ADVENTURE SAILING CRUISES -- PARADISE
CONNECTIONS YACHT CHARTERS & SAILING VACATIONS
SAIL AS A CREWMEMBER
- Repositioning cruise from New York City, NY to Gloucester, MA (April 25-30, 2011)
REPOSITIONING CRUISE Sail as a Crewmember as we Transit south from
Ilulissat, Greenland to Halifax, Nova Scotia (August 20-September 5,
- Repositioning Cruise: Sail as a Crewmember from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Belfast, Maine (September 7-12, 2011)
Tramp Steamer Voyages : 2011 & 2012
TRAMP STEAMER VOYAGE
from the ARCTIC CIRCLE to HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
GUEST CREW AND CARGO
VESSEL WANDERBIRD SEEKS ADVENTUROUS GUEST CREWMEMBERS
- AWESOME SCENERY
- SHIPBOARD COMRADERIE
- LEARN TO NAVIGATE
- STAND WATCH
- HOLD FAST
- EAT SAILOR'S GRUB
- RE- LIVE HISTORY
- SAIL THE SEAS
* SAFE SHIP * NO BUCKO MATE * SKILLED CAPTAINS *
Wanderbird is very pleased that the beautiful & historic small
city of Belfast, Maine has welcomed them to make Belfast
their home port. Belfast is located just off U.S. Route 1,
across the Bridge from Searsport. This is where guests are
greeted, spend their first night aboard, and then set sail on
one of many Maine Cruises.
Belfast is located on Penobscot Bay and at the mouth of the
Passagassawakeag River. The Belfast Area is rich in history dating back
more than 200 years. The community was an early fishing village, and
was named for the City in Ireland in 1765. The harbour and waterfront
were the hub of commercial activity. The Belfast area had many active
shipyards. Searsport, just to the north of Belfast, was home to eleven
yards and to more shipmasters than any other town in America. Between
1810 and 1890, more than 200 ships slid down the ways in Searsport and
in 1887 alone, more than 1,200 vessels arrived in local ports. During
this time of great prosperity, shipbuilders and merchants built
beautiful Greek Revival, Colonial, and Victorian mansions throughout
the area. Captains decorated spectacular mansions with treasures
carried home from exotic ports. Many of these homes are now
B&Bs or Inns. The Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, a
village of eleven vintage buildings preserves the local maritime
history and the Belfast Museum is located in the heart of Downtown
Belfast carried the spirit of enterprise into the 20th and 21st
centuries. During the 1940's the area embraced the shoe business and
became major center for the poultry business. Belfast is currently
known for its art galleries, shopping, and dining, its well-preserved
architecture and its New England coastal town charm. Lobstermen here
continue work the same waters as their ancestors.
The Expedition Vessel WANDERBIRD spends part of her season cruising to
the far North, and passengers meet us at several ports-of-call along
the way to participate in all or part of the journey. In previous
years, we have sailed up the east coast of Canada to the land of the
iceberg and the polar bear. We are excited to return, as we have made a
wonderful connection with the land and people.
|Port aux Basques|
This region of the Southern Coast of Newfoundland abounds with deep and
mighty fiords where the cliffs rise straight up hundreds of feet as we
travel miles inland to our incredibly protected anchorages. As the
scenery and waterfalls emerge from wisps of fog, they are breathtaking.
In this area we also visit some of the few remaining outports that can
only be reached by boat and meet some of the hardy folk who still fight
to earn a living from the sea. We will plan to visit some of the
offshore islands like Ramea. Very few vessels travel here, and the
whales and seabirds are like nowhere else. This is a voyage of a
As we travel up the great northern peninsula on our voyage to St
Anthony, we'll see the northern boreal forest inhabited by moose,
caribou and bald eagles. Take time while in St Anthony to
climb the 476 step walkway to experience breath taking views over
Fishing Point and surrounding communities, visit the Grenfell
Interpretation Centre to gain insight into the amazing life of Dr.
