SCHOONER LILY HISTORY

Learn More About the History of the Lily

Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures’ mission aboard the Schooner "Lily" is to give her passengers a unique sailing experience while providing a flagship for the Treasure Coast. Schooner Lily has been chartering since 2010 in Stuart, Florida. The owners, Captain Fred and Jamie Newhart live with their daughter in Jensen Beach, Florida. Fred and Jamie grew up in Stuart and Fred began sailing in the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers in his youth. We are in our sixth season and are departing from downtown Stuart Riverwalk Pier in Florida, serving the Treasure Coast and surrounding area.

The charter boat company is based around the Schooner Lily. She is a schooner rig with a scow hull made entirely of wood. In other words, she is a double masted sailing barge--a flat bottomed boat with a blunt bow. Lily draw only two and half feet of water!

This ship was actually a working cargo boat--a piece of northeast cargo history. She was purposed built to haul cargo commercially under sail power in the United States. Originally known as the "Lily of Tisbury" she transported lumber, vehicles, and even other boats between Martha's Vineyard, Boston, and Maine.  

The Lily is certified to carry up to thirteen tons of cargo in her hold and on deck. Before the 1930s, vessels such as the Lily were used to transport cargo along the coast and in rivers. Scows were made flat bottomed and wide in order to sail into shallow waters but still carry a large amount of cargo. Scows were often grounded out with the tide to allow for loading and unloading of goods. Scows were typically called Hay Scows as their most common cargo was cattle feed.

TCSA is a Stuart and Jensen Beach charter boat company based around a traditional wooden sailing vessel, the Lily, which is a schooner rig with a scow hull. In other words, she is a double-masted sailing barge - a flat-bottomed boat with a blunt bow.

When Fred Newhart met up with the Lily in 1999, she had sat on land for ten years, the total conversion having never been completed. Captain Fred participated in her restoration and quickly developed a special affinity for the boat, etc.

This ship was actually a working boat; a piece of the northeast cargo history! As far as we know, she was the last boat purpose-built to haul cargo commercially under sail power in the United States. Originally known as "Lily of Tisbury," she primarily transported lumber between Martha’s vineyard and Maine.

The Lily could carry up to thirteen tons of cargo in her hold and on deck. Before the 1930s, vessels such as the Lily used to sail in shallow waters, transporting cargo. The traditional deep keel of regular sailing vessels made it impossible to navigate shallow bays and rivers. Flat bottomed boats could navigate these waters and could even be beached to unload cargo. Many scows were custom built in the backyards of skilled carpenters.

By coming out with us, one can help sustain a small piece of our history and enjoy the beautiful outdoors without making much of a carbon imprint. We are a sailing tall ship. We have a Diesel engine onboard that we use for docking, so one can feel they have made a good choice without hurting the environment.  

The Lily was built by a man named Rick Brown in response to an oil embargo in the 1970s, and she hauled cargo from 1978 to 1985. Then, she was bought by a private owner who planned on converting her into a yacht. Originally single masted, her new owner made her a two-masted rig. 

When the founder of Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures met up with the Lily in 1999, she had sat on land for ten years, the total conversion having never been completed. Her current captain, Fred Newhart, participated in her restoration and quickly developed a special affinity for the boat, seeing her converted to a United States Coast Guard certified vessel with a capacity of forty-two passengers.
“Travel back to a time in America's recent 
history where sailing vessels were the cargo carriers of their time.”

Must do on the Treasure Coast- Stuart

“A very nice day on an old world sailing vessel. The captain and crew are very knowledgeable in the area and sailing, and give an interesting overview of both. On our particular day there was a fund raiser for a local ocean conservation non profit with a Phd giving a description of the estuary and its biodiversity. A discussion of the oyster reestablishment in the river was provided and fresh oysters were served! They allow you to bring beer or wine aboard to enjoy while you sail the river. Great value and should not be missed.
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