Pilgrim, a three-masted schooner that was a full-sized replica of the merchant ship that Richard Henry Dana detailed in his classic novel Two Years Before the Mast, keeled overnight between Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 and sunk in her slip at Dana Point Harbor.

Ocean Institute president Wendy Marshall said the Pilgrim is “incapacitated beyond repair.”

The original Pilgrim was constructed in 1825 and sailed from Boston to California for cattle hide trade in 1834. This Pilgrim, a replica, was built in 1945 in Denmark for lumber trade. In 1975, the ship sailed to Lisbon where it was converted to its latest rig. The replica Pilgrim came to Dana Point Harbor in September 1981 to serve as a classroom for students at the Ocean Institute. The Pilgrim provided national award-winning living history programs to the students and helped celebrate maritime history in the annual Tall Ships Festival each September.

Dana Point’s Ocean Institute’s Pilgram Sinks