Grenfell and the work of the Grenfell Mission, and don't miss Viking
Landing (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an archaeological site
featuring the reconstructions of three Norse buildings which are the
earliest known European settlement in the New World.
Come along with us to visit the 400-year-old commercial port and
capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s; where the Atlantic Ocean and the
rising sun make their first appearance in North America. As we depart
St. John's harbor and head north, we will witness majestic humpbacks
frolicking in the Atlantic, we'll pass island colonies of seabirds
(home to thousands of nesting puffins, gannets, kittiwake and storm
petrels), 10,000 year old icebergs will drift by, and we'll experience
dramatic coastlines. Together aboard Wanderbird, we'll
explore tiny fishing communities such as like Trinity, Hearts Content,
and Twillingate, as we make new friends and greet old friends
alike. Newfoundland is made up of a people whose lives have
been shaped by the sea for over 500 years. Learn of rich traditions and
history that are celebrated through local music and art. As we travel
up the great northern peninsula to end our voyage in St Anthony, we'll
see the northern boreal forest inhabited by moose, caribou and bald
Cape Spear Natonal Historic
The most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear served as a
strategic location for a lighthouse in the eighteenth century and a
military fort in the nineteenth century. Since 1836, the site has been
home to the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland. Restored to
its original appearance, the lighthouse interprets the life of a 19th
century lightkeeper and his family.
Cape St. Marys Ecological
Cape Shore; near St. Brides & Branch on the Avalon
Peninsula. One of the most accessable seabird nesting colonies
in North America
Fort Amherst Lighthouse,
Museum & Tea Room
The former lightkeeper's dwelling has been transformed into a museum,
photo gallery, tea room and craft shop. Can be booked for private
parties, meetings, gatherings, etc. Spectacular view & a must
see for lighthouse enthusiasts.
Johnson Geo Center
An absolute must see: featuring the stories behind the radical changes
that take place in our climate, the story of Earth, 550 million year
old exposed rock walls, and exibit called Our Planet, Our Province, Our
People & Our Future, as well as specimens of Newfoundland and
Labrador's most significant rocks and minerals.
Railway Coastal Museum
Former train station. In this magnificent heritage building, this
museum exhibits the 100 year history of the Newfoundland Railway and
Coastal Boat services.
The Rooms cultural & heritage site unites the Provincial
Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives under
one roof. The Rooms is a portal to the many stories our province has to
tell... its unique modern design mirrors the "fishing rooms"where
families came together to process their catch decades ago.
Tour the Visitor Centre to learn the military and merchant ship
history, also the first trans-atlantic communications site. Hike some
of Signal Hill's 5 km of walking trails while watching for whales,
seabirds and icebergs along the coast.
St. PIERRE & MIQUELON (France)
For tourism information see: Saint Pierre Department of Tourism
This is a territory of France; passports required.
Labrador, we experience one of the planet's last great wilderness
frontiers. Nain is the gateway to the Arctic, and we will be keeping a
lookout for the Great White Bear! Labrador is sparsely inhabited by
descendants of Paleo Indians that thrived 9000 years ago, viking
settlers, Basque whalers, Moravian missionaries, traders and explorers.
The Labrador tundra is inhabited by caribou, moose, wolves, lynx,
Arctic hare and ptarmigan. The icy waters are teeming with whales,
seal, salmon, char and iceberg. The Labrador coast supports the
greatest variety of seabirds on the planet. Join us as we travel down
this magnificent, wild and absolutely pristine coast. We will see
icebergs, explore fjords, outpost villages and experience waters
teeming with wildlife!|
Right and bowhead whales,
once plentiful in the waters of coastal Labrador, attracted whalers
from the Basque country (northern Spain and southern France) during the
16th century. A thriving industry based on the production of whale oil
for export to Europe developed along the Labrador coast during the mid
to late 1500s. The busiest port for this historic enterprise was the
sheltered harbour of Red Bay. Sixteenth-century Basque whaling in
Labrador is portrayed in the exhibit "A Whaling Station" at the
Canadian Museum of Civilisation here in Red Bay.
