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Romantic Maritime Tale Brought to Life in Shadowbox for Penobscot Marine Museum Auction

French artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau fell in love with Maine over twenty years ago and has been creating intricate shadow boxes inspired by romantic nineteenth century Maine maritime tales ever since.  Her unusual and very popular shadowboxes are on exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine, but one of them, Escapade, will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th .   Escapade depicts a rough sail in high seas on a stormy moonlit night.

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

In addition to Escapade, a lobstering trip with Linda Greenlaw is another of the many exciting items in the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction.  Online bidding on items in the Silent Auction is at www.biddingforgood.com.  To bid on items in the Live Auction, including Escapade and Linda Greenlaw’s lobstering trip, you may either attend the auction or arrange to call in on the night of the auction.  To buy tickets for the Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One 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 open through October 19.  Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday.   Admission is free to members and Searsport residents.

Sea of Liberty Book Signing at Penobscot Marine Museum

Award-winning Lewiston Sun Journal journalist Kevin Mills brings Maine’s and his family’s history to life in Sea of Liberty, the last book in a trilogy based on stories passed down in Mills’ family.  Kevin’s Maine ancestors were shipbuilders, lighthouse keepers, and merchant mariners, and one family legend tells the story of Eligood Mills who sailed on the privateer Grand Turk and was captured by the British.  On Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 pm, Mills will be at Penobscot Marine Museum to talk about the role of privateers in the American Revolution, and his personal journey in uncovering his family’s history for the writing of Sea of Liberty.  The book signing will be in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Admission is free.

Sea of Liberty by Kevin Mills

Sea of Liberty by Kevin Mills

The Penobscot Marine 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, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, through Sunday, October 19.   PMM admission is free to Searsport residents.

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.

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.

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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.

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).

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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 michele.christle@gmail.com 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:
603-781-9848
michele.christle@gmail.com

Wind Power, Past, Present and Future with Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

On Thursday, June 26, at 7:00 pm Steve Hallee will present Catching the Wind as part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series. Halle’s talk will range from the latest in offshore wind power technology, to the ways in which ancient peoples captured wind power not only for sailing but also for grinding corn and pumping water. He will discuss the generation of wind on earth by the sun in our atmosphere, illustrate how sails and windmill blades have changed over the years to optimize how much power they catch from the wind, and discuss the latest Sailing America’s Cup designs. Hallee is a Maine native, science teacher, inventor and founder of several companies including Green Ridge Energy, Tecwind, Sensaflo and Silverleaf Instruments. Catching the Wind will be at PMM’s Main Street Gallery. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information click here to veiw this event on our calendar listings or call 207-548-2529.

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 Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Build a Row Boat with Cardboard at Penobscot Marine Museum

If you have ever wanted to build your own row boat you will want to come to the Cardboard Boat Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hamilton Learning Center, 89 East Main St (Route One) in Searsport. Admission is free.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

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, Jun 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, August 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 www.belfastharborfest.com. Check our events listing for more information on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Cardboard Boat Workshop go 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 Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Maine Lobster Boat Builders Discuss Their Boats At Penobscot Marine Museum Boat Builders’ Forum

In preparation for the Maine lobster boat racing season the Maine Boatbuilding Forum will host boat builders Travis and Keith Otis, Glenn Holland, Stewart Workman and Calvin Beal, who will debate the qualities that make the very best and fastest lobster boats.  This month’s forum is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 pm.

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Keith Otis grew up in Maine, joined the Air Force Strategic Air Command then later re-enlisted in the Army’s 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) where he worked on fire control systems for attack helicopters in Vietnam.   He started Otis Enterprises Marine in Searsport in 1979.  Keith’s son Travis grew up with sandpaper in his hand, helping his dad.  Otis Enterprises Marine has produced over ninety boats, ranging from modest lobster boats to top of the line luxury sportfish boats.  Travis Otis is Vice President of the Maine Lobsterboat Racing Association.

