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Wolf, Flagship of the Conch Republic (Charter)
The WOLF is a classic 74’ topsail schooner built in 1982-1983 in Panama City, Florida by Master builder Willis Ray and Finbar Gittelman, Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic. Designed by Merit Walter, the WOLF is a Norfolk Rover class steel hull schooner.
Home ported at Safe Harbour Marina in Downtown Stock Island/Key West, the vessel is owned and operated by Key West Packet Lines, Inc.
The WOLF is patterned after the blockade runners that plied the waters of the Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 19th century.
U.S.C.G. certified for 44 passengers for day sails, 20 passengers coast wise and six passengers for international voyages, the WOLF has a cargo capacity of 20 tons.
VESSEL SPECIFICS Registry: United States
HISTORY Often serving as lead vessel in local harbor parades and traditional events and has been showcased in many films and documentaries. With Admiral Finbar at the helm and 'Blossom' (Julie McEnroe, his 'other half') by his side, the WOLF has sailed extensively the waters of the Bahamas, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and East Coast.
Over the years, the WOLF has attended numerous seaport festivals, including Hampton, Virginia’s 1985 Harborfest; OpSail Miami 2000; Cayman Islands’ Pirates Week Festival 2000; Tampa’s 2001 Gasparilla Festival; Americas’ Sail 2002 (Port Antonio, Ochos Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica and St. Petersburg, Florida); Sail Mobile Tricentennial Celebration 2002; Cayman Islands Quincentennial 2003; the 2005 Lee Island Pirates Festival in Fort Myers, Florida; Beaufort, North Carolina' Americas’ Sail 2006, Green Turtle Cay’s 2006 and 2007 Island Roots Festival and the 2007 Oceans Institute's World Oceans Conference in St. Pete, Florida.
Known for her humanitarian Missions of Mercy, the WOLF has taken cargos of relief supplies (donated by the people of Key West and the Florida Keys) to Port Antonio, Jamaica after Hurricane Gilbert; Guanaja, Honduras after Hurricane Mitch; Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas after Hurricane Floyd; and to West End, Grand Bahama after Hurricanes Jeanne & Ivan.
In 1998, she carried 40 members of The Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage to Cuba, helping them continue their historic journey of retracing that infamous slavery route.
Each year the WOLF returns to Key West Harbor for the annual Pirates in Paradise Festival in November/December and Conch Republic Independence Celebration in April.
Key West’s own pirate ship (and the ASA's southernmost member!) the WOLF travels the high seas seeking fun and adventure and is available for charter by the hour, day, week or month.
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