of the many ports we will visit on our Southern Labrador Voyage, Battle
Harbour situated on a small island, was for two centuries the economic
and social centre of the southeastern Labrador coast. Mercantile
saltfish premises first established there in the 1770s developed into a
thriving community that was known as the "Capital of Labrador".
in recent decades by changing economies and settlement patterns, the
former glory of Battle Harbour has now been revived. Six years of
research and painstaking architectural restoration has breathed new
life into this unique, historic place. Through the efforts of the
Battle Harbour Historic Trust, the village of Battle Harbour is now a
living commemoration of the life and society created there by
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the 18th, 19th and 20th
centuries. This is a real treasure - not to be missed.
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, considered the "Hub of Labrador", is
located at the extreme western end of Lake Melville, a long salt-water
inlet lake extending 210km inland from the Labrador Sea. The scenic,
snow capped Mealy Mountains border one side of the lake and a great
rolling plain the other.
The fur trade originally brought
settlers to Central Labrador. Others were attached to the central
corridor because of its abundance of fish, wildlife, timber, rich soil
and the long growing season.
In 1941, the air base at Goose Bay
was built as a landing and refuelling stop for the Atlantic Ferry
Command. After only 79 days of construction, three 7,000-foot runways
were ready to receive aircraft. During the Second World War, thousands
of aircraft passed through Goose Bay. The war represented a turning
point in history, not only for the Lake Melville region, but for all of
Labrador. Currently, the base provides support and co-ordination for
NATO tactical flight training activities.
The new town of Happy
Valley-Goose Bay was formed in 1973 and it had all of the facilities of
a modern town. The current population of the town of Happy Valley-Goose
Bay is approximately 8800. Four main cultural groups make up the
population of Central Labrador: Innu, Inuit, Metis and Settlers.
in 1771 by Moravian Missionaries, Nain is the northern most community
in Labrador. It is approximately 230 air miles north of Happy Valley
Goose Bay. the population in Nain is primarily made up of Inuit
families. The commercial fishing season usually lasts from July to
October. The main species of fish processed at he Nain Fish Plant are
Arctic Char, Atlantic salmon, Turbot and Scallop. People fish as far
north as Hebron. In late spring (April/May) just before the ice breaks
up (usually in June), people fish for trout for home consumption at
river mouths around Nain.
Subsistence hunting is performed
year-round for different species of animals, marine mammals and birds:
ducks and geese are hunted in the fall just before freeze-up; caribou
is mainly hunted in the spring when the George River Caribou Herd
passes on its way to calving grounds between Nain and Hebron; some
trapping is done during winter months for fox, wolf, etc., and seals
are hunted year round.
Arctic can be defined as the region centred on the north pole, where
ice dominates the landscape, more precisely as the region where the
soil is permanently frozen and trees cannot grow. The Arctic Circle is
located at 66 1/2 degrees north.
is the lowest latitude at which the midnight sun is seen. Wanderbird's
northernmost adventures begin (or end) in a small Labrador Inuit
community and end (or begin) in the Arctic Community of Aasiaat,
CARIBBEAN - CUELBRA, PUERTO RICO
The Wanderbird is based in Culebra this winter for week-long cruises departing from and returning to this magical island.
is incredibly beautiful around the Spanish Caribbean Islands.
Snorkeling, climbing for fresh coconuts, pale blue warm salty water,
amazing cute little seaside towns, roaming wild horses originally
brought by the Spaniards on Vieques, iguanas and wild chickens on
Culebra and post card beaches.... life is good. Come join us!
about nineteen miles east of Puerto Rico and eight miles north of
Vieques, Culebra is the smallest of the inhabited Spanish Virgin
Islands. She is seven miles long and 3 miles wide. Her many beaches are
some of the most beautiful in the world.
