America lost one of the most famous sailing ships: on Sunday, March 29, the 98-foot three-masted schooner Pilgrim went under water.
This schooner, built in Denmark in 1945, was an exact replica of the trading brig of the same name (built in 1825), which became famous due to the fact that the story of the classic writer Richard Two Years Before the Mast was unfolding on board Henry Dana Jr.
For nearly forty years, the “new” Pilgrim has faithfully served the non-profit Ocean Institute located in the California city of Dana Point. The schooner participated in study tours; seminars and lectures were held at her. As Wendy Marshall, director of the Maritime Institute, emphasized yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people in love with the sea have been aboard Pilgrim for four decades.
Time passed, the ship became old, he needed a major overhaul, and the institute announced that they were starting to raise funds. But it was still not possible to collect enough money, and yesterday Pilgrim, who spent the last months at the dock, suddenly tilted to the starboard side, and …
As the American press emphasizes today, now the schooner, alas, cannot be repaired.
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