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Sailing out of Rockland, Maine since 1971

1886 J. W. Vannaman & Brother Shipyard | Mauricetown, New Jersey

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Click here for original article in Pen-Bay Pilot

2018 Heritage Preservation Award

The Heritage Preservation Award lauds the preservation and/or enhancement of the history, maritime heritage, and/or quality of place in Maine's MidCoast community.

The 2018 awards were presented at the Chamber’s annual gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the nearby Samoset Resort. 

The Chamber recognized the restoration of two legendary local schooners: The Boyd N Sheppard and the Ladona.  Katie and Adam McKinley purchased the former Isaac H. Evans last year, conducting significant renovations while returning her to her original name – the Boyd N. Sheppard, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. 

Enjoy the accompanying video that tells the story of the two honorees for the 2018 Heritage Preservation Award.


These are enjoyable tales of the passion behind the preservation and resurrection of these fine historic vessels. 

Rockland schooner gets new life

under new owners, new name

Click here for full, original article in Portland Press Herald

Adam and Katie McKinlay purchased the 99-foot Isaac H. Evans last fall and plan to offer windjammer trips under the vessel's original name – the Boyd N. Sheppard.

ROCKLAND — Adam and Katie McKinlay are taking the helm of one of Rockland’s historic schooners, becoming the next generation to sail passengers around Penobscot Bay and beyond.

The McKinlays purchased the 99-foot Isaac H. Evans in November 2017 from Capt. Brenda Thomas. She had owned and captained the Evans since purchasing it from Capt. Ed Glaser in 1999.

The McKinlays renamed the vessel the schooner Boyd N. Sheppard, which was the 1886-built vessel’s original name.

“We didn’t think we would get into this industry,” Adam McKinlay said, citing the high cost of purchasing and maintaining a large wooden boat.

But the couple have had saltwater in their blood for decades. Adam McKinlay first had contact with schooners when he sailed as a passenger on the Heritage in 1995. He began working on the Heritage in 1997 and has worked in all jobs aboard the schooner, except captain, in the ensuing 20-plus years.

Katie McKinlay will captain the Boyd N. Sheppard.

Schooner Boyd N Sheppard, out and about in fine order after being saved, rebuilt and restored. Seen here in Penobscot Bay, off the coast of Maine, on a daysail cruise.