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Schooners on the Bay (1984)

About the Film

A documentary about the wooden boats used to dredge for oysters under sail on Delaware Bay until World War Two, when they were refitted with engines. It follows two New Jersey schooners that were restored to sail for use as Windjammers to take tourists on excursions on Penobscot Bay in Maine. There are on camera interviews with the late oyster boat captain Fenton Anderson, local historian Donald H. Rolfs, and Windjammer captains Douglas J. Lee, Edward B. Glaser, and David Allen. It ends with a race between the two Windjammers to a folk song about a schooner race on Delaware Bay sung by Jim Albertson. This documentary was originally distributed by New Jersey Network and is no longer available.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Louis Presti, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Louis Presti
  • Produced by: Louis J. Presti, David S. Cohen, Rita Moonsammy
  • Cinematographer: Henry L. Sayen, Louis J. Presti
  • Sound: Jeff Reisly
  • Editor: James Walsh
  • Funding: Folk Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1984 New Jersey Network Production
  • 29mins, Color
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