A Schooner is Born
Launching: June 2, 1930
“Standing at her bow, arms laden with flowers, and grasping a bottle of something we used to see much of before Prohibition, Miss Rosalie Murphy, daughter of Captain Patrick Murphy, who will command the craft, smashed the bottle on the shoe of the schooner as she started…”
– Gloucester Daily Times
June 2, 1930
Launched as the Andrew & Rosalie, last fishing schooner built in Gloucester.
June 26, 1930
She leaves on her first fishing trip
May 5, 1941
Renamed American Eagle by then owner Capt. Ben Pine
Made last fishing trip
Made it to Rockland, Maine for rebuilding
When the American Eagle tied up at our North End Shipyard in 1984, 53 years of hard fishing really showed. From then until the spring of 1986, great efforts went into her reconstruction. The ingenuity and expertise of Captain Foss and five other schooner captains completed her restoration.
Relaunched after complete rebuild
Sailing the coast of Maine
In Parade of Sail, New York for Statue of Liberty rededication
Designated a National Historic Landmark
First trip to Canada since her fishing days
Today the American Eagle looks and feels like a new boat. Her fair lines, solid timber and tarred rigging are as they were three generations ago when she first went to work in the waters off New England. She was recently designated a National Historic Landmark, and is one of very few sailing vessels licensed for international voyages.
Participated in SailBoston 2009
Twenty fifth season windjamming
Completed our twelfth international cruise to Canada