Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

Gloucester

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Scenic sail aboard 90-foot schooner named after its owner's heroic grandfather

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Promotional value expires Oct 8, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Reservation required; 24hr cancellation notice required. Must arrive at Schooner Sails Shed 30 minutes prior to departure; reservations are held until 10 minutes prior to scheduled sail time. Subject to weather. Trip may be cancelled at Captain's discretion. Not valid for feature trips. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$22 for a Two-Hour Sailing Trip (Up to $40 Value)

During the two-hour sail, passengers board the 90-foot Thomas E. Lannon schooner and float past scenic sites of Gloucester's harbor. See the trip FAQ.

Thomas E. Lannon's rates fluctuate depending on passenger's age: adults ($40), seniors 65 and older ($35), and kids younger than 17 ($27.50).

Thomas E. Lannon

While the 90-foot long Thomas E. Lannon schooner boasts many impressive characteristics—including a 64.5-foot deck, a spacious 18-foot beam, 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 overhead 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, beaches, and waterfront homes sold by Poseidon himself.

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, founder 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.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful experience! I would recommend anyone to enjoy this great crew and spend a few hours on a magnificent schooner all season long! Look forward to joining them again next year! Ali B
Alison B. · October 10, 2012
Wonderful sail, knowledgeable and personable crew,
Gal S. · September 26, 2012
Great crew on a beautiful boat! Would do it again in a heartbeat!!!
Bethany M. · September 23, 2012

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