End of an era or opportunity? Maine-based Victory Chimes, largest operating, CG-approved, American passenger/cargo schooner, up for sale.

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Victory Chimes wooden schooner up for sale​

The historic schooner was built in 1900 as a cargo vessel and has operated for much of her history as a Maine sailing-season excursion schooner. First as the "Edwin & Maud", and then renamed "Victory Chimes."


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Operating under various owners 1946 - 1954


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Painting by Louis Fechter, 1948

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Back in Maine in the 1990's

Main Schooner Victory Chimes up for sail

By Stephen Betts
Courtesy of the Courier-Gazette - pressherald.com

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Victory Chimes during the 45th Annual Great Schooner Race in July. Photo by Ken Waltz
ROCKLAND — The 128-foot wooden schooner Victory Chimes, which hails out of Rockland, will discontinue operations.
Owner and Capt. Sam Sikkema said Monday that the ship’s long sailing career in Maine will end in October, but they are trying to find a new home for the historic sailing vessel, which currently is docked off Captain Spear Drive.
Built in 1900, Victory Chimes has sailed the Maine coast since 1954 as a “windjammer” – a sailing pleasure craft for paying guests.
The ship is celebrated on the 2003 commemorative state quarter for Maine. The ship was originally launched in Bethel, Delaware., as one of 4,000 such cargo ships. Then named Edwin & Maud, she hauled cargo in the Chesapeake Bay until 1946. She was then converted to the passenger trade. The ship is the last of the large, former cargo schooners still sailing, the owner said in a statement.
“After long and careful consideration we have come to the difficult decision that 2022 will be Victory Chimes last sailing season,” Sikkema said. “Upcoming Coast Guard compliance, cost and availability of materials for upcoming maintenance, the lack of ability to haul the ship in Maine and the losses of the 2020 season have all become a hill too big to climb.”
“We are working diligently to find a new home for the vessel. I am optimistic that there will be a way for the ship to exist and continue to tell its story in a meaningful way for generations to come.
“Thus far the 2022 season has brought us some truly beautiful sailing, lovely music and wonderful people. We invite you to come join us in celebrating the ship’s life and times in the windjammer fleet as we take one last turn around the bay,” the captain concluded in his statement.
Victory Chimes is for sale for $650,000. Sikkema purchased Victory Chimes in 2018.
In 1987, Tom Monaghan, then owner of Domino’s Pizza and the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, purchased the vessel and put it through an extensive restoration at Samples Ship Yard in Boothbay. In 1989, Domino’s put the infrequently used vessel – then named the Domino Effect – up for sale. The only interested party had plans to ship the schooner to Japan and use it for a sushi restaurant.
That’s when Kip Files and Paul DeGaeta stepped forward and purchased the Victory Chimes in 1990 and returned it to the Maine windjammer trade. This prompted the Maine Legislature to bestow the honor of “Official Windjammer of the state of Maine.”
The Victory Chimes has 21 cabins and can accommodate 43 passengers.

She has had a long an colorful history, more details found at this link:

 
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NaClH20

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Someone will buy it
Oh I hate to be a contrarian, but sadly my gut says she’ll be rotting in a creek as an oyster bar before too long. I can’t imagine someone masochistic enough to keep her in Maine, as there is no longer anywhere to haul out for maintenance, qualified crew in sufficient quantity are hard to come by, and materials are crazy expensive. Ironically, there’s plenty of talent around for rebuild and repair, just that there’s nowhere to stash it long enough to get the work done. The windjammer industry has been in a long, sad decline for as long as I’ve been living here. From a great fleet run by true characters, they’ve been trickling away... Adventure is gone, Roseway is gone, Timberwind is gone, Isaac H Evens is gone… A number of boats have changed hands recently, but some sat on the market for years before finding buyers, and some are still waiting. The Chimes owner has stated that he won’t sail after this year as there’s too much to do on the boat and not enough income to support it. I can’t imagine how one would peddle a business like that that isn’t operating.

Sad, indeed. I was crew back in the 90’s, and still remember being aloft, looking down at the deck and being surprised at how few butts there were in the deck planking. It was all original long leaf pine, probably 50-60’ lengths. Poor thing needs another Domino’s size cash infusion to keep going, now.
 

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A nice piece from earlier this summer when she was in maintenance, in preparation for the start of the season.

