Bowdoin Hull Restoration Project

In November 2018, the schooner Bowdoin was hauled out of Penobscot Bay’s wintry waters to undergo a hull planking and framing refit in Boothbay Harbor, where she was built 97 years ago. Maine Maritime Academy is pleased to be working with Bristol Marine at The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor to complete this work.

MMA’s decision to complete hull work on Bowdoin will ensure that the vessel is able to continue her mission of training MMA students through rigorous training voyages to remote areas of the Canadian Maritimes, serving as the State of Maine’s official vessel, and upholding her status as a National Historic Landmark. The work to be completed includes bottom planking and possible frame replacement. The extent of the work will depend upon what is found once plank removal begins. Read the blog to learn more about our progress, or follow us on social media!

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Week of June 17, 2019

Posted on: June 17, 2019

Over the last few weeks, the crew at the shipyard in Boothbay has been very busy finalizing project details and prepping Bowdoin for launch! Tonight, June 17, at the high tide around midnight, we will get Bowdoin back in the water.

We will be keeping Bowdoin in Boothbay Harbor for about a week to let the vessel swell up from a long winter out of the water.  We will also use this time to continue outfitting her for sailing during upcoming training cruises in July and August.

Happily, our time in Boothbay Harbor will overlap with Windjammer Days, and we are taking the opportunity to open the vessel up to the public for deck tours. If you’re in the area on Wednesday, June 26, consider stopping by for a visit! We’ll be doing tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and would love to have you on board.

Thank you all for your interest and support of Bowdoin throughout this hull restoration project and beyond.  We hope we can get you out for a sail this season!

All the best,

Captain McLean

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