Windjammer Parade, concert to mark 75th anniversary

Posted July 11, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — To celebrate the 75th anniversary of windjamming in America, the Maine Windjammer Association is pulling out all the stops to give windjammer guests and Rockland spectators an event to remember when more than a dozen windjammers will participate in a Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 15.

The event will include close-up views of the entire fleet, tours of the lighthouse, a flyover by the Owls Head Transportation Museum and free shuttle service between Harbor Plaza and the breakwater parking area.

For spectators who need help distinguishing a ketch from a schooner or a coaster from a pilot boat, Capt. Jim Sharp of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland, will narrate the parade over a PA system at the lighthouse.

After the parade, the windjammers will anchor off Sharp’s Point South, adjacent to the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in anticipation of the Gordon Bok and Friends concert at 7:30 p.m.. Bok will be joined by Nick Apollonio, folk musician and guitar-maker, along with other special guests. Admission is free, and there is plenty of parking at Snow Marine Park. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs for lawn seating.

As venue host, the museum will offer extended hours on Friday evening. Exhibits include a working lime kiln, shipbuilding displays, nautical tools, a navigation room, shipwreck photographs, a knot exhibit, architectural half-models, steam engines, antique machinery and more.

The Rockland windjammers in the Maine Windjammer Association will hold open houses 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Visitors may stop by North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Avenue) for tours of American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.

For more information, visit http://www.sailmainecoast.com/ .

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