The Schooner Ladona was launched in 1922 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, as a private yacht for the Loring family. Named for the Civil War gunship upon which Homer Loring’s father served, she cruised the eastern seaboard, racing occasionally, beloved by the Loring family. She went on to win her class in the 1923 Bermuda’s cup. During WWII she served with the US Navy as a submarine patrol out of New York Harbor. After the war she was renamed the Jane Doré and worked as a fishing dragger out of Stonington, Connecticut. She was renovated in 1971 as a sail-training vessel, renamed the Nathaniel Bowditch, and eventually entered the Maine Windjammer fleet. Forty years later, under the loving stewardship of Captain Noah and Jane Barnes, she is being restored to her original ocean-yacht glory and name. Schooner Ladona is a classic beauty, a shining symbol of America's proud sailing heritage, and a touchstone to the Golden Age of Sail.