Ship Name

Lettie G. Howard

Type

Schooner

Origins/Provenance

Essex, Massachusetts

Era

Age of Steam and Steel (1866-1920)

Year Launched

1893

Home Waters

New York

Function

Recreation

Length (feet)

125

Beam (feet)

21

Draft (feet)

11

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

fore and aft rigging

Hull

wooden

Crew

7

Historical Note

Built in 1893 at Essex, Mass., the Lettie G. Howard is a type of gaff-rigged fishing schooner once widely used along the Atlantic seaboard. After an active life in the fisheries of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the schooner was sold to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988. Between 1991 and 1993 the museum completely restored her to her original 1893 appearance and fitted her to accommodate trainees on educational cruises. In 1994, the Lettie was certified as a Sailing School Vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Related Images

external image lettieghoward.jpg
New England fishing schooner, built in 1890s
Image ID: 1375

Related People

Schooner,

Related Vessels

Lettie G. Howard,

Related Institutions

South Street Seaport,

Record ID: 194