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125′ Gloucester Fishing Schooner

American Eagle has a rich history. Today she looks and feels like a new boat. Her fair lines, solid timber and tarred rigging are as they were three generations ago when she first went to work in the waters off New England. She was recently designated a National Historic Landmark, and is one of very few sailing vessels licensed for international voyages.

American Eagle is:

National Historic Landmark
Rebuilt, maintained and operated by the owner
Ten times winner of the Gloucester Schooner Race
Certificated for 56 day, 28 overnight, operator and two deckhands
Tall Ship event participant
Last fishing schooner built in Gloucester, with historic connections to the Gertrude L. Thebaud and Capt. Ben Pine
Currently carries a passenger safety certificate and SOLAS exemptions/certification for voyages to Canada
Good reputation and loyal following since 1986
New sails and awning 2013
PHOTO CREDITS: Greg Gettens, Dick Loehr, Fred LeBlanc, Noah Barnes, Peter Owens, Eric Klem, Anthony Marks, Kathy Foss, Michael Carstanjen

Builder: United Sail Loft
Keel: Full


LOA 125 feet
Beam: 19 ft 5 in
Length on Deck: 92 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 11 feet four inches

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Detroit Diesel
Year Built: 1985
Engine Model: V6-71, Natural Aspirated
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 7000
Engine(s) Total Power: 175 HP

Planking: Carvel planked, 2” thick oak
Frames: Double sawn oak & black locust frames
Fastenings: Ferrous square cut spikes, galvanized
Bolting: Ferrous
Shelf & Clamp: Oak
Ceiling: Estimated thickness 1.75 inches
Stem: Oak
Stern post: Oak
Transom: Short counter stern, Oak planked
Structural keel: Oak
Ballast: Internal ballast, lead encased in concrete.


Five compartments: Forepeak, forecastle & galley, midships,


Structural: All watertight bulkheads
Construction: Planked on stanchions
Watertight doors: There is a single steel watertight door with dogs in the bulkhead between galley and midships compartments. All other bulkheads are solid


Decking: laid White pine, caulked and paid seams.
Fastenings: Ferrous
Bulwarks Oak planking over black locust
Lifelines: single rope lifeline set up on short stanchions bolted to stanchion cap rail.
Pulpits: Bowsprit is fitted with a pulpit rail with lifelines.
Hatches: Various, all with approved hatches.
Cabin Trunk

Carlin: Oak
Sides: White pine
Ends: White pine
Hatches: Various
Companionway: Slides with opening doors
Windows: Various
Cabin trucks have weather boards

Rudder Blade: Wooden blade, logged up construction
Rudder Shaft: Oak
Steering: Lunenberg worm-gear steering
Rudder stops: Integral to steerer. Rudder is not fitted with check chains
Autopilot: None
Main Engine:

Description: Single diesel engine, driving a feathering propeller through a hydraulic
reverse gear
Make & Model: Detroit Diesel V6-71, natural aspirated
Year 1985
Serial Number: 6VAL 136541
Horsepower: 193 HP & the shaft is fitted with a hobco shaft brake.
Indicated Hours: 7,000
Fuel: Diesel
Cooling system: Freshwater cooled by heat exchanger
Controls: Kobelt control head, Morse cable linkage
Reverse Gear: Twin Disc
Stern Gear:

Shaft: 2” stainless
Stuffing box: Internal, fixed
Propeller: 32 X 20 Luke feathering

Fuel System:

Tank: Single 210 gallon tank
Location: Engine compartment
Construction: Welded aluminum
Feed lines: Approved neoprene
Fuel filters: Engine mount
Water separator: Racor

Type: Wet exhaust
Renewed in 2012 and made of type 316 L stainless steel
Material: Iron water cooled manifold, water-jacketed steel dry riser with water
injection at steel waterlift muffler. Exhaust port is on starboard side of

hull, above waterline.


Type: Forced draft. DC axial vane blower, draws from battery banks.
Type: Natural draft to engine compartment

Through Hulls & Seacocks:

Type & Number: Bronze marine Tapered Plug, and ball valves.
Location: Various: Engine compartment, galley, head.
Operable As required and inspected by USCG

Type: Neoprene, PVC,
Double clamped

Bilge Pumping:

Type: DC electric centrifugal submersible in each compartment
Type: Centrifugal pump, hydraulic powered off main engine pto pump.
Operates through bilge suction manifold
Bilge lines are 1 1/2 ” copper with union.
Type: Gasoline-powered portable pump, can be connected to bilge manifold.
Auto switch: “Rule”
Discharge: direct
Manual pump: Edson diaphragm type
Engine driven pump: As required and inspected by USCG


Type: (2) heads discharging directly into 2 holding tank.
holding tank: Single tank, manual discharge pump
siphon break:
USCG approved:

Domestic Water System:

Tank size and type: Stainless steel tanks, reported capacity 1,100 gallons
Pressure pump: 12 V electric
Waste discharge: Direct
Piping: PVC
Stainless steel grey water tank


Type: Wood-fired range

Heating stove:

Type: Oil fired parlor stove with heat exchanger to a water jacket. Hot water is circulated to radiators in each compartment.
Fuel: #2 oil


Dual belt-driven generators on main engine. One charges house batteries, the other charges engine start battery.
Voltage: 12V DC


General: “House” battery banks power lights and service pumps. There are two
battery banks, each consisting of 8 6V deep cycle batteries.

