Last weekend, the long and storied career of the gorgeous Schooner Zodiac was celebrated with a 90th Birthday Bash that included free tours of the ship at her berth in Bellingham, Washington and an afternoon sail that stretched well into the evening.

The gorgeous Schooner Zodiac at sail in Bellingham Bay on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Chris Wallace

The gorgeous Schooner Zodiac at sail in Bellingham Bay on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Chris Wallace

Lovingly maintained by Captain Tim Mehrer and his crew, fans of the Zodiac (including yours truly) flock to this ship each year to participate in evening sails or full-blown, multi-night trips. How badly to people fall in love with this vessel? Many of her current crew of volunteers first interacted with her as guests, while others are sailing veterans despite only being in their early 20’s.

Port Captain Chris Wallace was kind enough to send us two photos she took from her own vessel of the Zodiac underway, and we’ve included some of our own favorite photos of this stunning schooner!

Zodiac underway on April 26, 2014. She celebrates her 90th birthday this year. Photo courtesy of Chris Wallace.

Zodiac underway on April 26, 2014. She celebrates her 90th birthday this year. Photo courtesy of Chris Wallace.

With sails fully up, the Zodiac heels over and catches the strong wind blowing from the north. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

With sails fully up, the Zodiac heels over and catches the strong wind blowing from the north. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

At the helm. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

At the helm. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Built in 1924, the Schooner Zodiac is a living, breathing time capsule. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Built in 1924, the Schooner Zodiac is a living, breathing time capsule. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Schooner Zodiac's cozy Chart Room. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Schooner Zodiac’s cozy Chart Room. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Step onboard for a truly classic sailing experience! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The even-cozier lounge – though most guests take their meals on-deck when the weather is nice! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Enjoying a glass of wine aboard the Schooner Zodiac while at our evening anchorage near Frost Island. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Enjoying a glass of wine aboard the Schooner Zodiac while at our evening anchorage near Frost Island. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Sunset aboard the Schooner Zodiac; a magical moment. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Sunset aboard the Schooner Zodiac; a magical moment. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

You can view the Zodiac’s entire 2014 itinerary by clicking here, along with details of their multi-night themed voyages that include brewery tours, vineyard visits, and even a special musical cruise this August featuring San Francisco-based singer Forest Sun. The Schooner Zodiac is celebrating this particular itinerary by letting guests take 90 bucks off their fare in honor of the Zodiac’s 90 years of sailing!

Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Click here to see what a San Juan Brewery Cruise is like aboard the Schooner Zodiac, or click here to read all about our San Juan Vineyards visit aboard the Zodiac in 2012!

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