Article from MAINE WINDJAMMER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ()
September 21, 2017
Hat’s Off to Captain Jim Sharp

credit: Rick Lewis

 

Set against the backdrop of America’s largest fleet of historic schooners, Captains Barry King and Dennis Gallant of the Maine Windjammer Association presented the Lifetime Appreciation Award to Captain Jim Sharp on September 1st during the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Captain Jim has been part of the schooner world since the 1950s and he was one of the early members of the MWA during the time he owned the Stephen Taber and Adventure.

 

credit: Rick Lewis
During the Camden Windjammer Festival over Labor Day Weekend, Captain Jim Sharp was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Appreciation Award. From left to right: Captain Dennis Gallant, Meg Sharp, Captain Jim Sharp, Captain Barry King.

 

After a lifetime of rebuilding more than 30 vessels and showcasing the coast of Maine as a schooner captain, Capt. Sharp enjoyed a 20-year retirement that allowed him to focus on writing, cruising and donating his beloved Schooner Adventure to the city of Gloucester. In 2009, Jim and his wife Meg Sharp came out of retirement to renovate the old Snow Shipyard property in Rockland to create the Sail, Power & Steam Museum and Children’s Museum.

The Maine Windjammer Association is North America's largest fleet of historic schooners. In 2015, the members embraced the idea of creating an MWA “Hall of Fame” as a way to express their gratitude to the special people who have gone the extra mile to help the Maine windjammer fleet. Previous recipients of the Award include Gene McKeever of Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden and Wayne Hamilton of Hamilton Marine.

Hat’s off to Capt. Jim!


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