“The Friendship Sloops have become a symbol of more than just an age. They stand for good fellowship in the rounded cockpit, amidst clean air and good water. They stand for a job well done, a day well lived, and Maine.”

James S. Rockefeller, Jr., Enduring Friendship
Amity with a gentle breeze glides across Penobscot Bay
Tug photo by Harvey Schiller, Belfast's Sea Kayak Guide

Searsport boasts a fantastic maritime history museum that highlights Searsport's seafaring heritage and her important role in the 19th century China trade. It also has displays explaining the many types of vessels that fished and carried cargo from the ports of Penobscot Bay - including, of course, Maine's famed sailing vessel the Friendship Sloop.

Day-trippers based in Belfast and Searsport can reach Rockland and Camden in less than an hour, and Bar Harbor is about an hour and a half's drive away. Castine can be visited from Belfast via the passenger vessel Good Return. And for the more energetic there are sea kayaking lessons and rentals available at Belfast's public docks (ask for Harvey).

Amity, with a "bone in her teeth," sailing off the coast of Belfast, Maine

The Friendship Sloop “Amity” sails daily from the public docks in beautiful Belfast, Maine. “Amity” is one of the last original Friendship Sloops - handsome, able vessels built for lobster fishing under sail.

Penobscot Bay offers some of the finest sailing in the world and it is a pleasure to share “Amity” and this wonderful part of the Maine coast with our passengers.

“Amity” sails daily from the public docks in beautiful
Belfast, Maine

Phone Stephen and Diane O'Connell

207-323-1443 (daytime)

207-469-0849 (evening)

Email Amity@Midcoast.com

Belfast and the neighboring town, Searsport, are ideally situated as bases from which to explore Maine's midcoast region. These towns offer a variety of accomodation ranging from camp grounds on the shore of Penobscot Bay, to budget motels and first-class inns and B&Bs.

In the 19th century both Belfast and Searsport were major centers for shipbuilding and maritime commerce. The stately homes of ship captains and merchants still line the streets of these towns.

The attractive brick buildings of Belfast's commercial district lead down to her scenic harbor dotted with yachts, lobster boats, and tugs. These buildings are now home to many restaurants and art galleries, including that of the well-known photographer Neal Parent whose B&W; images of Maine and seafaring should not be missed.

 

“Amity’s” Home Page
About Friendship Sloops
Sailing on "Amity"
Sailing Schedule and Rates
About Your Captain
Penobscot Bay
Indonesian Seafarers

Visit our photo pages for images of Penobscot Bay, Belfast and the Midcoast Maine region, as well as from some of our more far-flung seafaring and travel adventures.

UPDATE

The 2007sailing season is on its way. Amity is in the yard waiting for spring!

 

 

Bangladesh Voyage
Photo Pages
Southeast Asian Vessels
For over a century, the Friendship Sloop Amity has been sailing Maine's rock-bound coast
Photojournalism
Belfast, Maine - Friendship Sloop Amity's homeport

Penobscot Bay has become an international center for traditional wooden boat sailing and a trip to Maine's midcoast would not be complete without spending some time on the water and under sail.

Our Friendship Sloop "Amity" sails daily, from the end of May through early October, from Belfast's public docks. Apart from our regularly scheduled sailing trips, "Amity" is available for crewed charter. Sailing lessons can also be arranged.

"Amity's" Home Page | About Friendship Sloops | Sailing on "Amity" |
Sailing Schedule and Rates | About Your Captain | Photos of the Bay | Photos Indonesian Seafarers | Photos Bangladesh Voyage | Photos Southeast Asian Vessels | Photojournalism | Guatemala '05 | | China |

 

Bernard Harbor, Mount Desert Island
Autumn on Maine's Mount Desert Island, an easy day-trip from Belfast, is spectacular
And just a few minutes drive from Belfast (also a common destination for our trips under sail on "Amity") is Bayside, a charming summer community of "gingerbread" cottages - many of which are available as rentals. For an idyllic holiday on the Maine coast visit www.baysidecottagerentals.com
Sail Belfast Maine’s Historic

Friendship Sloop “Amity”

Built in 1901

Guatemala '05
China