Buy a Piece of Windjammer History

September 26, 2008

If any optimistic Jammers are still in denial about the demise of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, this weekend's auction will erase any doubts in their minds. As reported in the Miami Herald, on Saturday and Sunday, Miami's Auction Company of America will auction off 10,000 items belonging to the cruise company.

For all you non-Jammers out there, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises offered a nontraditional, uber-casual cruising experience on masted sailing vessels in the Caribbean and Central America. Its passengers were well known for drinking rum swizzles and mooning what they considered "foo foo" cruise ships. However, financial difficulties forced the line to cancel cruises and lose its license to sell travel.

Items up for auction are fittingly eclectic: memorabilia, paintings, office furniture, items from the ship's stores, even wine glasses and lifeboats. The ships themselves are not yet up for auction, but if liens filed by suppliers and crew aren't satisfied, the abandoned vessels may soon be on the auction block as well.

So if you want some nostalgic logo items or are looking to redecorate with marine bronzes, the auction will take place September 27 and 28 at 1 p.m. each day at 1759 Bay Road in Miami. And remember -- it's really not polite to moon the auctioneer.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor