Rebuilt Friendship sloop to be launched July 7

Jul 02, 2018
Courtesy of: Sail, Power and Steam Museum The rebuilt Friendship sloop Blackjack will be launched July 7 in Rockland.

Rockland — The rebuilt Friendship sloop Blackjack will be launched at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, July 7 at about noon. This 118-year-old boat has been restored by a team of professionals and volunteers. Friendship sloops were Maine’s first lobster boats and are symbolic of Maine’s fishery. Blackjack was originally built by Wilbur Morse in Friendship.

Blackjack will be hauled by a team of oxen from the museum to the launching ramp at the Snow Marine Park in Rockland. They will be encouraged in their task and onlookers will be entertained by 12 Belfast Fiddlers. In addition, there will be bagpipes and a toast for the ceremony. All are welcome to celebrate the restoration of this boat and Maine’s boatbuilding and fishing heritage.

For more information, call 701-7627 or email

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