Courtesy of FOX61

Super-sized schooner back in 'ship-shape' at Mystic Seaport

The “Victory Chimes” is ready to return to Maine after its big maintenance project.
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Author: Jim Altman
Published: 5:47 PM EDT June 9, 2022
Updated: 11:42 AM EDT June 10, 2022
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STONINGTON, Conn. — The usual buzz at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard in Mystic is happening this season, though, over the last few weeks, that buzz has been even louder.
In May, the expert team of shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport took in the historic schooner known as the Victory Chimes and, at 178 feet in length, it’s the biggest boat they have ever hauled out of the water.
“We’re one of the very few shipyards that are capable of this kind of work on the Eastern Seaboard,” Chris Sanders, the director of the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard said.
Built in 1900, The Victory Chimes was a lumber hauler in the Chesapeake Bay for a half-century until it was sold and converted to a passenger sailboat and pleasure cruiser in the mid-1950s. Its home port is now in Rockland, Maine.
The schooner was brought to Mystic for its five-year inspection with the Coast Guard and for other preservation projects that needed attention.
“The facilities that are large enough to handle this vessel are very scarce and there are few places that you can find both the facility that is big enough to haul it, but also have the skills and expertise to do the work on it, so Mystic has all the ingredients in one place,” Sam Sikkema, the captain of the Victory Chimes, said.
The team at the Preservation Shipyard spent more than a month getting the Victory Chimes back into ship-shape, the schooner will sail back to Maine on Friday where it will return to taking visitors on scenic excursions.

1900s Schooner sets sail in Mystic

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Sanders added that this has been the busiest they have been at the shipyard, perhaps in its 50-year existence.
“It’s an exciting time to be here, we have probably been the busiest in the history of the shipyard,” Sanders added. “We live and breathe history here every day.”
To learn more about the Mystic Seaport Museum, click here.
To find out more about voyages along the Maine coast aboard the Victory Chimes, click here.
Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
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mgs

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Oh I hate to be a contrarian,
well as an oyster bar someone would be buying it no? Sherman Zwicker and Spirit of Mass…

Also Ernistina-Morrisey just spent how many years getting refit with a state government footing the bill?

And Ladona, or whatever, was rebuilt, and Hindu is being fixed up.

Yeah I know VC is big and that will compound expenses. I’m just not going to be surprised to read one day that the boat is sold and someone is going to try and get it ship shape again.

I have no connection to the boat beyond it’s image on the quarter. I had a conversation about her with my father and I was far more pessimistic about its future, but that also went with my stance on the schooners in Camden.


Ha! Just realized I’m wearing my tall ships 2000 race crew shirt today.
 

billy backstay

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boat like that will always need a ton of work.

From the Mystic Seaport Shipyard copy...

"The schooner was brought to Mystic for its five-year inspection with the Coast Guard and for other preservation projects that needed attention."

So perhaps they did the bare minimum to keep her legal and safe, and skipped all the needed cosmetics??
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NaClH20

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So perhaps they did the bare minimum to keep her legal and safe, and skipped all the needed cosmetics??
I suspect there’s been a cascading set of challenges here. One was the summer of 2020 when most boats were tied up, the Chimes got screwed somehow in PPP loan program. One guy I know got enough to cover his mortgage, so just needed to go out and get a few delivery jobs and other odd gigs to keep food on the table. Chimes got $10k, which might cover the paint budget but not much beyond that. Then they needed a tow to Mystic this year, and were quoted $50k. He instead bought an old Army tug for $50k and did it in house, but then ran into the need to hire someone with a tow endorsement to do the job, then needed an escort tug in the canal, and the tug now needs to be inspected… I don’t know the extent of work done this spring, but a boat like that is guaranteed to find more work the more it’s opened up, and there has to be a point where one just says stop. Perhaps the CG said for some aspect we’ll let this slide this year, but fix it next year…. He really needed a strong passenger count for the summer, but repairs were late and they missed the first week and had to refund, then it’s been mostly just ok on numbers rather than great, crewing has been a real challenge… And so on and on. Must feel a little like Job after a run like that.
 
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Steve

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I believe the Adirondack in the photo above is actually of cold molded construction designed and built by Scaranos up in Albany. The Victory Chimes spent a couple of years in Duluth, Minnesota before returning to Maine. I don't know who owned it then but it was named Victory Chimes, not Domino Effect so probably not the pizza guy.
 

MauiPunter

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I believe the Adirondack in the photo above is actually of cold molded construction designed and built by Scaranos up in Albany. The Victory Chimes spent a couple of years in Duluth, Minnesota before returning to Maine. I don't know who owned it then but it was named Victory Chimes, not Domino Effect so probably not the pizza guy.
Yes, all the Adirondack boats were built by Scaranos. The point of my post is there is a place for large-size schooners in population centers on the coast where they are packed every weekend and most evenings in season for sunset cruises or harbor sailing excursions. The boat in the OP could be a great candidate for such a business.
 

WHK

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I see Adirondack - II all the time giving Narragansett Bay tours. It's a really nice looking classic! Someone must have put good money in her to keep up with the maintenance.

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