The magnificent Victory Chimes -- the only original three-masted schooner in the famed Maine Windjammer fleet -- is the last of her generation, a noble reminder of the Age of Sail.
|Year/Make/Model:||1900 / Schooner / Victory Chimes|
|Length:||170' 0" (51.82m)|
|Available in:||North East US, Maine|
It is the most relaxing, restorative vacation you could imagine. Pack up your day-to-day cares and leave them on the dock--you won't miss them at all. You'll be much too busy savoring the simple pleasures of shipboard life: the time to read a good book, the tranquility to snooze in the warmth of the afternoon sun, the freedom to go wherever the wind takes us, the adventure of discovering a new harbor every evening. You'll find special places ashore, too, whether we're lying off an unspoiled island beach or a salty seafaring port.
On the Victory Chimes, passengers seem to get to know each other more easily than they might at a land-based resort. We think it's because the atmosphere is so restful, so conductive to chatting over breakfast or sharing the thrill of seeing a porpoise trace crescents above the waves. But there's also plenty of time and space for being quietly alone, simply gazing at the sea.
Don't worry about getting lax with your exercise regimen--unless you want to! Before or after the day's sail, you can swim, give your biceps a workout in the rowboat, go for a run, or take an energetic walk along the shore. If you're a sailing buff, or are eager to become one, the captain and crew will invite your help hoisting and lowering the sails. To hone your navigational skills, you can practice plotting our course with the compass and chart laid out just for passengers, or practice marlinspike seamanship with a crew member.
Once the anchor is down in the evening, we enjoy gathering on the main deck to toast the day. We provide the hors d'oeuvres, and you're welcome to bring soft drinks or spirits for your personal consumption (for safety and in consideration of other passengers, we of course cannot tolerate excessive drinking). We always look forward to dinner with great eagerness--what with the marvelous aromas coming from the galley, it's all we can do to wait until the brass bell is rung! You will feast on lobster and other unique hardy New England fare that our Chef prepares daily. All meals are included from fresh blueberry pancakes in the morning to homemade breads and desserts at lunch and dinner. After sharing in an informal sing-along or slipping away for a final look at the stars, it's time for a good night's sleep. You'll find you sleep like a baby and awaken refreshed, ready for a big breakfast! Both breakfast and dinner are served in the main saloon. Lunches are usually served on deck as we sail along.
The Victory Chimes size makes her a very comfortable vessel. Her 132 feet of deck space offers plenty of room for you to grab one of our over stuffed deck mats and stretch out, or you can find a secluded spot to catch some rays or to snuggle up with a good book. Two full size on-deck showers are available for your convenience in the forward house. Down below, the large saloon where meals are served offers a great spot as a respite from the sun or weather, or a place to play cribbage or other games available on board. We also have a large selection of books for your reading pleasure.
Aft of the main saloon, the passenger accommodations open off the airy companionway. All are outside cabins with opening portholes, and all are at least six feet by eight feet, with nine feet of headroom. All have hot and cold running water, good reading lights, and large berths with comfortable mattresses, pillows, sheets, and warm blankets. Some cabins accommodate two, while larger ones have multiple berths just right for families. Single cabins are also available. Each cabin is comfortably spacious with storage areas for your belongings.
We have four special suites that are ideal for the honeymoon couple or those who require a little more in the way of creature comforts. Each of these cabins has a double bed, hot and cold running water and it's own head (toilet). The decor is a little more "yacht like" with a stocked library. They are available on a first come first serve basis at a slightly higher cost than our regular cabin and based on double occupancy. If interested please inquire.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, the Edwin & Maude slides down the ways at the Philips Yard in Delaware. If she survived a decade of hauling lumber, the townsfolk of Bethel who invested in the dream of a young Captain named R.E Riggen could expect a decent return. Designed by JMC Moore, she was one of thirty "Ram" schooners - nicknamed for the way they "rammed through" the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and through the sea. Her schooner rig was uniquely American. Her stout build, simple rig, and yawl boat made her one of the most profitable ships ever to sail.
