The Highlander Sea is a 154 foot long gaff-rigged topsail schooner, designed by Starling Burgess and built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1924.

The ship was originally named Pilot, and for 47 years carried ship's pilots to assist the larger ships coming in and out of Boston Harbor.

After several years with different owners and other jobs she is now the Highlander Sea and owned by Acheson Ventures LLC.

The ship is available for public tours, educational programs and special events [see http://www.achesonventures.com; image on the right is from their web site].

Information on the Highlander Sea (and many other traditional sailing ships) can be obtained from the Sail Tall Ships directory, which is published annually by ASTA (American Sail Training Association). From the 2003 directory we find these data on the Highlander Sea:

  • Sparred length: 154 feet
  • LWL: 100 feet
  • Draft: 14 feet
  • Beam: 25.5 feet
  • Rig height: 131 feet
  • Sail area: 9,728 sq feet
  • Draft: 140 GRT
  • Power: Twin Detroit diesel 8V-92, 350 HP each

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