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Scene from Юнга со шхуны “Колумб” (1963) (from Kino-Teatr.Ru). One of the best Russian adventure films for kids that I’ve ever seen - and I saw it in Moscow in the 1970s. Rollicking fun it was, too.
The film was based on Nikolai Trublaini’s book “Шхуна “Колумб” (The Schooner ‘Columbus’). Teens Marco and Lidia, hot on the trail of a saboteur, are involved in a wild escapade leading to the capture of a spy. Thanks to their efforts, the saboteurs trying to escape on the open sea on the captured schooner ‘Columbus’ are finally brought to justice by the coast guard.
Irina Mitsik, who played the role of Lidia, later studied medicine and became a doctor in 1972.
The Lewis R French - America’s oldest windjammer, was built by the French brothers and named for their father. The schooner  Lewis R. French was launched in April, 1871, in Christmas Cove, Maine.  She is the last schooner remaining of thousands built in Maine during  the 19th century, and carried freight until 1971. The French is 101 feet overall, 65 feet on deck, with 19 feet of beam. She draws 7.5 feet with a full keel.
Chasseur - One of the most famous of the American privateers was Captain Thomas Boyle, who sailed his Baltimore Clipper, Chasseur, out of Fells Point, where she had been launched from Thomas Kemp’s shipyard in 1812. On his first voyage as master of Chasseur in 1814, Boyle unexpectedly sailed east, directly to the British Isles,  where he unmercifully harassed the British merchant fleet. In a  characteristically audacious act, he sent a notice to the King by way of  a captured merchant vessel that he had released for the purpose. The  notice, he commanded, was to be posted on the door of Lloyd’s of London,  the famous shipping underwriters. In it he declared that the entire  British Isles were under naval blockade by Chasseur alone! This  affront sent the shipping community into panic and caused the Admiralty  to call vessels home from the American war to guard merchant ships  which had to sail in convoys. In all, Chasseur captured or sank 17 vessels before returning home.
On Chasseur’s triumphal return to Baltimore on March 25,  1815, the Niles Weekly Register dubbed the ship, her captain, and crew  the “pride of Baltimore” for their daring exploits.
Chasseur is the source for the design of Pride of Baltimore II

Michael Berman: ‘Pride of Baltimore II’. Black and White
2010 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

The fleet set off from Fells Point in Baltimore today for the 2010 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, and are now well out in the Chesapeake Bay with most past Thomas Point Light, and the leaders now passing the southern end of Kent Island.

You can track their progress live here.

Woodwind, a 74’, two masted staysail schooner out of Annapolis, MD is out in front, followed closely by Adventurer (42-footer out of Shady Side, MD), the Pride of Baltimore II (my personal favorite, a 157-foot topsail schooner out of Baltimore, MD), and Heron (60-footer out of Solomons Island, MD).

Virginia set the current time to beat of 11 hours, 18 minutes and 53 seconds in the 2007 Great Chesapeake Bay Schoooner Race.  But with rain and moderate winds out of the NNW in the area today, we may see that record fall…