Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, GloucesterStandout Qualities: This is an authentic experience for sure. This 65-foot schooner gives you a real taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. In the ’90s, as word of this shipbuilding project spread, shipwrights began appearing on the scene, looking for work building the boat. The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon was launched on the evening high tide shortly before midnight on Saturday, June 21, 1997. She’s been taking boat lovers and curious travelers out on magical public sails ever since.
Insider Tip: The friendly crew specializes in private charters for weddings, corporate entertainment, team building, birthdays, and more. Consider watching Gloucester’s 4th of July fireworks from the boat. But book early, as it sells out.
Fun Fact: She is framed with white oak and black locust, from trees grown locally and donated by the Essex County Greenbelt Association and private landowners.
Seven Seas Wharf on Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-6634, schooner.org