Following several days of treating her like some tabloid starlet who slept in a ditch, I guess it is only fair that I give the Alabama her proper due. I must say, she looks much more attractive afloat than she does aground.
According to the website, she was designed by Robert F. McManus, a highly regarded architect of many Gloucester fishing schooners. Built in 1926, she served the Mobile, Alabama Bar Pilots until her retirement in 1966. She was brought to Vineyard Haven in 1967, but it was not until a 1990's rebuild that she was fitted for sail.
While I am no fan of the Black Dog Tourist Empire (you won't catch me wearing a Black Dog T-Shirt), I do appreciate their fleet of ships. Along with the Alabama, the Shenandoah and Chantey offer charters, excursions, as well as youth and educational programs.
Shooting My Universe: Alabama In Gloucester (beautiful photo)
Martha's Vineyard Times: Schooner Refloated In Mystic River
Soundbounder: Alabama Afloat
Soundbounder: Alabama Aground IV
Soundbounder: Alabama Aground III
Soundbounder: Alabama Aground II
Soundbounder: Alabama Aground I