Schooner Hindu, by Denise Avallon (2007).

Schooner Hindu, by Denise Avallon (2007).

Though her hailing port is now Key West, the wood-hulled, 62-foot schooner Hindu will long be regarded proudly as Provincetown’s own. Designed by William Hand Jr., she was built as Princess Pat by Hodgdon Brothers in East Boothbay, Me., in 1925. She also sailed as Saispas and Anna Lee Ames before receiving her current name in 1938 on a voyage to India. After U-boat patrol in World War II, she was purchased by Albert Avellar Jr. and pressed into charter service. Avellar’s uncle, Justin, bought her in 1960. John Bennett, spearhead of the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta, took over in 1988. He died aboard the boat in 2002. Kevin Foley bought her in 2004 and restored her, but lost her to an investment partner who lost her to lenders. William Rowan bought her at auction in 2011. His son, Josh, rebuilt her in 2011-12 and is now the skipper.

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