Penobscot Marine Museum presents “Catch the Wind” with Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee; Maine Native, Science Teacher, Inventor and founder of Green Ridge Energy, Tecwind, Seneaflo and Silverleaf Instruments discusses how wind is generated by the sun in our atmosphere on earth, how the ancients captured wind for sailing vessels and for wind power on land to grind corn and pump water. Details of how sails and windmill blades have changed over the years to optimize how much power they catch from the wind is presented. This lecture includes the latest offshore wind power technology and the latest Sailing World Cup designs being discussed.

Video by George Kerper

Searsport High School Student Boat Launch

Two Shellback dinghies, built by eight students of the Searsport High School in the new Hamilton Learning Center at the Penobscot Marine Museum, were launched on May 28, 2014 at the Hamilton Town Warf. The eight students began building the boats on January 28th, working with master boat builder Greg Rossel and a crew of volunteers from the community. Wayne Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Marine, gave the students their last class on navigation, and now they are ready to launch the boats they had been building for the past four months.

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Penobscot Marine Museum’s Forum “Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island”

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Boat Building Forums “Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island” with Richard Helmke, Richard Stanley, and Ralph Stanley. Mount Desert Island is home to high-end yacht builders, lobster boat builders, and traditional sloop builders. Join us for a discussion of how a 108 mile square island’s boat designers can cater to the summer residents, the lobstermen and commercial fisherman still plying the waters just offshore, and everyone in between.

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Penobscot Marine Museum’s “Maine Boatbuilding Forums”

“Building the Perfect Small Wooden Boat?’ Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who created the craft that allow us to enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Enjoy a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

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Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2014 Maine Boatbuilding Forums “Schooners”

Schooners: with Captains Doug and Linda Lee, Captain John Foss, Captain Havilah Hawkins, Captain Steven Pagels, Captain Dan Miller, Captains Kate Kana and Zander Parker, and Captain John Worth. Join schooner builders and the captains who sail them as they debate which type of schooner is best for the windjammer trade and who is going to win this year’s Schooner Race.

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Penobscot Marine Museum Thursday Night Lecture Series “Boon Island”

Penobscot Marine Museum Thursday Night Lecture Series “Boon Island” from George Kerper on Vimeo.

The wreck of the NOTTINGHAM GALLEY on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to be shipwrecked on notorious Boon Island, however his crew proposed another.