The Highlander sails into its 9th decade
8/11/2014 | Words: Mike Principato | Pictures: Micah Allnutt
2-Cycle engines, Series 92
The Highlander Sea, a perfectly preserved classic schooner, was built in 1924 and used as a Boston Harbor pilotship for 47 years. The main mast is 125 feet from the waterline and the ship weighs over 140 gross tons. Her total sail area is close to 9,800 sq. ft.
The ship’s auxiliary engines are a pair of 2-Cycle 8V92 engines rated at 350 horsepower each that Captain Micah Allnutt estimates are about 18 years old. “They’ve been rebuilt a couple of times, but they’re very strong engines,” said Allnutt. “And they’re quite fuel efficient.” He figures they only consume 15 gallons of fuel an hour combined, and help the ship cruise at a speed of 10 knots.
Today the Highlander Sea serves as a goodwill ambassador for the city of Port Huron, Michigan. This role keeps her and her crew busy for a large part of the year. She travels the Great Lakes and the Eastern Seaboard promoting Port Huron tourism. In the summer, she makes day sails into Lake Huron where visitors get hands-on experience sailing alongside the crew.
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