Your Captains and Owners

Kip Files and Paul DeGaeta, share a deep sense of history as well as a life-long love and respect for the sea.

In 1990, when the Victory Chimes was about to be sold to foreign interests, the two captains stepped in and purchased her so she would remain in America. Through their efforts, in 1997, the National Parks Service granted her status as an American National History Landmark. Victory Chimes is one of only 127 vessels to carry that proud distinction.

Kip, a Maine native, and Paul, who hails from Florida, both hold USCG 1600 ton Masters Licenses. They bring over 70 years experience and a flawless safety record to the Victory Chimes. Their commitment to service and tradition has allowed Victory Chimes to remain in the forefront of American Windjamming. The captains and their vessel have been featured in Sea History, Nautical Quarterly, Lakeland Boating, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal USA Today, the Associated Press, on CBS Sunday Morning, The History Channel and Travel Channel (Samantha Brown)

Whether you sail with Kip or Paul, you will find that their enthusiasm for sailing an American National Historic Landmark Tall Ship is matched with the pride they take in their service to you as a passenger and to the traditions of a bygone era.

The Crew

Our crew is comprised of young men and women who are courteous, friendly, well trained, and knowledgeable about the ecology and history of Penobscot Bay and their Schooner Victory Chimes . You will note their enthusiasm on boarding night as they give you a tour of the vessel and help you settle into your cabin. Both Captain’s DeGaeta and Files have had long careers running private or corporate vessels and bring a strong emphasis on personal service to the Victory Chimes and her passengers.