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About Ship Modeling with BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuck

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

The fascinating world of exquisite wooden ship models, which has devotees around the world, will be explained on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum.  BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuk will talk about model ship design and types construction, styles of finished models, the history and purpose of model ships, functional models versus hobby uses, and model materials.   About Ship Modeling will be in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. View event listing.

BlueJacket Shipcrafters has is the oldest model ship and boat company in the U.S., and has been in business since 1905.  Nic Damuk has been a modeler for sixty years, and has been making ship models for thirty years.  He has a BS in Physics and an MBA in Marketing, and lived in Connecticut his whole life until purchasing BlueJacket Shipcrafters in Searsport last fall.

Penobscot Marine Museum has an extensive collection of ship and boat models.

The museum is in Searsport, Maine and has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Historic Catsup at Searsport Farmers’ Market

Marilyn Cleveland, owner of  Marilyn’s Jam Session, recently unearthed a century old recipe from her great Aunt Florence for Grape Catsup, which Aunt Florence made on her farm in New Gloucester, Maine in the early 20th century. Before the advent of Tomato Ketchup, many farmers’ wives made a spiced catsup from whatever fruit was available.  With offers of wild grapes from neighboring farms in Penobscot, Horsepower Farm and Quill’s End Farm, Marilyn made a  grape catsup based on great Aunt Florence’s recipe which she calls Conquered Grape.   Marilyn and her husband Scott give tastes of the catsup to their customers at farmers’ markets, who find it irresistible.

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Another historic recipe which Marilyn is reviving is for rose hip flavored syrup.  Marilyn’s Beach Rose is made with local wild beach roses.   Rose hips are especially high in vitamin C, and have been eaten for generations for their health benefits.  Using local ingredients, Marilyn makes small batches, and her first batch of seventeen bottles of Beach Rose was sold in a few days.

Marilyn’s Jam Session was founded six years ago, with such unusual jams including a wild blueberry and lime called Blueberry Riff, a half and half wild blackberry and blueberry jelly called Blackberry Blues, a super-hot pepper jam made with Bulgarian carrot peppers called Bulgarian Bebop, and an orange and habanera combination called Orange Up!.  Marilyn’s husband, Scott, is a jazz pianist and names the jams.  Since its launch Marilyn has developed nearly twenty varieties of jam, jelly, preserves, spreads and relishes.

Marilyn’s Jam Session can be found every Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Searsport Farmers’ Market on Route One.  For more information on Marilyn’s Jam Session email or visit, or Marilyn’s Jam Session Facebook page:

Go Lobstering with Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw, photo by Dennis Welch

Linda Greenlaw, photo by Dennis Welch

A lobstering trip with Linda Greenlaw is one of the many exciting items in the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on July 19th. You can also bid on a chance to spend a day on Penobscot Bay with Hamilton Marine owner Wayne Hamilton in his 36’ pilot boat, or take a ride in one of the Penobscot Bay Tractor Tugboats with Capt. Doug Fournier. The Shellback Dinghy, designed by Joel White and built by Searsport District High School students this spring is in the auction, as well as a handbag designed by Stella McCartney, trips on the Schooner American Eagle and the Schooner Heritage, antiques, jewelry, paintings, and much more.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Publisher John K. Hanson, Jr. and the magazine’s Editor in Chief Polly Saltonstall are being honored by the Penobscot Marine Museum at this year’s Gala, for their many years of work promoting and supporting Maine’s maritime culture. Hanson started Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine in 1987, founded the website USHarbors, is an active part of Maine Built Boats and the Maine Marine Trades Association, and served more than eight years as a trustee of the Penobscot Marine Museum. Saltonstall has been editor in chief at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors since last July. Previously she wrote about the state’s waterfront for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Cooking Light Magazine and WoodenBoat. She has served as trustee at the Penobscot Marine Museum for almost 20 years.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s biennial Gala & Auction fundraiser provides support for an array of exhibitions, programs and educational initiatives, including 2014’s seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events. The museum has a three acre, ten building campus on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

The Gala & Auction begin at 5:30 pm and includes cocktails, Silent Auction, dinner, Live Auction, dancing, music by Interplay. Online bidding on items in the Silent Auction opens Friday, July 4, at 6:00 am at To bid on items in the Live Auction, you may attend the Gala & Auction or arrange to call in on the night of the Gala & Auction. To buy tickets for the Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th go to our Gala & Auction page or call 207-548-2529.

Maine Port Pilots Remember Capt. Bill Abbott at Penobscot Marine Museum

Thursday, July 10, at 7:00 pm at the monthly Maine Boatbuilding Forum, Maine’s port pilots will gather to share their memories and honor the legacy of Captain William Abbott. Capt. Abbott, who passed away this year, was a 1945 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy. He spent fifty years piloting vessels into many ports including those of the Penobscot River and Bay. Many of Maine’s port pilots were mentored by Capt. Abbott. They will share memories and lessons learned from Capt. Abbott as they honor his legacy of providing safe passage through difficult waters. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted towards the digitization of the Capt. Bill Abbott Photography Collection at Penobscot Marine Museum.


To give the public an opportunity to meet boat builders and boat captains, the Maine Boatbuilding Forum is held monthly at Penobscot Marine Museum. It is held in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. For more information visit our events listings or call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Summer Crafts and Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum

Summer activities for children and adults begin this July at Penobscot Marine Museum. Wednesdays and Fridays are Children’s Program days, and Thursdays are Artisan Days, demonstrations of 19th century crafts. Artisan Days is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine, and is sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group of designers, builders, cabinetmakers and caretakers. The Penobscot Marine Museum programs are free with museum admission, and museum admission is free for Searsport residents.

Wednesday, July 9th and July 23rd, from 11:00 am to noon, the Children’s Program is The Mighty Cod, a hands-on program to uncover the secrets of cod, how the early colonists fished, preserved and cooked this unique fish. Discover the mysteries of the fishing grounds and why explorers risked their lives looking for cod with educator and author Mayra Donnell, in PMM’s Peapod.

Artisan Days begin on Thursday, July 10th with weaver and spinner Alice Seeger demonstrating her craft on the museum campus from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come try your hand at weaving and spinning on a Great Wheel! Alice will be on campus again with her spinning wheels and weaving looms on Thursday, July 24th for Artisan Days.

Stuart Little, by E.B.White

Stuart Little, by E.B.White

Friday, July 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm the Children’s Program, Happy Birthday E.B. White!, is a birthday celebration for beloved Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White. Join us for a reading from Stuart Little, a look at E.B.White’s boat in our collection, birthday cake and a craft project. In PMM’s Peapod.

On Wednesday, July 16, from 11:00 am to noon, our Children’s Program is Making Candles. Make your very own candles the way the early settlers made theirs, with educator and craftsperson Alice Seeger. In PMM’s Peapod.

Potter Asha Fen will be on campus for Artisan Days on Thursday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with her portable potter’s wheel. Watch her mold her clay into plates and bowls, using techniques potters have used for thousands of years.

On Friday, July 18, at 10:30 am the Children’s Program: Art in the Gallery will take you into the museum galleries to make your own museum-inspired art work!

Join us on Friday, July 25, at 10:30 am for our Children’s Reading Corner, for a reading of excerpts from the classic Little Fisherman. In PMM’s Peapod.

On Wednesday, July 30, from 11:00 to noon, a University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center educator will lead the Children’s Program: Build a Wind Platform. In this hands-on program, children learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive UMaine research program in deepwater offshore wind power. In PMM’s Peapod.

For more information on Artisan Days at Boothbay Railway Village, go to or call 207.633.4727.

For more information about Artisan Days and Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum visit our events listings or call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum

Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014
Searsport, Maine
8:30am — 3:30pm

This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had existed for decades in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

Workshop faculty will include local historians, educators and museum/archives professionals. The program will also include visits to early American fortifications and sites of interest.

The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at or (617) 646-0557.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hancock County Photography Exhibit Travels to Sedgwick

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye will be at the Sedgwick Town Meeting House, 574 North Sedgwick Rd., Sedgwick, from Monday, July 1st through Thursday, July 31st.  There will be an opening reception on Monday, July 1st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  This exhibit is hosted by the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society and admission is free.

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye is part of the Blue Hill peninsula’s Touring Through Time: Keeping Our Past Present series of events and exhibits featured at area historical societies and museums this summer.  “This exhibit definitely helps to keep our past present,” says Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photography Archivist.   “People love to see what has changed, or not, over time.  And seeing photographs of their town in a travelling exhibit sparks a pride of place and an interest in local history.”

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

An online exhibit on the museum’s website includes many additional Hancock County images.   This exhibit is also online on the Maine Memory Network.

The photographs in Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved.  A century ago the founder of Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.   This makes the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos aesthetically beautiful and historically important.

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives.   The Penobscot Marine Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.  The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

For more information go to  For exhibit hours call 207-359-8900.

Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Cooking with Fire at Penobscot Marine Museum

 Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

On Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 pm, food historian and wood-fired oven builder Paula Marcoux will talk about her new book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking, at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery. Cooking with Fire is a comprehensive and often humorous examination of live-fire cooking across cultures and throughout the ages, with over 100 recipes, and copies will be available for Paula to sign.

Paula Marcoux is a consultant for museums, film producers, and publishers. Her training is in archaeology and cooking, and she enjoys applying the knowledge of past cooks and artisans to today’s food experience. She builds wood-fired ovens both experimentally and for use, and gives workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. For more information go to our event listing or call 207-548-2529.

Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project at Penobscot Marine Museum

Merchant mariners have contributed significantly to the security and prosperity of the nation. In order to record and preserve the stories of merchant mariners, Seamen’s Church Institute has researchers across the US conducting interviews with these mariners for the American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project. The Penobscot Marine Museum is partnering with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) to host a day of oral history interviews on June 24, 2014, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library (11 Church St., Searsport, ME).


Merchant mariners are invited to come to the museum to record their stories with SCI researchers and volunteers. Photo archivists at the museum will also be gathering feedback from mariners on their photo collections. The interviews will be archived and made available as a robust online repository of stories of the sea.

“Merchant mariners have a unique perspective,” says SCI researcher and Frankfort resident Michele Christle. “They can come from big cities or provincial towns and travel to some of the most remote parts of the world. While sailing has changed from what it was mid-twentieth century, sailors always have stories—stories we can learn a great deal from.” A daughter of a merchant seaman herself, Christle was raised on sea stories.

Toiling on board ships often months at a time, merchant mariners work out of the public eye, but SCI—since its very beginnings—has endeavored to bring their labors to light. Through its American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project, SCI helps mariners gain recognition and dignity in the historic record through their own words and voices. Johnathan Thayer, SCI archivist and the founder of the project, has interviewed veteran mariners in the port of New York and New Jersey.

The Penobscot Marine Museum will be offering reduced admission for mariners on the day of the interviews ($6).

Mariners interested in participating should RSVP to Maine-based SCI researcher Michele Christle at or at 603-781-9848 to schedule a time for an interview. If transportation or health is an issue, mariners are encouraged to contact Michele Christle for alternative participation methods.

For more information about this event, please contact:
Michele Christle: