Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eva S. Cullison

The schooner Eva S. Cullison was built in 1888 in Baltimore, MD and was used at the time for the Bahama fruit trade.  At some point in her history, she was owned by my great great Grandfather John Aaron Jackson and was used in the Chesapeake Bay to fish oysters. 
Eventully the Eva S. Cullison ended up in Captain Swift's Windjammer fleet in Penobscot Bay in Maine sometime in the late 1940's.  Capt. Swift considered her to be among the best sailors in his fleet.  According to the information at, "Her sails had exceptionally deep reefs.  The club of that big jib was sheeted to a traveller across the the foredeck and things could get pretty wild there when coming about."

Postcard of the Eva S. Cullison

The Eva S. Cullison was taken out of service after the 1952 or 1953 season and was placed in her berth in Camden after 1954.  It was here in that famous artist Andrew Wyeth painted her.
Andrew Wyeth's The Slip

Sometime after she was retired from the Windjammer Fleet, the Eva S. Cullison was sold to an amusement park where she was used as a pirate ship themed attraction.  After that, she was nothing more than a dying hulk off Cape Ann Massachusetts.  The Maritime Museum in Mystic Connecticut had plans to restore the schooner if a sponsor could be found.  Sadly, the Eva S. Cullison was never restored and was eventually dismantled. 


  1. And I love history. Great job

  2. This interested me in that I remember this ship rotting away at the dock in Rockport, Mass. It was dismantled in the fall of 1968, when I was in the third grade. My friends and I went down the docks after school to watch it. Knowing more about its history was interesting also.