New England Masts and the King’s Broad Arrow

Posted June 28, 2012, at 9:57 a.m.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street, Castine, Maine

For more information: Darren French; (207) 326-9247;

During the age of sail, New England pine trees were felled, limbed, and transported across land and sea to become masts for the English Royal Navy. On Tuesday, July 10, 3 p.m. at the Wilson Museum on 120 Perkins Street in Castine, Sam Manning will explore the history and process of the colonial New England mast trade. This program will include a discussion of the “Broad Arrow,” a symbol that marked American pines for exclusive use by England. The lecture will be illustrated using sixteen of Sam’s world-renowned, meticulously detailed maritime drawings that he created for Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s documentary “Home to the Sea.”

Sam Manning is an author, illustrator, and former boat-builder. His drawings have appeared in books, magazines and film, including “The Dory Book” by John Gardner, and Sam Manning’s own publication “New England Masts and the King’s Broad Arrow.” He currently lives in Camden, Maine with his wife Susan.

For more information contact Wilson Museum at 207-326-9247 or