Victory Chimes — Over 100 Years of Working Sail

The magnificent Victory Chimes — the only original three-masted schooner in the famed Maine Windjammer fleet — is the last of her generation, a noble reminder of the Age of Sail.

1900

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the Edwin & Maude slides down the ways at the Philips Yard in Delaware. If she survived a decade of hauling lumber, the townsfolk of Bethel who invested in the dream of a young captain named R.E Riggen could expect a decent return. Designed by JMC Moore, she was one of thirty “Ram” schooners — nicknamed for the way they “rammed through” the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and through the sea. Her schooner rig was uniquely American. Her stout build, simple rig, and yawl boat made her one of the most profitable ships ever to sail.

1911
Edwin & Maude has been hauling freight for over a decade on May 31st as the RMS Titanic is launched.
1918
Edwin & Maude continues plying her trade as a coastal merchant vessel as WWI comes to a close.
1944

Still sailing as a merchant vessel in the CC Paul fleet out of Baltimore, Edwin & Maude assists the war effort by reporting the status of the anti-submarine mine field at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay each time she sails by. She also keeps a sharp lookout for German U-Boats as she sails through her second world war.

1946
Edwin & Maude is converted into a “Dude Cruiser” by Herman Knust of Chesapeake Bay Vacation Cruises.
1954

After a half century sailing the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico from her home waters of Chesapeake Bay, Edwin & Maude begins a new life in Maine. She is renamed Victory Chimes by Capt. Frederick “Boyd” Guild after a Canadian coastal schooner he admired as a boy that had been launched on Armistice Day.

1962

John Glenn is the first man in space, and passenger June Knowles comes aboard Victory Chimes for her first Maine windjammer cruise. Glenn would return once to space, but in 2010 Knowles will be back aboard Victory Chimes for her 70th cruise.

1987

After introducing thousands of vacationers to the unique experience of sailing the Maine coast aboard a traditional windjammer, Victory Chimes is acquired by Domino’s Pizza. She undergoes a much-needed three year restoration in Boothbay, and is renamed Domino Effect.

1990

Captain Kip Files and Captain Paul DeGaeta, who oversaw her Domino’s restoration, purchase the vessel to keep her from leaving the country. They immediately change her name back to Victory Chimes and return her to the Maine windjammer trade. The Maine legislature welcomes her back with a special resolution.

1997
Victory Chimes is named an American National Historic Landmark under the Maritime Heritage Program of the National Park Service. She becomes one of only 127 vessels bestowed the designation.
2000
Victory Chimes returns to the Bay where she was launched to celebrate her 100th Anniversary. At South Street Seaport she receives a delegation of community mayors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who present her a plaque as “the first Tall Ship to visit New York Harbor in the New Century.” She winters as an exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum before returning to Maine. In June, she is listed #148 on “The World’s Top 200 Yachts” by Boat International USA magazine.
2003

By vote, the people of the state of Maine choose a design that includes Victory Chimes as one of the enduring images represented on their state quarter.

2010
Victory Chimes is used in the National Geographic production, “Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes.” Capt. Kip Files and Capt. Paul DeGaeta star in the show.
2014

Capt. Kip Files was selected to sail as Master on the historic 38th and final voyage of the American Whaler, Charles W Morgan. As one of America’s top traditional sailing masters, Files lectured on Traditional Sail at Mystic Seaport and NY Yacht Club.