Schooner Liberty Star
|Liberty Star Info|
|Vessel Type||Gaff-rigged Schooner|
|Sailing Grounds||Virgin Islands|
|Homeport||St. Thomas (Dec. - May)
Boston (June - Sept.)
The Liberty Star is the nimble "little sister" of the Liberty Clipper. A wooden-hulled schooner built in the 1980s, she has circumnavigated the globe twice! Her cozy cabins will make you feel right at home as you enjoy sailing on this clever schooner that will delight you in the warm winds and waters of the Virgin Islands.
Liberty Star Windjammer Cruise Blog
Liberty Star is a traditional gaff-rigged, two-masted wooden schooner, built by Maine craftsmen. The Liberty Star was lovingly refit for service in the British Virgin Islands in 2012 and features two upper and lower berth cabins, and a deluxe cabin with a full-sized double bed. All cabins offer opening skylights, and lots of varnished wood detailing. The below deck area is air conditioned.
The cabins have been panelled in yellow-pine to provide a warm and rich feeling to our schooner. Each bunk is outfitted with comfortable pillows, linens, and blankets. We also provide both bath and beach towels.The cabins have 110-volt outlets to charge your camera and other electrical devices. Each bunk also has a reading light; just imagine reading yourself to sleep, after a wonderful home cooked meal, to the sound of the water lapping gently at the hull... You're sure to feel transported back to simpler days while on your sailing vacation cruise!
Cabins 1 and 2:
- Our forward cabins offer top/bottom bunks with very comfortable beds.
- There is a "butterfly hatch" above each cabin to offer fresh air.
- Each cabin has storage space in the custom-built storage lockers (please pack light, it is a tall ship!).
- Each bunk has its own fan.
- Our deluxe cabin offers a full-sized bed.
- This cabin also features an opening skylight for natural light and fresh air.
- There is storage in the large cabin area and under bed storage.
- This cabin features multiple fans.
There is one bathroom with a shower for our guests that is shared and we also have a fresh-water on-deck shower.
There is plenty of room at our table in the Salon or eat on deck under the warm caribbean sun.
Liberty Star Sailing Schedule
The LIBERTY STAR will sail the US and British Virgin Islands from November 22, 2015 through May 14, 2016. Each cruise boards on Sunday and disembarks on Saturday. To review our schedule and book online, click the link below:
|Cruise Start||Cruise End||Embark/Disembark||Ship||Pricing*||Notes||Book?|
|Nov 22, 2015||Nov 28, 2015||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,899||Thanksgiving Cruise||BOOK NOW|
|Nov 29, 2015||Dec 5, 2015||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 6, 2015||Dec 12, 2015||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||SOLD OUT|
|Dec 13, 2015||Dec 19, 2015||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 20, 2015||Dec 26, 2015||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,899||Christmas Cruise||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 27, 2015||Jan 2, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,899||New Year's Cruise||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 3, 2016||Jan 9, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 10, 2016||Jan 16, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 17, 2016||Jan 23, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 24, 2016||Jan 30, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 31, 2016||Feb 6, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Feb 7, 2016||Feb 13, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Feb 14, 2016||Feb 20, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Feb 21, 2016||Feb 27, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Feb 28, 2016||Mar 5, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 6, 2016||Mar 12, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 13, 2016||Mar 19, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 20, 2016||Mar 26, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 27, 2016||Apr 2, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Apr 3, 2016||Apr 9, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Apr 10, 2016||Apr 16, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Apr 17, 2016||Apr 23, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|Apr 24, 2016||Apr 30, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|May 1, 2016||May 7, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
|May 8, 2016||May 14, 2016||St Thomas, USVI||Liberty Star||$ 1,799||BOOK NOW|
*Per-person price for private double cabin. Single shared cabin subject to 25% supplement fee (125% of above price). Private single cabins subject to 75% supplement fee (175% of above price). Prices do not include 5% port fee or upgrades.
Safety & Specifications
The Liberty Windjammer Fleet offers the only US-Flag and US-Crewed tall ship windjammer cruises in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Your safety is always our number one priority, so rest assured that the Schooner Liberty Clipper and Schooner Liberty Star exceeds all required United States Coast Guard Safety and Crew Training Requirements. The Liberty Fleet is a company founded by professional sailors – the owner is himself a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, holds an unlimited tonnage US Coast Guard license, and understands and respects the unique demands of the sea upon both ships and crew.
The Liberty Star proudly flies a US Flag at her mast-head. We take great pride in maintaining our ship to the highest safety standards.
