Schooner Bowdoin topic of Maine Maritime Academy exhibit

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy’s historic schooner Bowdoin, known for its 28 Arctic voyages, will be the subject of a 2012 exhibit.

Since its launch in 1921, the Bowdoin has left in its wake tales of adventure and exploration from its Arctic voyages. During World War II, Bowdoin served as a U.S. Naval vessel.

Next year’s exhibit will reveal the schooner’s previously uncelebrated contributions to the strategic operations of the Coast Guard and Navy during World War II as part of the Greenland Patrol.

That effort by the United States to support Greenland during the Nazi occupation of its mother country, Denmark, relied heavily upon private and nonmilitary vessels.

The Bowdoin serves as Maine Maritime’s traditional sail-training flagship.

The exhibit at the Castine Historical Society will run from June 25 through Oct. 15.

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