Like the Lewis R. French, Stephen Taber was built way back in 1871, and is the oldest sailing vessel in continuous service in the U.S. She hauled lumber, stone, and produce up and down the Eastern seaboard for a full century, and is now listed on the National Register.
The Taber is known as a fun vessel, and a day's sail often ends with music and stories. Guests are able to go ashore once or twice daily, weather permitting. Operated by the same family for over a quarter-century, the Taber is known for her food (former captain Ellen Barnes, mother of the current captain, has published many family recipes in the cookbook A Taste of the Taber) and draws a huge number of repeat passengers -- upward of 70% on most sailings.
Cabins have running water, lights, windows, and enough headroom to stand and dress.
Two shared heads and one hot-water shower, all on deck.
Size: 68 ft.
Passengers: 22 (min. age 14).
Captain Noah Barnes and Jane Barnes, Windjammer Wharf, P.O. Box 1050, Rockland, ME 04841. tel. 800/999-7352; www.mainewindjammers.com.
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