Glenn Holland, of Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, started building boats in 1972 with an unfinished Repco hull which he finished in a temporary building on his parent’s front lawn.  Glenn eventually partnered with Royal Lowell and together they designed the Holland 32 which went into production in 1978.   Holland’s Boat Shop is home of the racing lobsterboat “Red Baron”, which won the title “World’s Fastest Lobster Boat” in 2000, and has won over 100 trophies.

Stewart Workman’s father was a lobster boat owner, and Stewart ran his own boat and pulled lobsters out of the water starting in junior high school.  He was in the Coast Guard in Alaska but returned to Maine to focus on schooner and passenger boat restorations, a deep- sea fishing business, and being a yacht captain.  SW Boatworks was founded by Capt. Stewart Workman in 2000.

Calvin Beal started working in and around boat shops as a young boy, helping the old time boat builders of Beals build their boats.  In 1969 Calvin built his own wooden, 22′ lobster boat, then he built a 35′ wooden boat named the Octavia A for his father-in-law.  Calvin worked on wooden boats and plugs until he built his own molds for fiberglass boats in the late ’90s.  After building one hundred and twenty-five boats, Calvin sold the molds to SW Boatworks in Lamoine.

The Maine Lobster Boat Races start on June 14th in Boothbay Harbor.  For a schedule of the races, go to “Fans of Maine Lobster Boat Racing” Facebook page.

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

To view calendar listing, click here.

Maine Sail Freight Project Planning Dinner at Tranquility Grange

Last October, the Vermont Sail Freight Project delivered $50,000 of regionally produced foods to customers waiting at the docks along a 300 mile route from Ferrisburgh, Vermont to Brooklyn, New York.  On Sunday, June 22, at 5:00 pm Penobscot Marine Museum, Greenhorns, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust are hosting a potluck dinner at Tranquility Grange Hall in Lincolnville to explore the possibilities for a Sail Freight Project along the coast of Maine.  Maine, with its rich maritime history, strong boat building industry, conservation movement, and explosion of local, organic food production is a perfect place for the next sail freight project.  Email Kathy Goldner at the museum kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, or call 207-548-2529 ext.216 to reserve your seat.  Bring a pot luck dish to share.

In October, New Dawn Traders Alex and Lucy set sail on a 7-month voyage around the Atlantic with the cargo vessel TRES HOMBRES and her crew. The  TRES HOMBRES is pioneering a renaissance in shipping cargo by sailboat. This 32 meter, engine-less brigantine has been successfully trading between Europe and islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean since 2009.

In October, New Dawn Traders Alex and Lucy set sail on a 7-month voyage around the Atlantic with the cargo vessel TRES HOMBRES and her crew. The TRES HOMBRES is pioneering a renaissance in shipping cargo by sailboat. This 32 meter, engine-less brigantine has been successfully trading between Europe and islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean since 2009.

The event will begin with a panel presentation by Cate Cronin former Captain of the Hudson River Sloop, Cipperly Good curator at Penobscot Marine Museum, Lu Yodder boat builder and sailor for Mast Brothers Chocolate Sail Project, Patrick Kiley and Severine Fleming of Greenhorns and the Vermont Sail Project, Elisha Kaufman of Mystic Sheaf Traders, and Lance Lee of The Apprenticeshop in Rockport.  The panel presentation will be followed by the pot luck dinner and a community conversation about ideas, proposals, vessel suggestions, and routes for a Maine Sail Freight Project.

The revival of interest in the working sail worldwide is a natural outgrowth of the movement to reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels, and to eat locally grown food and support local farmers.  The New Dawn Traders are sailing freight around the world on the TRES HOMBRES out of the Netherlands, Sailing Ship KWAI provides shipping options for the islands in the South Pacific, the Vermont Sail Project is gearing up to make another voyage to from Vermont to New York, and Salish Sea Trading Cooperative is working on delivering freight by sail in Puget Sound.

Our thanks to sponsor Marshall Wharf Brewery in Belfast.  For more information or to volunteer contact hannah@thegreenhorns.net.