Culebra is an arid
island, having no rivers or streams. She gets her water from Puerto
Rico via Vieques. Because of the lack of run-off from streams and
rivers, Culebra boasts crystal clear waters with sixty feet of
visibility on a bad day.
Culebra is an island municipality under
the domain of Puerto Rico, which has been under the protection of the
United States, since its annexation from Spain in 1898. In 1909 the
Culebra National Wildlife Refuge was established. The refuge takes in
over one thousand four hundred acres of land and is well known both as
a nesting area for numerous seabirds, as well as the endangered
leatherback turtle and Culebra giant anole.
has by about three thousand residents. The quiet, unspoiled island has
little to offer in nightlife, except for a quiet, safe walk in the
moonlight or the occasional sound of guitar music from one of her few
night spots. The island has little crime and very little to do, but
relax at the beach or your favorite watering hole. The snorkeling and
scuba diving around Culebra are outstanding. Hard and soft corals
abound in the shallows and magnificent reefs encircle the island.
Tropical fish and other sea life abound. The depths rarely exceed one
2012 we will cruise aboard the Wanderbird in South East Alaska along
the famous Inside Passage in the beautiful Tongass National Forest. We
have both dreamed of doing this since we were kids and we feel that the
time is right to make it happen. The Wanderbird is the perfect vessel
for such a cruise and we feel that she is as anxious to go as we are!
We will leave Maine in October of 2011 and make the trip around in
charterable stages. These stages will be available to the more
adventurous of you who would like to join us as we reposition the
vessel almost 5000 nautical miles. There will be more to follow on
these repositioning legs with stages such as Maine to Bermuda, Bermuda
to the US Virgin Islands, The San Blas Islands, a transit of the Panama
Canal and more! Our 2012 schedule in SE Alaska will find us cruising
the inside passage on seven day expeditions between Petersburg, Sitka
and Juneau Alaska.
lights is the common name of the light phenomenon often seen in
northern regions. The scientific name “Aurora Borealis” refers to this
celestial phenomenon of rays or curtains of colored light that appear
in the sky predominantly in the polar regions of the earth. As
particles hit the upper atmosphere of the earth in what is called an
auroral sub-storm, it causes rays of light to appear to be cast down
from the celestial heavens, forming a band of curtains which move and
spread across the sky and horizon. Last summer we saw Northern Lights
while in Labrador that moved like translucent curtains gently blowing
in the wind and as faint green and white flames.
Wanderbirds Alaskan Ports-of Call
Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest, covers
most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It
offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the
breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska.
are pleased to visit this vibrant fishing community with a strong
Norwegian heritage. Located in protected waters filled with islands and
bays and harbors, the area and waterways are rich with wildlife just
waiting to be explored. Here we find friendly people, lush forests,
glaciers, whale watching and birding. The ocean waters around
Petersburg, AK are the summer home to over 500 humpback whales.
views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to
the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside
town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally
Ancestral home of the Tlingit Indians, captured by
the Russians, sold to the Americans – Sitka carries the legacy of each.
While this fascinating heritage is well documented in local museums,
Sitka’s ancestry isn’t found only in shelved archives and artifacts.
Rather it is all around.
Sitka is home to 24 attractions listed
on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are
National Historical Landmarks. Visitors won’t find a lack of
explanation for the incredible sites, whether embarking on one of
several walking or vehicle tours, or chatting with a long-time
resident. Sitkans are rightfully proud and simply eager to share the
Alaska's capital city is the third largest city in the state. Like
Alaska, Juneau is full of contrasts, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city
in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of
towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community's
rich culture and history is displayed throughout the town. Juneau has a
vibrant urban feel with great dining, shopping and lodging, while being
surrounded by jaw-dropping scenic vistas. A visit to Juneau delivers
tastes that delight the senses. From Alaska salmon, halibut and crab to
sourdough bagels, homemade fudge, and award-winning coffee and beer,
Juneau can satisfy even the most discriminating palate. As we take to
the water and cruise past the area's beautiful glacial landscapes, we
will often see sea lions and graceful humpback whales.