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Apprenticeshop launches Mackinaw ketch

Tuesday, July 24th 2018

Apprenticeshop launches Mackinaw ketch

A signal flags fluttered from her forestay and a crowd of onlookers cheered and shared boat stories, students at the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine, launched a 26’ gaff-rigged ketch July 20, 2018, that they had spent two years building. Named "Mishi Mikinaak," the ketch is based on a Mackinaw design from the Great Lakes, where the boats were used for fishing and hauling cargo.

Apprentices, who have been working on the boat for two years, made just about everything on it, from the wooden hull, to the hardware and rig. The boat will be used by the Apprenticeshop as an expedition, sail training, and seamanship vessel.

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