Apollonia is a 64-foot steel-hulled schooner built in Baltimore, MD in 1946. She’s designed to move efficiently through the water and built with rugged ¼” thick steel plating making her ideal for what we’re trying to do. Powered by a traditional gaff-rig sail plan designed by the naval architect J Murray Watts, with a 15’ beam, she’s ready to be a stout work boat that’s capable of carrying 20,000 lbs of cargo. The powerful sail plan will carry her along in almost any breeze. Being a schooner, the crew requirements are smaller, and the variety of sails gives us flexibility for different conditions that we’ll encounter on the river. She also has a Detroit Diesel engine that we are converting to run on used vegetable oil, so that when we need auxiliary power to be punctual or safe we can remain carbon-neutral. We’re supplementing the traditional art of sailing with modern innovation to make a highly capable repurposed vessel.