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Schooner Mary Day celebrates 50 years of pleasure cruising

Passenger Paul Ernest of Lynnfield, Mass., left, takes a turn at the helm during a three-day cruise on the schooner Mary Day on Penobscot Bay off Camden, Maine.
Passenger Paul Ernest of Lynnfield, Mass., left, takes a turn at the helm during a three-day cruise on the schooner Mary Day on Penobscot Bay off Camden, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP
Olivia Trankina of Marietta, Ga., and Liz Archibald of Clarks Summit, Penn., leap from the bowsprit of the schooner Mary Day in Bucks Harbor in South Brooksville, Maine.
Olivia Trankina of Marietta, Ga., and Liz Archibald of Clarks Summit, Penn., leap from the bowsprit of the schooner Mary Day in Bucks Harbor in South Brooksville, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The 90-foot Mary Day, the first schooner in the Maine windjammer fleet built specifically to accommodate passengers, celebrates its 50th season this year.

Associated Press photographer, Robert F. Bukaty, created these images on Aug. 3, and were made available to NBCNews.com today.

The schooner Mary Day, right, sails in a schooner race with other members of Maine's windjammer fleet off Rockland, Maine.
The schooner Mary Day, right, sails in a schooner race with other members of Maine's windjammer fleet off Rockland, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP
Passenger Paul Ernest of Lynnfield, Mass., left, takes a turn at the helm during a three-day cruise on the schooner Mary Day on Penobscot Bay off Camden, Maine.
Passenger Paul Ernest of Lynnfield, Mass., left, takes a turn at the helm during a three-day cruise on the schooner Mary Day on Penobscot Bay off Camden, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP
Captain Barry King, on the guitar, joins passengers Sarah Washburn, playing violin, and her husband, Ryan Jesperson, during a musical evening aboard the Mary Day off Ilseboro, Maine.
Captain Barry King, on the guitar, joins passengers Sarah Washburn, playing violin, and her husband, Ryan Jesperson, during a musical evening aboard the Mary Day off Ilseboro, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP
The schooner Mary Day sits at anchor in the morning fog off South Brooksville, Maine.
The schooner Mary Day sits at anchor in the morning fog off South Brooksville, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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