Lettie G. Howard

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Lettie G. Howard
Lettie G. Howard ship.jpg
Lettie G. Howard sailing in New York Harbor 2010
History
United States
Namesake: Lettie G. Howard Barron
Owner: South Street Seaport Museum
Builder: A.D. Story yard, Essex, MA
Launched: 1893
Acquired: 1968
Refit: 1993
Status: Sea-going museum ship
General characteristics
Type: two-masted gaff schooner
Displacement: 102 short tons (93 t)
Length: 125.4 ft (38.2 m) overall
Beam: 21.1 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 10.6 ft (3.2 m)
Depth of hold: 8.4 ft (2.6 m)
Sail plan: mainsail, main topsail, foresail, staysail, jib; 5,072 square feet (471.2 m2)
Crew: 17 POB for exposed waters, 36 POB for day sails, 20 POB overnight (Captain, Lic Mate crew varies: bosun, engineer, cook deckhand up to 7 paid crew)
Lettie G. Howard (schooner)
Schooner Lettie G. Howard, South Street Seaport Museum, New York (New York County, New York).jpg
Lettie G. Howard in 1989 prior to restoration
Location South Street Seaport, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Area less than one acre
Built 1893 Story Yard Essex, Massachusetts
Architect Arthur D. Story
Architectural style Fredonia schooner
NRHP Reference # 84002779[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 7 September 1984[1]
Designated NHL 11 April 1989[2]

Lettie G. Howard is a wooden Fredonia schooner built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts, USA.[3] This type of craft was commonly used by American offshore fishermen. Lettie G. Howard spent a significant portion of her working life off the Yucatan Peninsula coast. In 1968, she was sold to the South Street Seaport Museum and refinished, she was restored in 1991 and is currently certified by the US Coast Guard as a Sailing School Vessel training and working museum ship.

She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[2][4][5]

Based in New York, she currently sails along the Northeast seaboard, she underwent extensive shipyard repairs in Portland, Maine in the second half of 2013.[6]

In 2014, the schooner received two awards relating to her programming and historic restoration efforts; the Tall Ships America 2014 Sail Training Vessel of the Year Award,[7] and the New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.[8]

In 2015, the vessel and crew took third place in the Gloucester Schooner Festival's Esperanto Cup.[9]

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