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Flag USA
Rig Schooner
Homeport Chicago, IL
Sparred Length 77'
LOA 57'
LOD 54'
LWL 49'
Draft 6' 6
Beam 17' 6
Rig Height 73'
Freeboard 4' 6
Sail Area 2100 square feet
Tons 41 GRT
Power 1, 4BT Cummings, 155 HP diesel
Hull Wood
Red Witch is typical of the schooners that once plied Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. She was built in the tradition of the schooners which were the workhorses of America’s 19th century transportation system. Designed by John G. Alden, the Red Witch has a hull of cyprus on oak, wooden blocks, and a gaff rig.

Although traditional in appearance, the schooner was purpose-built for charter and day cruise service. She has full amenities for up to 49 passengers. Red Witch's home port is Chicago, since 2004. She has sailed as far as Hawaii and worked in San Diego before coming to the Great Lakes. As Ohio’s Bicentennial flagship, she represented the state on goodwill cruises to Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois as well as Ontario, Canada during 2003. In 2006 and 2010, she represented the city of Chicago in their Tall Ships® Festival.

In addition to private charters and daysails, Red Witch offers Chicago Special Event cruises, weekly evening fireworks sails, and freshwater whale watching, which is a rare sight indeed!
Who Sails Elementary School,
Middle School,
High School,
Individuals Under 25,
Adults (25 and over),
Mainstream Admissions,
Other: private parties
Program Type Passenger Trade: Day Sails
Education In cooperation with accredited institutions,
In cooperation with other organized groups,
Marine Science,
Maritime History
Affiliated Schools  
Affiliated Groups  
Cruising Waters: Summer Great Lakes
Cruising Waters: Winter Not Sailed
Season May to October
Designer John Alden
Built 1986
Coast Guard Certification Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
Crew 3
Trainees & Passengers 49 day passages, 0 overnight
Contact Person Captain Andrew Sadock
Organization Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC
Address 3738 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613 US
Telephone 1 (312) 469-0233
e-mail chicagoredwitch@gmail.com
Website www.redwitch.com/default2.aspx
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