Glory of the Seas

Friday, Aug 27, 4-6 pm ~ Special Invitation

LIYC members are invited aboard Lopez’s own topsail schooner Thursday, August 27, from 4-6 p.m., for an afternoon of wine tasting and conversations with the ship’s crew and some of Lopez’s producers and creators who have a strong interest in the Glory’s future. She will be anchored in Parks Bay; members will be shuttled from their boats to the Glory – the last creation of one of the Northwest’s most respected shipwrights, Frank Prothero.

About the Ship

Prothero modeled the Glory on 19th century cargo trading schooners that connected coastal communities from Seattle to Juneau, but fitting for a labor of love, the ship’s design has features from its namesake, Donald McKay’s 1869 clipper ship. Now, a group of passionate people is working to restore the vessel for a modern day role and will be on hand to describe the process. Learn more at

About the Event

Lopez Island Vineyards wine will be served, accompanied by Barn Owl bread and locally-made cheeses. Other local creators such as Ursa Minor Ferments, Ship Supply, and Barnacle Bags will have products envisioned as part of the Glory’s future. Amy Hildebrand, Director of the Lopez Island Museum and maritime historian/author Jeremey Snapp will be sources of historic details related to the vessel and general San Juan Islands history.

But mostly, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer aboard an incredible tall ship that could become part of the Lopez community. After refitting, the Glory has many possible roles: sail training for Lopez youth, platform for exploration for artists and scientists, and sail cargo trading throughout the Puget Sound and between Washington and Alaska.

Attendance is Limited!
RSVP to by Sunday, August 22

Glory of the Seas in Fisherman Bay

Learn more at

~ Article written Trevor Snapp and presented to the LIYC by member, Shirwin Smith

About our LIYC Member, Shirwin Smith

Shirwin came to our club with long background with the National Park Service, including 3 years with the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco, after which she founded a rowing club in Sausalito, CA. She managed that for many years while participating in long distance open water rowing events up and down the west coast.

After moving to Lopez Island, she purchased her first power boat and has undauntedly, with the help of a number of LIYC members, fast-tracked her navigational knowledge, while single handing her 25SC Ranger Tug, “Blue Moon.” We do not doubt that her nautical endeavors will continue to expand, now that she has purchased her 2nd power boat, an Aspen C90, “Blue Moon, Too.”

Don’t forget to make reservations for the Glory of the Seas event. Space is limited.

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