On June 17, the oldest commercial sailing ships, schooners Lewis R. French and the Stephen Tabor mark their respective 140 years under sail in a sail race from Camden to Rockland on June 17.

Visitors can watch up close from the deck of the schooner Olad, which will serve as race committee boat.

“We are the official start of the race,” said Olad Capt. Aaron Lincoln, who also marks a milestone this year with the 25th anniversary of Olad’s daysailing from Camden’s waterfront.

Both carrying overnight passengers, the Lewis R. French sails out of Camden, and the Stephen Tabor’s home port is Rockland. In their early careers the two working schooners transported lumber and coal along the coast. However, now their cargo relives a time gone past on the coast of Maine.

Coincidently, Lincoln, Garth Wells of the Lewis R. French and Noah Barnes of the Stephen Tabor are the youngest captains of the Midcoast schooner fleet, and they all acquired their vessels around the same time, seven years ago.

“We will board at 9:30 a.m. the day of the race, be there for the starting gun and will sail along with the two vessels toward Rockland, returning to Camden around 2 p.m.,” Lincoln said.

For sail-race costs and reservations on the Olad or information, call 236-2323 or visit maineschooners.com.