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Visit the Schooner Bowdoin at Sail, Power and Steam Museum - Sept 28

Posted September 19, 2019

The Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a visit by the official vessel of the State of Maine, and the flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy, the Schooner “Bowdoin”. Visitors will be able to take dockside tours of the recently renovated 98-year-old Schooner “Bowdoin”. The Sail, Power and Steam Museum will host an open gam (discussion) on Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 from 5 PM to 7 PM to celebrate the significance, past, and future of the “Bowdoin”. The Sail, Power and Steam Museum is located at 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland.

For Capt. Jim Sharp, the Schooner “Bowdoin” has figured brightly in his sailing history, and not surprisingly historic artifacts donated by Admiral Donald MacMillan to Capt. Sharp are now a highlight of the collections at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. Capt. Sharp and Admiral MacMillan’s friendship began in the late 1960s, when Capt. Jim Sharp rescued and restored the Schooner “Bowdoin”. Once she was sail worthy in 1971, Capt. Sharp sailed her past Admiral Donald MacMillan’s Cape Cod home so he could once again see this amazing vessel that had carried researchers to the Arctic from 1921-1953.

In the same spirit, Maine Maritime Academy will sail the “Bowdoin” to Rockland the weekend of Sept 28-29, 2019.

  • Enjoy a dockside tour of the historic Schooner “Bowdoin” on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Rockland City landing.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5 PM to 7 PM, attend a reception and panel discussion about the significance, history and future of the “Bowdoin” at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. The panel discussion will include Capt. Jim Sharp, Genevieve LeMoine, curator at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, and Capt. Will McLean, current Maine Maritime Academy’s Captain of the Schooner “Bowdoin”. This will be held in the Sail, Power and Steam Museum’s conference room, and light refreshments will be provided.