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Bayfield non-profit is bringing the schooner Zeeto back home

Bayfield non-profit is bringing the schooner Zeeto back home

Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc

BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~  January 25, 2023  (LSNews)  Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc., a non-profit organization that operates a youth sail training program out of Bayfield WI, announced that they have added the three masted schooner, Zeeto, to their fleet to increase their sail training capacity and take more kids of all ages sailing on Lake Superior.

Since 2014, Lake Superior Tall Ships Inc. (LSTS) has been providing positive, life-changing outdoor sailing adventures for kids and adults aboard the schooner Abbey Road, sailing the Apostle Islands and beyond.

Zimmerman made several voyages to Havana, Cuba in the days of Batiste, and cruised all over the Bahamas.  The Zeeto sailed up the east coast under two different owners, the second making Boston her home port until 1988.  Zeeto was purchased by a dentist from Duluth, MN, who sailed the schooner from Baltimore, MD to Cornucopia, WI in the early 1990’s.

The Zeeto moved to Bayfield, WI in 1997 and sailed under the flag of the Apostle Islands Cruise Service fleet where the ship became a prominent fixture of the Bayfield waterfront.

In 2003, under a new owner, the vessel underwent a major five-year refit.  Frames were repaired and replaced, and the original yellow pine strip planked hull was completely cold-molded with marine plywood and epoxy.  During this process great pains were taken to maintain the wood planked look of the original hull.  New Yanmar 3GM engines replaced the old Volvo MD2Bs. The lead & iron ballast keel was removed, painted, weighed and replaced.  A new teak deck was added in 2012 and the mizzen mast was replaced in 2015.   The interior was refreshed and trimmed with cherry wood.

Zeeto has a gaff headed main and foresail, a Marconi mizzen, and a club footed jib. There are accommodations to sleep six passengers in two double midship berths, and two singles in forward cabin. 

LSTS is excited that the acquisition of the Zeeto will allow the organization to offer more “un-plugged,” experiential learning voyages to families, friends and youth groups.  Teamwork is required - which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility, and helps develop leadership skills.  Participants are encouraged to take the wheel, plot the course, raise the sails, crank winches, and learn all about sailing a schooner.

LSTS is grateful for the generous “Plankowner” contributions that helped make the acquisition possible.  A celebration to welcome the Zeeto back to Bayfield is being planned to coincide with the Blessing of the Fleet in June.

The mission of LSTS is to teach seamanship, personal responsibility, teamwork, and self-esteem, while building skills in leadership and citizenship. We hope to inspire all generations to be responsible stewards of Lake Superior, and to promote awareness, appreciation and preservation of our Great Lakes’ marine communities and maritime heritage.

For additional information about Lake Superior Tall Ships Inc. and the Zeeto, please contact Gordon Ringberg, Executive Director, email: [email protected], or visit their website

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