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 Ocean Passages.
Length Overall: 131 feet
Length at Waterline: 85 feet
Length on Deck: 94 feet
Draft: 10 feet
Rig Height above Waterline: 100 feet
Beam: 23 feet
Sail Area: 5,000 square feet
Gross Tons: 95
Main Engine: 220 hp John Deere
Keel: White Oak
Hull: Long Leaf Yellow Pine & White Oak
Spars: Spruce & Douglas Fir
Fresh Water Capacity: 750 gallons
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 350 gallons
Number of Trainees: 22
Number of Crew: 8-11