Engine start battery is a single size 8d gelcell type, isolated from house system, and charged by a separate alternator.

AC Circuit Battery Charger:

Type: 1) Marine Xantrex Truecharge 20 amp (engine start)
Marine Xantrex Truecharge 40 amp (House Batteries)

Circuit Protection:

Main disconnect: Explosion proof selector type
Branch circuits: Circuit breaker


Stranded wire with approved insulation, crimped butt connectors.

System Description:

Voltage: 110v AC
Configuration: Single phase
Generators: Gasoline fueled 2.2 kw portable, stowed in deck locker
Inverter: Less than 1 kw
Shore Power:

Entry Type: NEMA plugs.
Switching: DPST
Ampacity: 30
Cable: OK size.
Grounded: Through Guest model 2433 galvanic isolator

Circuit Protection:

Main disconnect: DPST with reverse polarity warning light
Branch circuits: SPST


Wire type: PVC coated multi strand copper
Mount adequate:
Adequate gauge
Splices: Crimped
Terminals: Crimped


VHF Radio Radio with loud hailer PA system, as required by USCG
G.P.S. Two units, with chart plotter
Radar Sitex-Koden


Type: Upper rigging goes to ground through the headrig and bobstay, where
there’s a one square foot grounding plate.



Type: (2) solid Douglas Fir spars, oiled finish


Type: Main boom is laminated solid Douglas Fir. Fore is solid
Finish: Varnish

Other spars:

Type: Bowsprit
Construction: Solid spar, spike bowsprit with simple headrig
Finish: Varnish

Standing Rigging:

Shroud construction: 7X7 galvanized wire rope, looped around mast at mast tops
Turnbuckles: Vessel is rigged with deadeyes and lanyards, except for the bowsprit
whisker shrouds
Chain Plates: Steel bar stock, bolted to planking
Head rig: Staysail is tacked at a gammon iron that attaches to the stem. Jib is tacked at a cranse iron at the end of the bowsprit.

Running rigging and deck hardware

Sheets: Three-strand construction
Sheet winches: None. Vessel is rigged with sheet purchases
Halyards: Three strand construction, conventional schooner rig
Halyard winch: None
Blocks: Wood shell


Main, fore, staysail, and jib, all sails synthetic “Oceanus” cloth, new in 2013.
Made by Nat Wilson
New awning 2013



#1 Size and Type: 500Lbs. Fisherman new in 2013
#1 Rode: 3/4″ X 300′ chain rode, reported new in spring 2010
#2 Size and Type: 600+ Lbs Fisherman
#2 Rode: 5/8″ X 35′ chain leader + 2” dacron anchor rode

Deck Gear:

Winch: Schooner style “teeter-totter” winch with operating levers. Winch is also operated by a hydraulic motor that runs off the main engine. Winch is mounted on two frame timbers, with the pawls and actuator mounted ona center pawl post.
Chocks: Steel hawse pipes fitted into the bow noble timbers
Cleats & Bitts: Bitt posts
Rode storage: Chain rode is flaked down in a deck box.
Anchor stowage: Anchors are stowed on the bulwark cap, with a manual anchor burton to hang the anchor.
Small boats: Vessel is equipped with three boats that are carried in davits along the rail, as follows:

17’ rowing “seine skiff” equipped for 11 persons
14’ “North Haven” sailboat
12’ rowing boat

Portable Fire Extinguishers

As required in USCG certificate. All extinguishers are tagged annually.

Fixed System:

Type: Fireboy FE 241 fixed system in engine compartment with current inspection, remote actuator


Pump type: Centrifugal, operated off hydraulic motor
Pump type: Gasoline power portable
Hoses: Service hoses


Emergency Flotation devices

Type Number Stowage Condition

ADULT 1 52 Deck boxes OK
CHILD’S 1 6 Deck boxes OK
Life Raft 50 person IBA new in 2012
Overboard Gear: As required by USCG, throwable ring with approved line. Vessel is able to maneuver under power, and carries small boats that can be launched while underway, and crew qualified to man a small boat.

Price $750,000
Name American Eagle
Type Sail
Length 125 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Gloucester Fishing Schooner
Classification Schooner

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