As we enter a quarter century of ownership, we want to wish each of you - who have joined us and been part of our history with Victory Chimes - a Happy Holiday and prosperous New Year.
As most of us realize, Victory Chimes has a soul and we are all connected with her in our own particular way. We are part of her proud history in the “here and now” as her sails catch an optimistic wind and her bow cuts a wake still leaving a mark upon turbulent waters of Maritime and American history. She has proudly sailed under the American ensign for 115 years now. Victory Chimes is the end of the line - the soul operating survivor - of the once massive fleet of three-masted or larger American schooners that grew this country’s economy during America’s Golden Age of Sail.
In 2014 Victory Chimes, launched in 1900 in the small town of Bethel, Delaware, celebrated her 60th year Down East. The waters of Penobscot Bay are where her legend grew; where she became an iconic image to artists, photographers, and millions of tourists. So much so, that a schooner launched in the Chesapeake Bay, made its way onto the back of the Maine State quarter. She was put there by an adoring Maine public who voted her image sailing by the Pemaquid Light, onto their quarter. Voters realized Victory Chimes represented the last of the large working schooners Maine had launched in the thousands, but were now all gone. They realized she’d been a symbol of Maine for more than a half century. It didn’t deter them that she wasn’t Maine built, they felt she earned the right as a worthy representative of Maine’s maritime history by out lasting the rest.
We continue to sail her like she was sailed in 1900, and we continue sailing Penobscot Bay that provided such a great sailing season in 2014. The weather was beautiful, the breezes mostly fair and the scenery, as always- exquisite.
Even though we’ve guided Victory Chimes through the enchanted islands in and around Penobscot Bay, it still reveals new charms to us constantly. This past season we saw whales, dozens of Bald Eagles, seals and amazing wildlife. We saw meteor showers from a secluded anchorage. The Northern Lights once and an evening where the Milky Way looked so close you could swim in it.
Victory Chimes took Line Honors in the Great Schooner Race (First across the finish line) for the second straight year. A photo with Victory Chimes in it won the Maine Windjammer Association Photo Contest for the second straight year. We had a beautiful wedding aboard, some great theme cruises and some awesome sailing hitting 9-10 knots on several occasions. We are including this summer’s sailing schedule in hopes that you’ll come back and join us in making more memories.
As caretakers you renew us each year with your loyalty and support. You make us feel like we are still in our 30s realizing a proud dream of owning and sailing the last of America’s large schooner still working under sail.
Enjoy your families and friends this Holiday Season. Thanks for your support.
Capt Kip Files and Capt Paul DeGaeta [Video and Stills by Shoot Maine Studios Rockland Maine]
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Bailee looked like she was having a fun time visiting with patients and showing a personal screening of her movie 'Northpole'.
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Currently, Bailee stars as Sophia Quinn in the ABC Family series 'The Fosters'.
Beverly Hills, California - Seventeen year old actress Chloe Grace Moretz looked gorgeous wearing a lovely white dress and chrome high heels as she hits the first annual PEOPLE Magazine Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
At the first annual award show in Beverly Hills Chloe looked really happy as she accepted the Next
Beverly Hills, California - Seventeen year old actress Lia Marie Johnson looked fabulous wearing a lovely chrome romper and heels as she hits the first annual PEOPLE Magazine Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lia Marie Johnson born November 23, 1996 is an American teen actress and internet personality notable for appearing in a various web series created by the Fine Brothers, including the Emmy-winning web series Kids React, and for her own vlogging and social media output. In 2012 her personal YouTube channel, "LiaMarieJohnson", was reported to have received 13 million views. In 2014, this was reported to have increased to 39 million views and 705,000 subscribers, while her Instagram account was followed by 205,000 followers, in an Adweek profile that referred to her as one of "12 of the biggest young stars on YouTube".
Beverly Hills, California - The beautiful eighteen year old actress and youtuber Teala Dunn wore a lovely black top, purple skirt and black heels as she hits the first annual PEOPLE Magazine Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
Teala Dunn born December 8, 1996 is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She has starred in several episodes of Nickelodeon's series 'The Thundermans'.