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CASTINE, Maine - Maine’s official state vessel, the schooner Bowdoin, will be participating in numerous events throughout the 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 the month of September, the Bowdoin will be supporting the following groups or events:

September 12: Senior College
September 13: Ellsworth Rotary High School Mentors
September 15: MMA Yacht Club: Colgate Campout with MUG Sail
September 16: MMA Yacht Club: Colgate Campout with MUG Sail
September 17: Navy League
September 18: Navy League
September 19: Sail MMA
September 21: MMA Yacht Club: Jamfest
September 22: MMA Yacht Club: Jamfest
September 24: Cruising Club of America
September 29: Homecoming Day Sails
October 01:   Pensobscot Marine Museum
October 05:   Family Weekend Day Sails
October 06:   Family Weekend Day Sails

Castine Community Sails will be conducted on two dates in October (to be announced).  Dates and instructions on how to register for these community sails will be published in early October.

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.


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