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S/V Red Sea

Wooden Two-Masted Gaff-Rigged Topsail Schooner

Red Sea is an authentic replica of an 1830s working schooner, designed by one of America’s most famous naval architects, John G. Alden. She is U.S. Coast Guard certificated to accommodate 49 daily passengers (plus four crew) up to 3 miles offshore. Formerly known as Red Witch, she was built by master shipwright Nathaniel Zirlott in Bayou La Batre, Alabama in 1986. Her original owner was Dr. Raymond Ashley, the current Executive Director of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Dr. Ashley sailed her from Alabama, through the Gulf of Mexico and Panama Canal to San Diego before embarking to Maui and returning to San Diego. She was then sold and trucked to the Great Lakes. The previous owner, Captain Andrew R. Sadock, operated Red Sea in Chicago from 2011 to 2020 and safely carried more than 32,000 passengers.


Red Sea is 77 feet overall (including bowsprit). Her waterline is 50 feet. Her beam is 16 feet 6 inches. She draws 6 feet 6 inches of water. She weighs 82,000 lbs. and carries approximately 35 percent ballast in the forms of internal and external lead. Red Sea has sailed at 7 knots (in heavy wind) and motored at 8.4 knots (at 2,000 rpm). She comfortably accommodates 49 passengers on deck (excluding 3 crew). She is constructed of cypress, except the masts and booms, which are of Douglas fir.

Old world elegance, Red Sea is the perfect tall ship for you to relive the spectacular history of New York City’s waterways.



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