Maine's Historic Schooners

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Along the rocky shoals of Penobscot Bay, Maine, a fleet of sailing vessels has been guiding visitors through the picturesque surroundings for decades.

The Maine Windjammer Association has restored several vessels from Maine's commercial history that now offer a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. So leave your laptops on land.

Passengers can join the crew onboard for a few days or a week. For some, it is a time to relax. Others may choose to take the helm as the wind pulls the ship through the calm waters of the Maine coast.

And all meals are included but you better leave your diets at home. The food includes hearty soups, homemade breads and desserts - and, of course, lots of Maine lobster.

These are stately schooners with sturdy beams and polished brass, and acres of canvas. Some of them - like the Victory Chimes - are historic landmarks, built originally to haul cargo.

The windjammers preserve a simpler way of life where natural beauty abounds.

  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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