Boat conference to include tours, lectures, film

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, at 3:23 p.m.

SEARSPORT — Four days of boat history are on tap from Bath to Searsport in a double-bill event organized by Penobscot Marine Museum and the Museum Small Craft Association. Running through Saturday, Oct. 22, the programs will include presentations, tours of shipyards and boatyards, lectures, panel discussions, meals and networking.

The schedule is:

• Oct. 20, the Museum Small Craft Association will hold its annual meeting at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, with presentations on collecting, preserving, documenting and reproducing historic boats by scholars, museum professionals, educators and boat builders. Participants will also tour Bath Iron Works and enjoy a barbecue. Professional in nature, the meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the subject.

Friday, Oct. 21, the conference will go on the road, visiting boat shops Washburn Doughty in Boothbay Harbor, Lyman Morse in Thomaston and The Apprenticeshop in Rockland before arriving in Searsport for the beginning of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2011 history conference, Maine Boats and Builders: Old Ways and New.

Friday evening entertainment will be a screening of the documentary “Maine Built Boats: Art and Soul,” produced and narrated by ESPN commentator Gary Jobson, accompanied by a light meal and locally brewed refreshments.

The conference continues on Saturday, Oct. 22, with presentations on the history of Maine boat types and Maine boat builders. Scheduled topics include the evolution of the Maine lobster boat, a study of Maine peapods, Friendship sloops, the Gamage boatyard of South Bristol and an account of a major rebuilding project at the Thomaston boatyard of Newbert and Wallace.

Registration for all four days is $130, including several meals and snacks. Reduced-price tickets are available for the Penobscot Marine Museum history conference alone, with discounts offered for museum members, students and teachers. For more information or to register, visit http://www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org or call 548-2529.

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