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Build a rowboat with cardboard at Penobscot Marine Museum

Posted June 12, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
 The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge
Penobscot Marine Museum
 The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

SEARSPORT, Maine – If you have ever wanted to build your own rowboat,  you will want to come to the Cardboard Boat Workshop 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hamilton Learning Center, 89 East Main St. (Route 1) in Searsport. Admission is free.

You will learn how to build a cardboard boat which you can enter in the Cardboard Boat Challenge of the Rotary Club of Belfast Harbor Fest in August. On Saturday, June 21, you will learn how to design and assemble your boat, and on Sunday, June 22, you will seal and paint your boat.

The workshop is taught by Penobscot Marine Museum’s seasoned cardboard boat builder Lin Calista, and by Belfast Rotarians.  Some supplies will be available, but please bring your own cardboard, yard stick, paint brush, box cutter, and an idea for your boat design!  This workshop is open to all ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge is on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Steamboat Park in Belfast. Awards will be given in the usual categories and some unusual categories including a “Spirit Award” for the most spirited and best organized team (the looks of the boat don’t count), an “Almost Made It Award “ and a “Submarine Award” for the most spectacular sinking.

For more information on the Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge go to For more information on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Cardboard Boat Workshop go to or call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum on Route One in Searsport has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 19.


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