You may have sailed on a sailboat before. You may even have sped across the water in a speedboat. But have you ever sailed on a schooner? Probably not. Lucky for you, today's your chance. For $20, you get a two-hour sail aboard the Thomas E. Lannon, a schooner that makes its home on Rogers St. in Gloucester, just 30 miles northeast of Boston. It's a slight trek up there, but at this price, it's well worth the trip.
So what is a schooner? A schooner looks like one of those miniature ships that are trapped in bottles; they have two or more masts and a ton of sails. The Thomas E. Lannon is a 90-foot vessel, crafted with incredible intricacy and manned and owned by a nice-looking family. The Lannon can carry up to 49 people on each of its four daily sails around Gloucester, the oldest working seaport in America. On your two-hour trip, you can relax and enjoy the view, or you and your guests can help raise the sails. Take a virtual tour of the ship to see what you're in for.
The Lannon sails until mid-October this year (when this Groupon expires), so don't miss out; it's the perfect way to spend a wonderful afternoon out on the water on a one-of-a-kind ship with the whole family or that special someone.
There isn't a lot out there about the Thomas E. Lannon, but what is there is all glowing. Reviewers on Yahoo!Travel give the Lannon experience five stars. Here's what people are saying:
- "I loved everything about my sail on this beautiful schooner. I would recommend it highly to anyone who loves the sea. The owner and his sons were very professional and friendly and gracious." – Rick Pawlenty
- "Can't remember having a better day. It was filled with wonder and laughter and the wind and full sails were breathtaking. Took the tiller and didn't hit anything, a first for me." – Anonymous contributor
- "Absoultely [sic] a great schooner, went sailing last June and will be back this year to join in on the Schooner races. Tom and Kay were fantastic, and we really had a wonderful time. Thumbs up to the Lannon and her crew!" – tuttimorton
Ad Copy for Extreme-Sports Magazines
Groupon is trying to reach out to the extreme-sports audience, so we translated this write-up into extreme language to be published in all those extreme sports magazines:
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Thomas E. Lannon
While the Thomas E. Lannon schooner boasts many impressive characteristics—including a 65-foot deck and a resemblance to a 1903 sword-fishing schooner—none of them rivals the story of how the vessel got its name.
Before the ship was built in 1997, owner Tom Ellis was visiting his relatives in Newfoundland when he overheard them reciting stories of his grandfather Thomas Lannon, who had fished the Gloucester coastline for more than 40 years. On one particularly stormy day in 1908, Lannon and five other men set out into the waters off Nauset aboard two dories and rescued the crew of the capsized schooner Eric amid 70-mph winds. Each of the rescuers received the eternal admiration of the rescued men and a medal from the Massachusetts Humane Society, which Ellis possesses to this day.
More than a century later, the crew of the Thomas E. Lannon keeps its namesake's love of the sea alive by chartering an array of sailing voyages that have attracted more than 100,000 passengers to date. After helping raise the sails at the voyage’s start, passengers capture vivid views of Gloucester harbor's lighthouses, castles, and beaches.
63 Rogers St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930Get Directions