Shenandoah Gets Ready for Her Closeup

In a new documentary that began filming in December, director Catherine Stewart and her crew of four will follow Shenandoah’s 61st sailing season, the boat's restoration process and the lives of her captains and sailors past and present.

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Helping Kids Chart a Course in Resilience

Stepping onto the tall ship Shenandoah is stepping into another world. Stairs become ladders, a hand pump replaces faucets and tables sway to stay level as the boat tilts.

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Vineyard Bookshelf: My Shenandoah

Douglas Cabral, at the beginning of his new book My Shenandoah, freely admits that he is not an unbiased biographer of Vineyard sailing captain Robert Douglas.

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Winds of Freedom Steer Shenandoah to Edgartown Harbor

On Sunday, the last of Shenandoah’s crew arrived for the summer.

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At 90, Capt. Robert Douglas Sets New Course for the Future

Sailors of all ages gathered at Arrowhead Farm in West Tisbury Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Capt. Robert S. Douglas, the legendary captain of the schooner Shenandoah.

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Creative Living Award Goes to Capt. Bob Douglas

The legendary former owner of the topsail schooner Shenandoah will receive the prestigious Creative Living Award for 2020-2021, the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation announced Wednesday.

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Shenandoah Captain Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Last Thursday night, Capt. Bob Douglas was honored by Tall Ships America, the largest tall ship education programmer in the world, for his “lifetime of achievement under sail.”

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Schooner Shenandoah Set to Sail Under New Captains

Fifty-six years after sailing into the Vineyard Haven harbor for the first time, Shenandoah ­— the one-of-a-kind, square-rigged topsail schooner ­­— is going to have new owners. Capt Robert Douglas will donate the vessel.

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Waterfront in Tisbury Bustles with Business Life
Mark Alan Lovewell

On the Vineyard Haven waterfront you can see, smell and hear the bustle of activity. The town's boatyards are all party to boat building and launching. Anyone who walks the shores of the town will discover a wide variety of vessels undergoing extensive work. It was a busy winter and there is evidence everywhere.

Maciel Marine, Martha's Vineyard Shipyard and Gannon and Benjamin boatyards are witness to a resurgence in interest in Island built and restored vessels.

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Shenandoah Launched
Marianna Winslow
There was a feeling of excitement and expectation in the air as one arrived at the shipyard of Harvey F. Gamage in South Bristol, Me., Saturday morning.
Arriving at the same time were MacPherson’s Pipers, a seventeen-piece bagpipe band handsomely attired in full dress kilt regimentals of colorful tartan, their immaculate gaiters gleaming white in the water sun.
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