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Yankee was built in 1946 in Great Kills, New York as a charter fishing vessel. She is one of only 2 surviving vessels left built at the Petersen Shipyard. She worked the New York area until 1964 when she was purchased by Nick Sewall of Phippsburg, Maine to use for fishing at his campground. Melissa Thompson is the 3rd owner of Yankee, purchasing her in 2014. Our vessel is captained by Melissa Thompson, a 20 year veteran captain with extensive experience operating tugboats and passenger vessels on the eastern seaboard.
Yankee is 46' long and powered by a Gray Marine Detroit Diesel engine. She is still operating with her original reverse gear which was made for landing crafts during WWII. It is a mechanical gear. Yankee drafts 5' and is 13.5' wide. She is certified by the USCG to carry 32 passenger plus 2 crew. We carry all necessary life preservers for adults and children, fire extinguishers, life float, and EPIRB. Yankee has a main deck restroom and space for gear, coolers and food. No power is available.
Warm sweater or jackets are always recommended on the water in Maine as the weather can change quickly. The vessel has no covered seating so it is possible to be caught in a quick shower but we cancel trips for known inclement weather. Also binoculars, camera, any food or drinks are welcome. Well mannered dogs on a leash are allowed. We also welcome children of any age.
Enjoy a cruise to Castine at lunch time, relaxing along the 1 hour crossing, watching for wildlife and viewing Dice's Head Lighthouse. Spend two hours ashore in Castine, have lunch, take a walking tour of town or enjoy an ice cream. $40 Adults (17+) $20 Children (4-16), 3 and under are free
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about lobstering in Maine while we haul our recreational lobster traps by hand the old fashioned way. Watch for eagles, ospreys or harbor seals along the way. $30 Adults (17+) $15 for Children(4-16), 3 and under are free
Take a relaxing sightseeing cruise with us while we meander out of Stockton Harbor and head upriver to view Fort Point Lighthouse from the water. If the tide is right, we may also see the seals on Fort Point Ledge. We pass by a Bald Eagle's nest and an Osprey nest on the way and often see the seals or porpoises playing in the water. $30 Adults (17+) $15 Children (4-16), 3 and under are free