All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, December 19, 2005

Historic Schooner For Sale

The schooner depicted on Maine's commemorative quarter is for sale, and the owners are looking for a local buyer.
The 105-year-old Victory Chimes, the last schooner of its type, is up for sale for $1.5 million. So far, most interest has come from outside the United States, said Kip Files, the skipper and co-owner.

Files, 54, said the time has come to think of his future and the ship's future. He and Paul DeGaeta bought the boat from Domino's Pizza in 1990 and have kept it sailing as part of the Maine windjammer fleet in Rockland.

"She's worth saving, she's such a wonderful vessel," Files said. "Hopefully someone will come along with as much passion about saving U.S. maritime history as Paul and I have." [Link]
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