Watery Wednesday # 50: The Schooner Alliance

The schooner Alliance, Yorktown, Virginia.  June 19, 2007.

The schooner Alliance, Yorktown, Virginia. June 19, 2007.

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When Betsy and I were in Yorktown, Virginia, we were near the waterfront one evening when we saw the schooner Alliance sail down the river.  I’ll have to admit that she looked beautiful to me, but then I’ve always been fascinated by sailing ships.

The Alliance is 105 foot three masted gaff-rigged schooner, which sails twice daily from Riverwalk Landing Pier in Yorktown from May thru October.  The rest of the year it sails in the Caribbean.

The Alliance was built in 1995 in Palm Coast, Florida, and was brought to Yorktown in 2005.  She has a diesel engine as well as the full set of sails and can accommodate 49 passengers on daysails or 12 overnight passengers.

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21 Responses to “Watery Wednesday # 50: The Schooner Alliance”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Beautiful boat. Thats a good size boat if it could hold 49 people.

  2. Rose Says:

    I always think people were so brave to sail across the ocean in ships like this…well with sails only. This one sure is a beauty.

  3. connieemeraldeyes Says:

    Nice picture. I put up a picture of a waterfall. I know how you love them.

  4. storyteller at Sacred Ruminations Says:

    Lovely schooner and ‘watery scene’ … It’s been much too long since I’ve been sailing ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  5. MaryBeth Says:

    I love the sailing ships and wooden boats. The sails are magnificent. Imagine sailing across the ocean in one. WOW!!! MB

  6. Tricia Says:

    I’ve never been on a sailboat, but it looks like it would be a beautiful ride!
    Great WW post, George

  7. Suz Says:

    She is gorgeous!!!

  8. Susie Says:

    Nice pic George. I bet it would be great to sail on that vessel.

  9. Arija Says:

    So beautiful to see the billowing sails….

  10. moorebloglife Says:

    George, the Schooner has been my personal Favorite since childhood, I always wanted to see Errol Flynn taking a huge Schooner out to sea in person (yeah right) You’re lucky to see this glad you had fun!

  11. Judy Says:

    George, I also love sailboats!! Wouldn’t it be great to sail off into the sunset!

  12. Tina Says:

    What a historical beauty she is, George…and your photo makes her look just as majestic as she is…with all those sails blowing in the wind!!
    We have sailed three times with a small cruise line called Windstar. It used to be owned by Holland Am. but I heard, recently, it was sold to another company. They run 3 masted sail ships, 300 passenger, and two 148 passengers. A wonderful size if you like smaller ships and less people. We sailed from Nice, Fr. to Rome and back and then last year to Barbados. Nothing like being at sea with all the sails up..this pic brought back a lot of nice memories!!

  13. Betty Says:

    I came over here from Betsy blog to see your ship since I had such a wonderful time on the Zodiac. Yous is lovely too. I really love all of your flowers and your yard is beautiful.

  14. Stephany Says:

    I love sailboats too and the Alliance is a beauty, George. Very nicely framed. The sunlight on the sails is lovely.

  15. ewok1993 Says:

    Isnt’ she a beauty????

  16. Happyone Says:

    She is a beauty!!

  17. Cheryl Says:

    How beautiful with the sails. We have Windjammer Days here every June and what a sight to see many schooners sail into the harbor under full sail, just beautiful. Cannot imagine what it must have been like to sail across the ocean back in the day…

  18. imac Says:

    A beauty George, did ya go rigginLOL

  19. kden Says:

    I must admit I know nothing about sailing ships but that is a wonderful looking one and you’ve captured it well.

  20. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a neat boat.

  21. Julie Says:

    What a beautiful ship.

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