ROCKLAND — Plan now to join this Sunday Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at Middle Pier in Rockland for a two-hour cruise on the ketch A Morning in Maine to benefit the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland.

This year, Morning in Maine is celebrating its 24th year sailing in the windjammer fleet as the premier day sailing experience in the city of Rockland. Morning in Maine is a coastal ketch designed and built by the noted Pete Culler, a renowned designer of vessels from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Her overall length is 55 ft with a 12-ft beam, 17 tons dead-weight, and an easily handled Marconi rig. She was built to be a traditional sailing vessel with modern conveniences and electronics. Built of the finest oak frames and Atlantic cedar planks, she has been meticulously maintained.

She was launched in South Dartmouth, Mass., in 1970 at the Concordia Yacht Co. as the Swan V. She was later donated to the Maine Maritime Academy, where she was found by her previous owner, captain Bob Pratt. Captain Pratt served the passengers of Rockland for 23 years aboard Morning in Maine before making the decision to keep her rich history alive by donating her to the Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland.

Captain Tyler Waterson grew up sailing the coast of Maine from the age of seven. He first got his Captain’s License at the age of 17 while teaching youth sailing programs. He studied Marine Biology and Environmental Studies before working as a naturalist on-board whale-watching trips and later running eco-tours on the 78-foot gaff-rigged schooner Freda B in San Francisco Bay, where he worked his way through the ranks to earn his master’s license. In his travels, Tyler has sailed from Los Angeles to Seattle and from Florida to Maine.

Tyler has also worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and Hawai’i, guided kayak tours on the remote Na Pali Coast of Kaua’i and even worked below the water’s surface as a snorkel guide. Before returning home to New England in 2020 to be closer to family, Tyler and his fiancée Tiffany ran the bed and breakfast in the historic East Brother Light Station on San Francisco Bay.

Tyler is proud to be a Rockland resident and to get the opportunity to work with the Sail, Power and Steam Museum running A Morning in Maine Sailing Charters.

For tickets, email CaptainTyler@amorninginmaine.com, or call 691-7245