Photos published with permission of Portland Schooner Company
Bagheera is 72 feet long overall and built entirely of wood (long-leaf yellow pine planks over double-sawn oak frames) and trimmed inside in mahogany and pine and fastened with bronze and galvanized steel. The deck and cockpit are also trimmed in the finest mahogany to world-class standards. She carries a staysail schooner rig and flies five sails in all, a mainsail, main staysail, fore staysail, jib, and fisherman. Bagheera is equipped with an 82-hp Westerbeke diesel engine. The engine room also includes a diesel generator for charging batteries and providing 110-volt AC power. Belowdecks, the vessel features an aft stateroom, a spacious main cabin with a central table and wrap-around settees, and a functional galley, equipped with a sink, stove, and icebox. A two-hour sail on Casco Bay is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Maine coast: lighthouses, seals, seabirds, and the rugged coastline. Bagheera's courteous and professional crew share their knowledge of the sea and ships. Join the crew to hoist the sails, take a trick at the ship's wheel, or lie back and enjoy the scenery. Bagheera's elegant interior is decorated just as she was when the boat was launched in 1924: trimmed in mahogany and illuminated by brass oil lamps and natural light. Pack a meal or bring your favorite wine or beer. Bagheera is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 48 passengers. All ages are welcome! Whether you're nine years old or ninety-nine, sailing aboard Bagheera is a unique adventure. Bagheera sails from May to October from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s Old Port. Bagheera was designed by one of America's most celebrated yacht designers, John G. Alden of Boston, Mass. Bagheera is vintage Alden, featuring long overhangs, a sweet and graceful sheerline, and a long bowsprit. For construction, Alden turned to the rich ship-building heritage of Maine and found able craftsmen at Rice Bros. Shipyard in East Boothbay. In the 1920s Bagheera sailed in the Bermuda Race at least once before being delivered to the Great Lakes, where she won the annual Chicago-Mackinac Race for several years running. In her more than 75 years of cruising the world's oceans, Bagheera has crossed the Atlantic, cruised areas of the Pacific, including the Galapagos, and spent many years in the Caribbean Sea. In the 1980s Bagheera was fitted out in San Diego for the passenger trade. She was transported back home to Maine in the spring of 2002 to serve Portland Schooner Company.
Supported Layouts and Capacities
Capacity: 48 People
- Access to Running Water
- Open Deck Area
- Rest Room Facilities
- Special Features: The vessel features an aft stateroom, a spacious main cabin with a central table and wrap-around settees, and a functional galley, equipped with a sink, stove, and icebox.