About Sail Portland
From a young age, Captain Ian was always interested in the water. His passion stems from a long line of sailors in the family and to which Captain Ian has created his own path in the maritime world. At the behest of his father at 19 years old, Ian left Florida and went to crew on a schooner in Camden, Maine. After three days of sailing with guests around Penobscot Bay, he was hooked and as they say, the rest is history.
Captain Ian has experience crewing and captaining many different types of vessels, from private sailing yachts to commercial supply boats and his favorite, the traditionally rigged gaff schooner. His journey has seen him cooking on-board yachts for royal families, crossing all of the world’s major oceans, and even guiding on rivers for salmon in Alaska, where he developed a passion for providing a more intimate experience on any type of excursion. He will be glad to share his personal history, as well as the history of Portland, and the maritime world with you as you sail along.
The Eleanor Hawkes is based on the Friendship sloop, also known as a Muscongus Bay sloop or lobster sloop which is a style of gaff-rigged sloop that originated in Friendship, Maine around 1880. Fishermen in Friendship and neighboring Bremen collectively originated the design, one influenced by the fishing sailboats of Gloucester, Massachusetts, particularly the schooner Fredonia of 1889. Although familiar as a pleasure craft today, the Friendship sloop was the traditional fishing boat used off the coast of Maine, especially for lobstering, until the introduction of the gasoline engine early in the 20th century. Friendship-area boat builder Wilbur A. Morse produced many examples from the 1880s to the 1910s.