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Schooner Heritage Couple Set for 45th Season Sailing Maine Coast

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ROCKLAND, Maine, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four decades after first crewing together on a small schooner out of Rockland, Maine, Captains Doug and Linda Lee continue to live the schooner life as current owners of the largest two-masted vessel in Maine's historic windjammer fleet.

The Rockland, Maine, passenger schooner Heritage is the largest two-masted vessel in Maine's historic windjammer fleet. It was designed and built by owners and Captains Doug and Linda Lee, who have sailed passenger schooners off the Maine coast for 45 years. Photo credit: Fred LeBlanc

When the Lees' 145-foot passenger schooner Heritage departs Rockland Harbor for its first multi-day sail on June 4, it will mark the start of the couple's 45th season of sailing off the Maine coast.

As the hosts and captains on every Heritage trip they provide passengers with delicious food, tidbits of maritime history, close-up sightings of lighthouses and wildlife, and a travel experience that is remarkable for even the most ocean-hardy guest.

"The cruise itself is the attraction," says Doug. "Seeing the area, the wildlife, the towns and villages. We go where the wind, weather and tide direct us."

Doug, 67, and Linda, 66, were gifted with part ownership of a Rockland passenger schooner on their wedding day in 1969. Two years later they purchased the 1886 schooner Isaac H. Evans, completely rebuilt it for the passenger trade, and sailed it out of Rockland for 10 years.

After purchasing Rockland's North End Shipyard the couple began designing the Heritage. With help from other builders and friends they built the vessel over five years and launched it at the shipyard in 1983.

Doug says the Heritage was "built to look, act and feel like a big, heavy coasting schooner. It's the next generation of Maine's windjammers, and a continuum of the Age of Sail in America." The Lees are the only windjammer captains who designed and built their boat, and sail aboard on every trip.

As one of three Maine windjammers specifically designed for passenger comfort, the Heritage has larger cabins with LED lights, more headroom below, and a larger galley and dining area than other boats. The Heritage deck is 24 feet wide and 93 feet long.

For more information about the schooner Heritage and its 2014 sailing schedule, call 1-800-648-4544 or visit

Contact: Captain Doug Lee, Schooner Heritage
207-542-4073 or

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