Editor’s Note: HR Tech on the Maine Schooner ‘Heritage’

Schooner Heritage

The HCM Technology Report will not be updated during the week of September 9, 2019, while our editorial staff sails aboard the Maine windjammer HERITAGE in order to learn more about the HR technology used by the captains and crews of Penobscot Bay schooners.

Actually, that’s not entirely true. We’re sailing aboard HERITAGE to unplug, eat lobster and participate in the WoodenBoat Sail-In at the WoodenBoat School in the village of Brooklin. If Associate Editor Lynne Goldman has her way, Editor Mark Feffer won’t buy the construction plans for the catboat he’s had his eye on for 10 years.

No, Mark’s never built a boat before. But he’d never started a web site about HCM technology before, either. Lynne, fresh off winning three ribbons for her knitting at the Middletown Grange Fair in Bucks County, Pa., plans to knit some more.

No Pirate Ship This

Associate Editor Goldman aboard HERITAGE.

Launched in 1983, HERITAGE was built to extend the traditional line of Maine schooners that sailed the state’s coast over 100 years ago. She’s commanded by Captains Doug and Linda Lee, making her the only windjammer owned and captained by her designers and builders. On deck, she’s 95 feet long with a beam of 24 feet. As the captains say, “She is not a replica, but rather the next generation of coasting schooner designed specifically with your comfort and safety in mind.” It’s all true.

The Captains Lee are noted experts not only on windjammers, but on Maine schooners and traditional wooden ship-building. They were consulted by the United State Navy for the most recent restoration of the U.S.S. CONSTITUTION and have collaborated on works for the Mystic Seaport Museum. Capt. Doug co-authored, with Ralph Linwood Snow, the definitive history of the Percy & Small Shipyard, A Shipyard in Maine. Capt. Linda was the first woman in the Maine Windjammer Fleet to earn her master’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard. (For the record, Capt. Doug has his license, too.)

Editor Feffer with Captains Douglas
and Linda Lee

When we return, we’ll transition to more modern forms of transportation in order to cover SAP SuccessConnect in Las Vegas and LinkedIn Talent Connect in Dallas. Until then, fair winds.

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