Parade of Sail showcases schooners

MOUNT DESERT –Schooners from the Maine Windjammer fleet and dozens of other sail and power boats gathered in Somes Sound Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the Parade of Sail, which was part of the Acadia National Park Centennial Celebration.

Thirty boats from the Corinthian Yacht Club led the parade with some boats coming as far as the Chesapeake Bay.

The schooners Heritage, American Eagle, Isaac H. Evans, and the ketch Angelique from the Camden and Rockland areas also participated in the parade.

Hundreds of spectators watched the parade from boats and aerial vantage points around the Sound including Sargent Drive and Flying Mountain.

Halfway through the parade, the 79-foot American Eagle ran aground just off Sand Point on the eastern side of the Sound. Twenty-five passengers were taken off the craft, but no injuries were reported. Several hours later, American Eagle became afloat again around high tide.

Click here for a photo gallery of the parade.

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