Letter from President Brennan

I am proud of this institution and its mission. Founded for the specific purpose of training merchant mariners in our nation’s time of need, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has evolved over the years. Today, we are a world-class, career-oriented college focused on marine transportation, engineering, technology, international business and logistics, and marine science. Our job is to empower students to assume leadership roles and succeed, in their careers and in their lives, in a global economy.

Because we are a maritime institution, the vessels we own and maintain in our training fleet matter tremendously to the success and safety of our students. One in particular and the matron of our distinguished fleet, Bowdoin, began making her mark on history almost 100 years ago when she was designed, built and launched for arctic and scientific exploration. Her rich history, including the years she spent in service to our country during WWII, led to her designation as the Official Vessel of the State of Maine in 1988 and to her recognition as a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

When MMA acquired Bowdoin in 1988 for the purpose of training future mariners, she was approaching her 70th birthday. Since then, and with the help of public and private donations, she has been maintained to the highest standards. In 2021, Bowdoin will proudly celebrate her first 100 years of service, and our goal is to have her in prime condition for her centennial celebration. With your help and support, her 30-year-old deck will be replaced along with a few other repairs that will be clarified once the old deck is removed. The cost of this important project is $600,000.

We also believe that Bowdoin’s long-term future will be determined by the strength of her endowment, and we are committed to raising an additional $1,000,000 to ensure that she remains an active and historically preserved vessel in perpetuity.

As we chart her course forward, I hope you will join me in supporting the 1.6-million-dollar goal for the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign.

Dr. William J. Brennan
President, Maine Maritime Academy

Letter from the Campaign Cabinet Co-chairs

We are both very pleased to be a part of the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign.

For almost 100 years, sea captains have navigated brisk, sometimes arctic, blue waters and written their logs aboard this venerable schooner. Today, having surpassed her half-millionth mile, she still operates at full capacity. Explorers, scientists, future mariners, environmentalists, and those who simply want to experience her historical charm and splendor have sailed on Bowdoin.

As the primary training vessel for MMA’s traditional sailing program, she provides the best hands-on educational experience in the nation. When not in use for educational purposes, Bowdoin is busy expanding her public profile. After all, the Official Vessel of the State of Maine should be visible and accessible whenever possible.

Bowdoin is as fine a vessel today as she was when first launched in 1921. The fact remains, however, that she is approaching her 100th birthday and, as with all historic tall wooden ships, caring for them is always demanding, challenging, and expensive.

To this point, Bowdoin is currently in need of a new deck replacement. This important capital project is expected to cost upward of $600,000. In addition, $1,000,000 is needed to increase her endowment in order to protect and preserve her in perpetuity.

The Bowdoin Centennial Campaign and its 1.6-million-dollar goal addresses both of these important initiatives and is dedicated to:

  • Protecting Bowdoin’s National Historic Landmark status and place in maritime history
  • Delivering the best hands-on traditional sailing program in the nation
  • Expanding academic, exploration and environmental opportunities
  • Broadening Bowdoin’s public-service profile

Please join us in supporting the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign. Your gift will immediately be put to work ensuring and protecting Bowdoin’s next 100 years. We thank each of you for helping us reach the 1.6-million-dollar goal.

Capt. G. Andy Chase & Alex Watson
Co-Chairs, Bowdoin Centennial Campaign Cabinet