the banks of the Maurice River that leads into Delaware
Bay. She will be celebrating her 123rd anniversary this year!
To survive that many years you know she must be an exceptional and
well-loved vessel. She was built when oystering was the
biggest fishing industry in America and spent many years working the
Delaware Bay before she came to Maine for a new life. In 1971
she was brought from New Jersey to the old Percy and Small Shipyard
which is now part of the Bath Maritime Museum. By 1973 she was
completely rebuilt and adapted for her new industry.
of National Historic Landmark is one we are very proud of. Though it is
purely honorific and doesn't mean we get any government money, grants,
or tax breaks, there are only a handful of vessels that are so honored.
This designation is awarded to vessels that are recognized as being of
extraordinary historical significance to the United States.
Although steeped in
history, the Evans has a reputation for always
being a well-maintained and neatly kept schooner with very comfortable
amenities. A legacy of her past occupation, she is a very
shallow-draft vessel allowing us to haunt the islands of the coast,
seeing seals, eagles, osprey, and visiting the small harbors we love.
We don't claim to be the “Oldest”, the
“Newest”, or the “Fastest” windjammer, we are simply a very
comfortable, homey schooner from the Golden Era of sail. We've never
found it necessary to boast, as our cruises have always appealed to
those who treasure the sea, nature and friendship. It would be hard to
find a more environmentally benign vacation.