This three-masted topsail
schooner Tole Mour has been docked at
Seattle's Pier 90 across from Norm's Pier 89
Although it looks like a traditional old wooden
schooner, it actually
was built in 1988 at Whidbey Island's Nichols
Brothers Boat Builders
in Freeland, WA, near Norm's home, with a steel
hull. air conditioning
and modern electronic navigation equipment.
The Tole Mour is currently owned
by Guided Discoveries of nonprofit
Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) who use
it for their Tall Ship
Expeditions program which runs sail training and
marine science trips
to the Channel Islands off southern California
for students age 10-17.
Their website is http://www.guideddiscoveries.org.
The Tole Mour was originally
owned by the nonprofit Hawaii-based
Marimed Foundation, who built it to provide
health care and education in the
Marshal Islands. The ship's name is Marshallese
for "gift of life and health".
In 1996, the Tole Mour became part of the
Kailana-Kokokahi Program for
emotionally impaired youth in Hawaii.
The ship is 156 feet long and
spreads 9,000 square feet of sail.
Fellow PhotoWorks programmer
Louie Bergsagel snapped the three digital
camera photos below as it sailed away into