Once again docked at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Dock during the 2016 GM River Days festival will be a tall ship for visitors to tour, courtesy of Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The Appledore IV (85’) scooner hails from Bay City Michigan and our operated by BaySail. BaySail is a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay and the Great Lakes through engaging shipboard experiences aboard two schooners, the Appledore IV. Their programs include science education for K-12 school groups, overnight voyaging for youth and adults, public sails, charters, group tours, and port visits.
Detroit Marriott- Official Hotel Partner of GM River Days
Bring the family down for GM River Days, or any weekend this summer and come explore Detroit’s Riverfront. Rent a bike, take a walk, run through the fountains or experience the carousel on the Riverwalk. Then retreat to your guest room in the tallest building in Michigan, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and ultra-comfortable bedding. For reservations at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, call 1-800-352-0831 or visit detroitmarriott.com.
History of the Appledore IV
The schooner Appledore IV was originally commissioned by Herb and Doris Smith and built by Mark Treworgy. Launched in 1989, she is the fourth in a series of schooners built for world voyaging. The Smith’s adventures aboard the Appledores are chronicled in two books “Dreams of Natural Places” and “Sailing Three Oceans”. Herb and Doris sailed Appledore IV as far as Barbados and used her in the coastal day-charter trade out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. They eventually sold the ship to try dairy farming. BaySail purchased the schooner in 1997.
Facts about the Appledore IV
Flag: United States
Rig: Two-masted schooner
Homeport/Waters: Bay City, Michigan; Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron
Who Sails? Elementary students through Adults
Season: Late April through mid-October
Built: 1989; Palm Coast, Florida, Treworgy Yachts
Designer: Bud McIntosh
Length: 65 ft on deck, 85 ft overall
Beam: 18 ft 5 in
Draft: 9 ft 6 in
Rig Height: 76 ft
Displacement: 72 tons
Sail Area: 3,500 Sq ft
Power: 135 HP diesel
Passengers: Licensed to carry 52, including crew; sleeps 14 comfortably
Crew: Sails with a minimum of Captain and 3 crew
Docking: Resides next to Appledore V at the north end of Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City
Ownership: BaySail, a non-profit organization formed in 1998