ROCKLAND, Maine — To celebrate the 75th anniversary of windjamming in America, the Maine Windjammer Association is sponsoring a parade of vessels and free concert on Friday, July 15.
More than a dozen windjammers are expected to participate from 2 to 4 p.m. in a Parade of Sails past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater.
Friday afternoon also will feature tours of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a flyover by the Owls Head Transportation Museum and free shuttle service between Harbor Plaza (behind Machias Savings Bank) and the Breakwater parking area.
Using a public address system at the lighthouse during the parade, Capt. Jim Sharp of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will identify the various vessels sailing by.
After the parade, the windjammers will anchor off Sharp’s Point South, adjacent to the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at 75 Mechanic St. in anticipation of a 7:30 p.m. concert by Gordon Bok and Friends. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs for lawn seating.
As venue host, the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will also offer extended hours on Friday evening for visitors. 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 host open houses 2 to 4 p.m Saturday, July 16. Visitors can stop by North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Avenue) for tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.
For information about the Windjammer Lighthouse Parade and Gordon Bok & Friends concert, visit www.sailmainecoast.com.