Mac conning Bowdoin from the ice barrel approaching the Rink Glacier, Umanak, Greenland.
Bowdoin Turns 100

A century of training, promoting science, cultural awareness, and adventure.

There are quite a few ships around the world that are over 100 years old. In fact, there are quite a few that are centuries old. I’ve viewed the Gokstad ship, 1,200 years old, in a museum building in Oslo. I’ve toured the Vasa, launched in 1628, in her drydock building in Stockholm. I saw the USS Constitution, launched in 1797, under sail once. But I can’t think of another 100-year-old sailing ship that is still sailing regularly, and still doing what it was originally built to do, except for Bowdoin, which turned 100 on April 9 of this year.

As Captain Elliot Rappaport once said of Bowdoin, “There’s a big difference between a ship that went to the Arctic and one that goes to the Arctic.”

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