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Private events on Martha’s Vineyard’s historic tallship. Reserve your date…make a great memory.

Available for Weddings, Birthday Parties, Ceremonies, Corporate Events, Bachelorette Parties, Family Gatherings on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s forecast for the coldest temperatures of the season….meanwhile, we are busy processing private charters for 2023. Make your Martha’s Vineyard trip a fantastic memory….sail aboard our real tallship. Catering available! We carry up to (49) guests. We are happy…

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February 3, 2023

Happy Holidays to All !!!! Looking ahead to great sailing in 2023

  Schooner Alabama secured to her mooring in her homeport of Vineyard Haven. The Black Dog Tallships Schooner Alabama wishes everyone a great new year. We are looking forward to many great sailing experiences in 2023. Our homeport of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard offers great sailing weather in season….we hope to meet many new…

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January 4, 2023

Martha’s Vineyard’s Tallship – Alabama Season Review…

The Schooner Alabama had a lovely 2022 sailing season on Martha’s Vineyard. As Martha’s Vineyard’s historic tallship, Alabama hosted hundreds of guests including many happy families on their summer vacations. The sailing weather was mostly delightful with consistent breezes and minimal fog or stormy conditions. The Alabama hosted many private charters including family gatherings, wedding…

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November 8, 2022

Update 3/15/22

Alabama is undergoing maintenance items including: New topside plank, 671Detroit maintenance and adding new marine toilets. Of course she is getting new antifouling bottom paint to help protect her nearly 100 year old hull. She is currently located in Fairhaven, MA. at the Fairhaven Shipyard South Terminal. She weathered the winter on “the hard” and…

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March 15, 2022

Shenandoah 2020 Update

We tried and fought as long as we could but today we are announcing the cancellation of the SHENANDOAH’s 2020 season.  Since the middle of March we have tried to gather information on the virus, piece together various possible schedules that would allow her to operate safely and responsibly, honor our commitments to customers, and keep her hopes of a 57th season alive.  But as the cancellations from understandably unsure customers and groups continued, combined with unclear advance guidelines as to how life onboard would take shape, a sailing season is no longer an option… By nature SHENANDOAH requires her captain to be a conservative operator.  A 152’ ship without power or radar don’t allow him to set sail with a variable wind forecast and restricted visibility.  He must have a plan, the conditions to carry it out, and then three back-up plans for when…

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June 8, 2020