Her name is the Vela. She is a three-masted schooner with fifteen sails and a history since 1988. Currently, she serves Island Windjammers, who are—as far as I can gather—some sort of cruise company.
That isn’t how I knew her.
Her name, to me and to the many other incredible people who sailed her prior to 2014, is the SSV Tole Mour, or simply the Tole. She was a summer camp vessel operated by a crew of teenage campers and supervised by trained adults. She was my home for four summers, and we all loved her.
But then, nothing good lasts forever. Continue reading “How We Knew Her”