Schooner Ruth – Vision Statement

The sail cargo ship Schooner Ruth, named for an indefatigable daughter of the Canadian Maritimes was conceived and constructed in Barbados by Barbadian and OECS Caribbean craftsmen based on the Canadian grand banks schooner Bluenose of 1921. She will replicate historic Caribbean regional trading routes using state of art wind and solar electrical systems to minimize carbon footprint in her operation. Schooner Ruth will provide accredited seamanship and traditional sail training opportunities for young adults ages 18-25. Schooner Ruth will represent select Barbadian brands through her cargo shipping capacity of 25 metric tons and her hi profile operation and will seek to promote and enhance the regional supply chain for fresh and perishable produce. The launch of Schooner Ruth in December, 2014 an incremental but meaningful step toward the advancement of the cause of sustainable international shipping and the promotion of hybrid wind/power cargo vessels such as the Ecoliner concept, The Sail Training Program has been designed by Schooner Ruth to celebrate the ties of Barbados and the Windward Islands, Guyana in South America, New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

Schooner Ruth Operations

Although many of our interested followers are already aware, SV Ruth has wonderfully exciting news – she has completed her Maiden sea trial voyages loading flagstone ballast in St Vincent with her Master and Sail Instructor – Gerrit Scheper; a bajan and 7th generation Schooner Captain! As of next month September we will publish and start our Tall Ship Crew training programme as well as guest crew programme sailing everywhere across the Eastern Caribbean … including, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St.Lucia, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St.Barts, Antigua, Saint Martin! … Read More


Bluenose, Grand Bank Schooner

Schooner Ruth Launch

Schooner Ruth Partners

Every industry in Barbados is experiencing challenging times; it is vital that companies can differentiate themselves and lead by example. Promoting your company and Barbados through sustainable energy (wind & solar) and helping reduce the carbon footprint in our region are very powerful initiatives. Endorsing Barbados through a green lifestyle and supporting the training and education of young Barbadians through employment opportunities is crucial.

We hope the ideals of the Caribbean Sail Cargo Initiative and Schooner Ruth fit the corporate mission, values and business policies of your Company. Our ultimate goal is collaboration with a few select Barbados Manufacturers and Distributors to help us achieve the operational stage, planned for February 2015 and we invite Companies of like mind and mission to contact our President, Mr. Ian Dash on 246 256 6688 in order to find and discuss mutually beneficial ideas that can expand this worthwhile venture.

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Recent Updates

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The continuing voyages of S.V. RUTH: February 2018


Peace All, This is my first blog posting and hope you will be forgiving of any blogging etiquette that I may break. RUTH has had several Caribbean sailing passages since.. read more

Swift move to deliver supplies – RUTH on Road Bay Pier Anguilla on return trip after delivering hurricane relief


Captain Gerrit Scheper has thrown out a lifeline to the victims of Hurricane Irma throughout the Caribbean. He was in the process of preparing SV Ruth, the first Schooner built.. read more

New Deck Paint


Recently returned from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia, St Lucia to home we renewed the anti slip deck coatings with a lovely Dijon mustard hue carefully mixed for us.. read more