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Virtual Boat Tour: Schooner Hindu

Aired on Wed, Jun 16 at 9:00am

Hindu was first launched under the name “Princess Pat”, by Hodgdon Brothers in Boothbay, Maine in 1925, for James W. Hall for use as a pleasure yacht. In 1938, William J. Parker bought the schooner and sailed her to India. It was upon first arrival there that William J. Parker rechristened her “Hindu”. During World War II Hindu assisted U.S. Coast Guard Coastal Patrol along the Eastern Seaboard. Following the war, Hindu settled in Provincetown, Mass. in 1946 and remained there for decades, primarily as a charter vessel that eventually helped former captain and owner Justin Avellar pioneer the whale-watching industry on the East Coast in the 1960s. When Josh Rowan and his father Bill bought the Schooner Hindu they knew that they were becoming stewards of a legacy; pursuing this stewardship in the summer of 2020 Josh brought Hindu to Maine. In a purpose built, timber-frame barn Josh and his shipwrights are rebuilding her from stem to stern, using locally sourced lumber and traditional methods. They will give Hindu another 100 years or more.

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