The Schooner MARTHA – Making Something Beautiful Happen

Built in San Francisco in 1907-1908, the 68′ B.B. Crowninshield schooner MARTHA remains a graceful and powerful presence on the West Coast. The Schooner Martha Foundation now has her sailing out of Port Townsend, Washington as a sail training vessel for kids and adults. She still has the power to astound us with her speed and with her good looks.

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    Scott barnaby says:

    Gorgeous vessel….fab history….great crew.

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    Dave Dickmeyer says:

    I’ve always loved this boat from the first time I saw her. The colors are beautiful and as I’m now in the finishing process with my little dinghy, I’m trying to mimic those colors on my boat. And soon mine will be a joy to behold also! Thank you Martha for the inspiration and thank you OCH for these videos as I couldn’t make the boat festival this year!

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    Stephen Horsley says:

    What a beauty to behold. I think a schooner has stolen my heart.

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    Dave Dickmeyer says:

    My favorite boat to see when I’m visiting Port Townsend! Thanks for taping this.

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    David Rawls says:

    Thanks be, for foundations of the sea! Without? None such would be!

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    stanley kelly says:

    stunning boat. does she stll sail in 2017.

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    Stephen Brennan says:

    What a beauty! Glad to see all of the young crew learning ropes! Wish they were also being educated about the benefits of PFD’s. Not a one to be seen on any of the crew during this video. This should be part of any basic seamanship class in addition to the boat handling skills. Otherwise a wonderful video.

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    William Wakeman says:

    It’s great to see Martha in such pristine condition and giving sailing experience to another generation of youngsters. When I was their age in the late 1940s on Balboa Island, our neighbor, Ed Pauly owned her . Each summer for two or three years he would take all the neighborhood kids out for a day of sailing. This film brings back wonderful memories

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      Steve Stone says:

      Wow, this must have brought back some serious memories. Very cool.

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    Mikhail Protasov says:

    This amazing Martha’s video makes a wonderful therapy for my soul. Thanks a lot!

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    John Simlett says:

    An excellent and inspiring video. Many thanks


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    Arthur Winer says:

    An inspiring and beautifully made video about a wonderful sailing vessel and it’s training of the next generation of sailors. One of your best of many great videos from the Pacific Northwest. Nice to see the footage of my home sailing grounds around Orcas Island. Thank you,

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    George Weinbrenner says:

    A wonderful way for the kids to experience sailing. So beautiful and wholesome! Kudos to the Captain and crew for the manner in which they present this experience.

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    Craig Johnsen says:

    MARTHA’s program, guided by Capt. Robert D’Arcy and crew has allowed a large number of people to enjoy a truly special yacht. The support of the PT community has been wonderful and all of this has kept the old girl sailing into her 2nd century. If you get the opportunity to see her at the Festival or, better, to sail aboard her, don’t miss the opportunity.
    Also, do check out the short video made by one of her crew about MARTHA’s Transpac race.

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    William McCaffrey says:

    What a beautiful boat! I hope she makes 200 years on the open waters.

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    Larry Cheek says:

    So happy to see this video, OCH. If there’s a more beautiful human-made object than MARTHA in existence anywhere on earth, I haven’t seen it.

    I’m booked for the five-day adult open sail training cruise July 12-16. According to MARTHA’S website there are still four more slots available.

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    Steven Wallace says:

    True art on the water,just love this video.

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    Raymond Morgan says:

    What an incredible opportunity for the young people of Port Townsend to grow up with such a treasure in their own back yard. Thank you OCH once again for sharing. Great restoration, thank you,


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