Maine State Seal, folk art version.  Gift of Ambrose C. Cramer, 1960.32

The Penobscot Marine Museum will launch Getting Our Bearings, a new permanent exhibit, in its Main Street Gallery this season. Through a collection of objects, photographs, and primary source documents, the exhibit introduces the key themes of the Penobscot Marine Museum. It explores how maritime communities fed the Atlantic work, built America’s Merchant fleet, constructed pre-Civil War America, became America’s Vacationland, engaged in global trade, and served as homeports and homesteads. Museum visitors will get to see how the sea has impacted—and will continue to impact—daily life on and around Penobscot Bay. 

Blueprint from Stockton Yard, Inc. Crooker Collection, PMM 4.

Photo of hauling in the sardine catch. Atlantic Fisherman Collection, LB1992.301.115

Getting Our Bearings is sponsored by Hamilton Marine and is funded in part by a major grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission with additional grant support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.