Edwin & Maude has been hauling freight for over a decade on May 31st as the RMS Titanic is launched.
Edwin & Maude continues plying her trade as a coastal merchant vessel as WWI comes to a close.
Still sailing as a merchant vessel in the CC Paul fleet out of Baltimore, Edwin & Maude assists the war effort by reporting the status of the ant-submarine mine field at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay each time she sails by. She also keeps a sharp lookout for German U-Boats as she sails through her second world war.
Edwin & Maude is converted into a "Dude Cruiser" by Herman Knust of Chesapeake Bay Vacation Cruises.
After a half-century sailing the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico from her home waters of Chesapeake Bay, Edwin & Maude begins a new life in Maine. She is renamed Victory Chimes by Capt. Frederick "Boyd" Guild after a Canadian coastal schooner he admired as a boy that had been launched on Armistice Day.
John Glenn is the first man in space, and passenger June Knowles comes aboard Victory Chimesfor her first Maine Windjammer Cruise. Glenn would return once to space, but in 2010 Knowles will be back aboard Victory Chimes for her 70th cruise.
After introducing thousands of vacationers to the unique experience of sailing the Maine Coast aboard a traditional windjammer, Victory Chimes is acquired by Domino's Pizza. She undergoes a much-needed three year restoration in Booth Bay, and is renamded Domino Effect.
Captain Kip Files and Captain Paul DeGaeta, who oversaw her Domino's restoration, purchase the vessel to keep her from leaving the country. They immediately change her name back toVictory Chimes and return her to the Maine Windjammer trade. The Maine legislature welcomes her back with a special resolution.
Victory Chimes is named an American National Historic Landmark under the Maritime Heritage Program of the National Parks Service. She becomes one of only 127 vessels bestowed the designation.
Victory Chimes returns to the Bay where she was launched to celebrate her 100th Anniversary. At South Street Seaport she receives a delegation of Community Mayors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who present her a plaque as "the first Tall Ship to visit New York Harbor in the New Century." She winters as an exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum before returning to Maine. In June, she is listed #148 on "The World's Top 200 Yachts" by Boat International USA magazine.
By vote the people of the State of Maine choose a design that includes Victory Chimes as one of the enduring images represented on their state quarter.
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|May 31st -June 4th||4 day cruise||$575|
|5th - 9th||4 day cruise||$575|
|10th - 14th||4 day cruise||$575|
|15th - 19th*||4 day Father's Day Cruise||$675|
|20th - 24th||4 day cruise||$675|
|25th - 29th||4 day cruise||$675|
|June 30th - July 6th||Great Schooner Race||$975|
|8th - 13th||Lighthouse Parade (5 day)||$900|
|14th - 18th||4 day Maine Story & Humor Cruise||$800|
|19th - 23rd||4 day cruise||$800|
|24th - 28th||4 day Irish Music cruise||$800|
|July 29th - August 4th||Schooner Birthday Cruise||$975|
|6th - 14th||8 day cruise||trip is full|
|16th - 20th||4 day Maine Geology Cruise||$800|
|21st - 25th||4 day cruise||$800|
|26th - 31st||Camden Sail-In 5 day cruise||$900|
|1st - 7th||Labor Day week||$975|
|8th - 13th||Wooden Boat Sail-in 5 day cruise||$875|
|15th - 19th||4 day cruise||$675|
|20th - 24th||4 day cruise||$675|
|25th - 29th||End of Season 4 Day Cruise||$675|
We board the night on the date listed on the schedule between 6 and 8 p.m., and arrive back in Rockland before noon on the last date on the schedule.
*June 15th - 19th: Father's Day aboard the Victory Chimes
Come Celebrate Birthdays or Anniversaries
Victory Chimes Honors Those Who Serve
Ask about our suites with double beds and private heads.*
A deposit of $350 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel.