News and Press Releases

Are Maine Scientists Changing America’s Energy Future?

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner,, 207.548.2529 x216

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

SEARSPORT, ME, October 18, 2013 – Maine scientists are leading the way nationally in wind and tide energy development, and important strides are being made in fisheries research. This year Penobscot Marine Museum’s history conference Fish, Wind and Tide: Maine’s Future Resources? on November 2 at Belfast’s Hutchinson Center brings together experts from Maine Maritime Academy, the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and from Maine Department of Conservation, Tide Mill Institute, Island Institute, Conservation Law Foundation and Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, to look at the past and to explore exciting new developments for the future of these resources.

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

Among the Conference speakers will be Larry Parent, Assistant Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The Center is a world leader in composites research and made history last summer by deploying the first U.S. grid-connected wind turbine off the coast of Castine. The first U.S. grid-connected tidal energy project was also launched in Maine last summer, and Richard Armstrong, Executive Director of Tidal Energy Demonstration & Evaluation Center at Maine Maritime Academy will speak about developments in tidal power which will shape our future.

What economic impact will wind and tidal power have in Maine? Over $900 million in direct investment has been brought to Maine since 2006, according to Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative. Paul Williamson, Director and Industry Coordinator of the Initiative joins the Conference to discuss this potentially huge economic impact in Maine.

The Conference will also address our fisheries resource. University of New Hampshire Historic Fisheries Scientist Karen Alexander will speak about the history of the Gulf of Maine fisheries, and William Leavenworth, of the University of Massachusetts’ Environmental Conservation Department will help us see where the fisheries are headed.

How all of these new developments will affect our coastal resources will be discussed by Maine Dept. of Conservation’s Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program, lobsterman Richard Nelson, Caitlin Cleaver, from the Island Institute and Robin Just of the Conservation Law Foundation.

Penobscot Marine Museum will sponsor tickets for high school students at half price. For more information call 207-548-2529 or visit the 2013 History Conference page. Click here to register online. The History Conference is on Saturday, November 2, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, Maine. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members, $50 for teachers and $30 for students. Conference price includes lunch if registration is received by Monday, October 28.

July 2013 Signal Flags

Pen Bay Day!
Join the party on Saturday, July 6th!
Penbayday Collage

Penobscot Marine Museum celebrates our wonderful community and the summer season with a gigantic celebration. Come see an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle from OceansWide, watch Revolutionary War re-enactors fire their muskets and cook over an open fire, try your hand at weaving and spinning, hear great maritime music by “From Away Downeast”, eat delicious food from The Good Kettle and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery, get a pirate tattoo, watch the flares, play games with your children, and much more! Our annual summer party is a blast.

On Saturday, July 6th,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
Penobscot Marine Museum,
Route One, Searsport.
Admission Free.
For more information call 207-548-2529

July Events at PMM
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Click here more information.

Monday, July 1, 7:00 pm, Garden History Lecture Series, Heirloom Gardening is for the Birds! (Bees and Butterflies, too!)

Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 pm, Art of Katahdin, illustrated talk and book signing by author David Little

Tuesday, July 9, 8:15 to 12:15, Lighthouse Tour of Penobscot Bay by Boat!

Wednesday, July 10, 11:00 am, Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing, Celebrated children’s illustrator and author Chris Van Dusen will read his beloved children’s book The Circus Ship.

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, “How To Keep Warm and Stay Green”, a talk by Matthew O’Malia, architect and partner of GO Logic.

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am, Maine Antique Power Association Display and Demonstration

Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 am, Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing, Learn about the history of lighthouses, their purpose, songs and stories with Angeli Perrow, author of Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue.

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, Author Harry Gratwick shares highlights from research on his current book on the shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay.

Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 am, Children’s Singing Hour, Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo sing songs of shipwrecks, lighthouses and lifesaving.

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, Penobscot Bay Capt. Skip Strong will speak about the harrowing rescue described in his book In Peril: A Daring Decision, a Captain’s Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History.

July Photography Events

Monday, July 1st, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Historic Photography Exhibit: “Waldo County Through the Eastern Eye”, opens at CrossTrax Restaurant for Unity Historical Society, 215 Depot St, Unity. Through July.

Monday, July 1st, Historic Photography Exhibit: “Knox County Through Eastern Eye”, North Haven Historical Society, Pulpit Harbor, North Haven. Through July.

Saturday, July 6th, 1:00 pm, Historic Photography Lecture Series: “North Haven: The Postcard View” illustrated talk on the history of North Haven at Waterman Community Center for North Haven Historical Society, 12 Main St., North Haven, ME 04853.

Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00 pm, Historic Photography Lecture Series: “Winter Harbor: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Curator Kevin Johnson. Free. At Schoodic Center for the Arts, Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor, ME 04693. For more information (207)963-2569

Thank you to our many business supporters!

Hamilton Marine and J C Holcomb Photography
Thank You for this fabulous virtual tour of Penobscot Marine Museum.
You can see it on our website and on Hamilton Marine’s website!

JCHolcomb Photography, located in Brewer, Maine, is your one-stop resource for:

  • Interactive Virtual Tours
  • Commercial photography
  • On-location portrait and event photography
  • Stock scenic and nature photography.


And Thank You
Front Street Shipyard, a premier yacht yard in Belfast, Maine,for your special membership support.


523Events Off Campus
Come see us here!

July 13 & 14, Arts in the Park, Belfast

July 27, Bucksport Bay Festival, Bucksport

July 27, Unity Historical Society Open House, Unity

May 2013 Signal Flags

For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues
Celebrate Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2013 season!

Those in Peril Collage
Join us for the opening reception of this exciting exhibit, share delicious victuals and ale. Stories of “those in peril” will come alive for visitors to the Penobscot Marine Museum this season. Through exciting interactive exhibits designed by English theater designer Chez Cherry, and with the Museum’s collections of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, visitors will learn about the perils of the sea and how these perils have shaped, and continue to shape, our lives in coastal Maine.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 24th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at the Penobscot Marine Museum Gallery
40 East Main Street
Searsport, Maine

On Saturday, May 25th Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season!
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Check out our exciting events

Education News
Welcome our new Director of Education, Kathleen Curtin!

486Kathleen brings both enthusiasm and extensive experience as a social studies teacher and museum professional to her new position at PMM. At Plimoth Plantation, she held a number of positions including Manager of Education and Associate Director, Guest Experiences. She is also a food historian and author (she wrote a history of Thanksgiving with Islesboro’s own Sandy Oliver), founded an art house cinema and spent a fair amount of time sailing in and around the Elizabeth Islands of Cape Cod. Kathleen has a degree in history from University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from the University of New Hampshire. She can be reached at or 207.548.2529 ext 206.

Volunteer Day!
A great day was had by all!
Thank you to the Yale Alumni (Thomas, Jamie, John, William, George, Pat, Buck), to Tom Preble and Charlie Carter on the excavator, to Neill Peterson and Donna Loomans window washers extraordinaire, to Buck Sawyer who fixed our table, to Kathleen who made delicious food, and all of you who made this day a great success.
Volunteer Collage
The new stone was raked into place, flower beds weeded, galleries vacuumed and dusted, storage areas cleaned out, floors washed, boats moved, and granite walls begun! And we had good conversation and wonderful food. Thank you all!

Object of the Month
483This marvelous object is a lamp made from a sperm whale’s tooth with a whale’s eyeball shade. Six square blocks of whalebone of varying sizes create the base. The scrimshander carved a baleen whale, a star, and the word “Thorshammer 1935″ into the tooth. Clifford N. Carver, president of the Western Operating Corporation which was an American whaling company founded in December 1936, gave the Museum his wonderful scrimshaw collection. His business partners were Norwegian and in all likelihood the lamp was a gift from them. The company was dissolved in the 1950s.

Come see the eyeball lamp!
Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season on May 25th.

Thank you for your Business Membership at the Commodore Level
Join Cross Insurance and our many business partners in supporting Penobscot Marine Museum.

482“The best vacation you will ever have.” You’ve always wanted to cruise the beautiful islands and bays of downeast Maine. This is the summer you can make that dream a reality, because Schooner HERITAGE is offering Penobobscot Marine Museum members a 10% discount on all 2013 cruises!

Better yet, support Penobscot Marine Museum by sailing on June 4th, June 9th or June 16th. Penobobscot Marine Museum will receive 5% of your fare! Have a great vacation and support Penobscot Marine Museum.

For more information on this special members offer call 1-800-648-4555 or visit
Not a member yet? Join us now!
Thank you Schooner HERITAGE for your support of Penobscot Marine Museum.

PMM Photography News


Volunteers Chris Olsson, Phil Brown and Faith Garrold

Thank you, Cascade Foundation of Rockport, Maine and Maine Community Foundation your generous funding enabling us to purchase photographic equipment which bolsters our efforts to preserve, catalog, and share our extensive photography collections.

With this funding we have purchased two PCs to increase image processing speed and general efficiency; a Nikon D800E professional digital SLR camera, which will be used to digitally copy photographs from our holdings at high resolution and to capture archival-quality images of museum objects for our digital catalog; an additional Epson digital projector for use at public talks; a small, high-resolution digital still & video camera which will allow us to document museum activities by creating multimedia content, a professional digital voice recorder for recording and preserving oral histories; and two flatbed scanners to help us keep up with processing our ever-growing collections so that they can be shared with the world.

Events Off Campus
National Maritime Day
493Come see Penobscot Marine Museum’s booth at the National Maritime Day celebration in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, May 18 starting at 10:00 am.

Planned activities include: USCG Color Guard honoring mariners lost at sea, guided tours aboard commercial and training vessels, boat trips, pilot gig rowing, law enforcement vessels, pilot boats, tug boats, and many other port support vessels. There will be a live tug boat demonstration by Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company tug FOURNIER TRACTOR, and a demonstration of the Bangor Fire Department’s new fire and rescue boat. Live music by the Windbuyer’s.

For more information go to Propeller Club Searsport Bucksport.
For more PMM Events Off Campus, go to

Nathan Carver Award

PMM Object of the Month, March 2013

The Emperor of Japan awarded Nathan Carver of the bark Abbie Carver this beautiful medal of the red ribbon and a citation for his rescue of thirteen shipwrecked Japanese fishermen in September of 1881. The Emperor expressed his “high appreciation of [Carver's] humane action toward the unfortunate Japanese subjects who [Carver] rescued so opportunely and treated so kindly.”

Click Nathan Carver for another photograph of Captain Carver from PMM’s collection.
Come see this medal and certificate at PMM this summer in For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, Rescues
Opening reception ~ Friday, May 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Volunteer Day 2013

Volunteer Day is coming
Bring your oxcart, wear your best hat and…
Volunteer-Day-2013Help us clean the campus!
We need you and your friends, your rake, your shovel, your paintbrush, your huddled masses yearning to clean, and weed and paint.
Save the date, Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Allen Insurance and Financial and Schooner Heritage

Thank you for your Business Memberships at the Commodore Level!

Allen Insurance and Financial and Schooner Heritage support Penobscot Marine Museum in its mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond.


Allen Insurance and Financial is an employee-owned, community-minded company offering insurance, employee benefits and financial planning services from offices in Rockland, Camden and Southwest Harbor. For more information go to


A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation. Built by her captains. Over ⅔ of our guests return and say, “It just gets better and better.”

Captains Douglas K. and Linda J. Lee
Rockland, Maine

For Those In Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues

Join us for the Opening Reception Friday, May 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 25—Sunday, October 20, 2013

For-Those-In_Peril-posterThroughout history, shipwrecks have been the subject of legends, music, books, paintings, and performance. Disasters at sea, whether from storms, collisions, fires, war, vessel failure, or disease, have impacted life around the world. In Maine, we have an especially poignant history of loss to the sea: from the 19th century days of merchant sail, through the vast numbers of fishermen who worked and continue to work under hazardous conditions, to present day merchant marine training and recreational boating, Maine families and communities have known tragedies and triumphs on the water.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit explores the shipwrecks and near misses; the perfect storms and sudden squalls; those lost at sea and the families left behind; and the brave lifesavers and brilliant marine equipment innovators. Through the museum’s collection of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, the stories of “those in peril” will come alive in the summer of 2013.

This exhibit will feature an overview gallery exhibit to set the stage; our sea captain’s home will be a house in mourning for a lost captain; safety equipment and fishermen’s memorials will be featured in our Gone Fishing exhibit; and a lighthouse playscape and a marine archeology salvage activity will be in one of our dedicated children’s rooms.

Although equipment, vessels, and communications have changed dramatically over the past 150 years, the sea has not. Recent events, such as the loss of the Bounty in the recent storm, illustrate this point. The sea is still a formidable force that demands experience, training, and respect. Our exhibit will heighten public awareness of the dangers of the sea, no matter what one’s level of occupational or recreational involvement. It will provide audiences with a greater understanding of the communities of the Maine coast and how they have been shaped in part by the sea and its dangers. Visitors to the museum in 2013 will learn what has happened and can happen at sea; experience first-hand accounts, both historical and more contemporary, of disasters and their aftereffects; gain appreciation for the difficult and sometimes capricious nature of people’s lives when they depend on the sea for a living; and share some of their own stories on our “Ship Log Blog,” which will contain both historic accounts and tales of modern disasters contributed by the public.

Knox County Through the Eastern Eye


A selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Knox County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.

Now-April 28 2013

Vose Library
PO Box 550
Union ME 04862

Preview Online

Washington County Through the Eastern Eye

Washington-CountyA selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Washington County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.

Now through April 1 2013
Cherryfield Public Library
35 Main Street
Cherryfield, ME 04622

April 1-26
Jeanne Benedict
Henry D. Moore Library
Steuben, ME 04680

Preview Online

National Fisherman Photography Exhibit

From the Files of National Fisherman: A Photography Exhibit

National-FIshermanApril 1 – 30 2013
A first look at the newest collection to arrive at PMM. The National Fisherman photo archive of more than 20,000 photographs and negatives cover the 1950′s to the 1990′s. This exhibit is part of the Camden Library’s Maritime Month.

Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, Maine