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Maine’s official state vessel, the schooner Bowdoin, will be participating in numerous events throughout the summer and fall to support local and regional communities. Owned by Maine Maritime Academy and homeported in Castine, Maine, the Bowdoin’s mission is to provide sail training for students and the public, as well as to support recruiting and community relations.
Looking out through Independence Day weekend, the Bowdoin will be at the following events or locations:
June 4-19: Cruise to Canada
June 22-23: Harraseeket Heritage Day and Harborside Gala (South Freeport)
June 24: MMA Alumni Event (Portland)
June 26-27: Windjammer Days Festival 2012 (Boothbay Harbor)
June 28-30: Maine Maritime Museum (Bath)
July 6-7: Hand-Davis-Dobson Vessel Homecoming (Fairhaven MA)
July 8-9: Tall Ships of America (Newport RI)
The Schooner Bowdoin was built during the winter of 1920-21 for the famed Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan, and launched from Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine. At 88 feet long, 21 feet wide, and weighing 66 tons, the Bowdoin is the smallest vessel designed expressly for Arctic work. In 1921-22, the design of the ship proved to be perfect for MacMillan’s Arctic work, and he sailed the Bowdoin more than 300,000 miles over 26 voyages through the frozen North in exploration and scientific studies. The Bowdoin was completely rebuilt in 1980-84 by Maine Maritime Museum’s boatshop, Percy & Small Shipyard. It has been the official state vessel of Maine since 1988.