“We wanted to do something special to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the launching of our windjammer Heritage,” explains Captain Linda Lee.
When she and her husband and co-captain Doug Lee hit upon the idea of offering a 10% discount on cruises this summer to members of three Maine history museums, they knew it was the perfect thing to do.
“We applaud people who support Maine museums that are committed to preserving our heritage,” says Captain Doug Lee. “These institutions are so important to our understanding of our past.”
This summer, the Lees are offering all members of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head a 10% discount off the published trip price for all cruises on the Heritage. In addition, when members book cruises departing on June 4, 9, or 16, the Heritage will also donate 5% of the cost of the fare to the respective museum. There is no limit on group size. Museum members can book directly with the Heritage’s dockside office (1-800-648-4544 or 207-594-8007).
Choosing the museums to include in their special offer was easy. The Lees are longtime members of all three museums, and the Schooner Heritage is a business supporter of all three institutions. Doug and Linda have also worked on maritime history projects in conjunction with the Maine Maritime Museum, and the Heritage is that museum’s sailing sponsor for 2013. The Owls Head Transportation Museum, with its focus on transportation by air and land rather than by sea, might at first seem an odd choice for the captains of one of Maine’s famous windjammers. But it turns out that the Lees are also enthusiastic collectors of neoclassic cars. When they aren’t at the helm of the Heritage, they can often be found enjoying their rare 1978 Excalibur Series III Phaeton.
When asked about the Heritage’s offer to her museum’s members, Tammy Maseychik, Development Director at Owls Head Transportation Museum, quickly declared, “I think this is a great idea for all concerned.”
Kathy Goldner, who is in charge of Development and Marketing for the Penobscot Marine Museum, concurs, saying “It’s wonderful. We’re very excited about this.”
Randall Wade Thomas, Assistant Director of Development in charge of Membership and Business Partnerships at the Maine Maritime Museum says, “This type of co-marketing collaboration is exactly the focus of MMM’s Business Partner Program—connecting our members with our business partners. Our volunteers, members, and supporters like to support businesses that also support the Museum.”
The 165-ton, 95-foot-long Heritage is the only Maine windjammer designed and built by her captain/owners. The Lees completed this impressive project in 1983 at their historic North End Shipyard, where several of the windjammers are berthed. With a deep knowledge of maritime history and traditional vessel construction, they based their ship’s lines on the schooners that navigated the waters along the Maine coast a century ago. But Captain Doug Lee says, “The Heritage isn’t a replica. She is instead the next generation of coasting schooner, designed specifically with the comfort and safety of our passengers in mind.”
The Heritage embarks on her 30th year on June 4, and all-inclusive rates begin at $665 for a three-day cruise. The schedule also includes 4-, 5-, and 6-day cruises. Various cruises will highlight such special interests as maritime history, coastal history, Maine’s lighthouses, traditional music, and celestial events. For more information: visit www.schoonerheritage.com, call Shary at 207-594-8007 or 800-648-4544, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.