American Spirit (schooner)

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The American Spirit at dock at Gangplank Marina in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 2010.
Career (US)
Name: American Spirit
Owner: National Maritime Heritage Foundation
Builder: Eldredge Welding Co. (hull no. 14)[1]
Laid down: 1991
Notes: Formerly Freya
General characteristics
Class and type: Schooner
Tons burthen: 21 (gross); 19 (net)[1]
Length: 50 feet (15 m)[1]
Beam: 16.7 feet (5.1 m)[1]
Draft: 5.2 feet (1.6 m)[1]
Propulsion: Sails/inboard engine
Complement: 35 passengers + crew

American Spirit is a 50-foot gaff-rigged, steel-hulled schooner built on Cape Cod in 1991. The ship is owned and operated by the National Maritime Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is used as a "floating classroom" for teaching District of Columbia-area students about sailing and maritime history. American Spirit is also used for excursion cruises and private charters.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Vessel Documentation Search By Name". NOAA Fisheries, Office of Science and Technology. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  2. "The American Spirit". National Maritime Heritage Foundation. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  3. The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race: Official Preview Program. Annapolis: SpinSheet Publishing Company. 2008. p. 12. Retrieved May 7, 2010.