Marlinspike is a quarterly, glossy, color magazine, devoted to the traditional sailing vessels that carry passengers and trainees along the North American coast.
Our focus is on the vessels themselves — schooners, ships, brigs, barques, sloops — and the sailors and volunteers who sail, maintain, and support them. We also write about boatbuilders, educators, sailmakers, curators and historians. We help spread the word about opportunities for the public to get involved with Tall Ships, and to sail on them to ports both familiar and exotic.
Mike Rutstein, the publisher of Marlinspike, has been sailing since he was 11. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He started his own publishing company in 1990 at age 25 and since then has produced a variety of sports periodicals, most notably Boston Baseball, the best-selling publication on the Boston Red Sox.
In 2002 he used the proceeds from his publishing business to finance the construction of FAME, a replica of the first American privateer to take a prize during the War of 1812. The Chebacco-style oak-on-oak schooner was launched from the H. A. Burnham Boatyard in Essex, MA in 2003. Based in its historic home port of Salem, FAME offers public sails, private charters, and the popular Schooner Camp day-camp program.