Liberty Star is equipped with modern emergency communications equipment, emergency medical equipment, and American citizen crew members who are trained in emergency response techniques. Furthermore, we have USCG inspected TYPE-1 Life Preservers, SOLAS approved Life-Rafts that are inspected and certified annually by the manufacturer, life-rings, a fully Coast Guard inspected fire-fighting system, and most importantly the training to effectively use this equipment.
Liberty Star Staffing
A strong crew is always the most important aspect of any vessel’s safety program. The Liberty Star's professional crew is led by our US Coast Guard licensed captains who are all highly qualified professional mariners with a minimum of 720-days of sea-going experience on similarly sized vessels; this typically reflects 4-5 years of industry experience. We also carry a licensed mate with a minimum of 360-days of sea-going experience on similarly sized vessels.
What is the U.S. difference?
While each country has its own vessel registry safety and inspection requirements, they are not all created equal. Typically, European nations have a strong maritime tradition and maintain competitive safety standards with the United States. Most non-US flag vessels, however, are registered under a “Flag of Convenience.” Simply stated, this applies to those vessels under Panamanian, Monrovian, and other similar flags. There are many reasons to register a ship under a foreign flag including: avoidance of taxes, avoidance of liability for injury, lower labor costs, and lack of inspection and safety oversight to save money. Most developed nations maintain a watch-list for “flag of convenience vessels” visiting their territorial waters.
Below is a list of some basic safety requirements and inspection requirements for comparison.
|Safety Requirement||United States||Flag of Convenience Testing|
|Safety Inspection||USCG Annually||Typically “owner performed”|
|Hull Inspection||USCG Bi-Annually||Typically “owner performed”|
|Rig Inspection||USCG Bi-Annually||Never or “owner performed”|
|Crew Licensing||Strict: Experience & Testing||Pay for a License|
|Training Requirements||USCG Monthly Training||Typically “owner performed”|
|Ship Registry||United States of America|
|Certification||US Coast Guard Passenger Vessel|
|Vessel Rig||Gaff Rigged Topsail Schooner|
|Homeport||Boston,MA (Summer); St Thomas,USVI (Winter)|
|Length Overall||67 feet|
|Length of Deck||52 feet|
|Waterline Length||42 feet|
|Mast Height||76 feet|
|Sail Area||2,500 square feet|
|Gross Registered Tonnage||52 tons|
|Vessel Displacement||46 tons|
|Auxiliary Power||Cummins TurboDiesel 5.9L 210 HP|
|Hull||Oak and Mahogany|
|Deck||Douglass Fir and White Pine|
|Crew Compliment||3 near-coastal / 7 offshore|
History of the Schooner Liberty Star
Originally christened the Rachel B. Jackson, the Liberty Star was commissioned in 1972 in Harrington, Maine as a private sailing yacht. Over the course of the following ten years, she had three owners, each of whom completed a portion of her construction. In 1982, a Maine shipwright named George Emery purchased the hull and completed the vessel. He named her in honor of his grandmother, who had lent him the money to purchase and complete the schooner.
Built as a working replica of an 1890s coastal schooner, her sturdy mahogany planking, oak frames, traditional pine and fir decking, shining brass fittings, and exotic wood cabinetry recall the workmanship of days gone by. She was originally put into service as a training vessel at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. In the mid 1980s, the Seaport sold the vessel to a family who outfitted her and spent three years sailing around the world. Upon the completion of her circumnavigational voyage, she was sold to another family in Maine who took guests on day sails and also showed her at tall ship events. In 2000 she represented the state of Maine in the Tall Ships 2000 race from Bermuda to Boston, and then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia. At one point, the ship was chartered by the National Geographic Society to do whale research off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
In the spring of 2012, the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships found the Rachel B. Jackson "well-used" in Belfast, Maine and decided to save the ship. On April 2, 2012 Liberty Fleet purchased the vessel and spent the next four months and 6,000 man hours rebuilding the ship. Restoration work was extensive, and included new decking, a new main-mast, replacement of the engine, drive shaft, and propellers, new electronic and navigation equipment, and new sails. Her interiors were also refit to include three cozy cabins for overnight accommodations. Liberty Fleet would like to especially thank master shipwrights Mike Rogers, Geno Scalzo, and Andros Kypragoras for their incredible work and completion of the refit.
The Liberty Fleet rechristened the ship to the Liberty Star, and held an official renaming ceremony for her complete with a bottle of rum and a tot for Poseidon himself!