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Historical society, MMA team up to sponsor schooner Bowdoin ‘open boat’ event

CASTINE, Maine — One of the few days when Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin is at her home berth this summer has been set aside for a special “Open Boat” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, July 27.

In conjunction with the boat tours, the Castine Historical Society will expand its seasonal exhibit, “Schooner Bowdoin on the Greenland Patrol,” to the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront.

The schooner’s captain and crew, MMA faculty, historical society members and others involved in developing the exhibit about the vessel’s extraordinary World War II service will be on hand to answer questions.

The Bowdoin, a 91-year-old two-masted wooden schooner and National Historic Landmark, has been owned and operated by MMA since 1988.

The exhibit highlights the Bowdoin’s time on the Greenland Patrol as well as her earlier and more recent voyages to the Arctic. Artifacts and memorabilia from MMA, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College and private collections offer insights into the vessel’s history and the compelling stories of her officers and crew. Objects on display will include the original “ice-barrel” used as a lookout on the schooner’s foremast, navigational tools, period charts, models of the Bowdoin and interactive displays.

The Castine Historical Society is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, through Labor Day, with fall hours to be announced.

For information, visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org, email info@castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 326-4118.

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