The Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland will host a visit by the schooner Bowdoin, the official vessel of the State of Maine and the flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy. Visitors will be able to take dockside tours of the recently renovated 98-year-old schooner the weekend of September 28 to 29.
The weekend will include a dockside tour of the schooner on September 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rockland public landing. The Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, will host a reception and panel discussion on Saturday, September 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the significance, past and future of the Bowdoin. The panel will include Captain Jim Sharp, the founder and director of the museum; Genevieve LeMoine, curator at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College; and Captain Will McLean, Maine Maritime Academy’s current captain of the schooner.
The Bowdoin has figured prominently in the sailing history of Captain Sharp. His and Admiral Donald Baxter MacMillan’s friendship began in the late 1960s, when Sharp rescued the Bowdoin from a decade of neglect and towed it to Camden for restoration. When the schooner was sail-worthy, in 1971, Sharp sailed it past MacMillan’s Cape Cod home so he could once again see the vessel that had carried researchers to the Arctic on multiple trips from 1921 to 1953. Historic artifacts donated by MacMillan to Sharp are a highlight of the collections at the museum.
Recent renovations have prepared the historic vessel for new Arctic expeditions to be conducted by the Maine Maritime Academy.
For more inormation, contact the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at 701-7627 or email@example.com.