50th Anniversary Happenings
The celebration of the Museum’s 50th year is underway! Sails are rigged and filled, and all hands are braced for an exhilarating voyage. It’s going to be a summer and fall to remember. Highlighting all the events and activities are four tall ships visits, four new fascinating exhibits on view both at the Museum and off campus, a special sail-away event for a departing Navy destroyer, and an open-house weekend featuring lots of interesting activities. Check your navigation chart (aka calendar), and be sure to catch as many of the events as possible.
- Subdue, Take and Seize: Maritime Maine in the Unwelcome Interruption of the War of 1812 - on view at the Museum through October 28
- Honing the Edge, The Apprenticeshop at 40 tells the story of that organization’s 1972 genesis on the grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath - on view at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland for the remainder of the year.
- The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design explores the connections between historical maritime culture and imagery and modern objects and every-day aspects of our present-day culture - on view at the Portland Public Library on Congress Street, July 20 until June 2013
- Full Ahead at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting at Maine Maritime Museum opens November 10 and will remain on view until April 21, 2013
Opportunities to learn more about the life of a sailor during the War of 1812 and the era of sail abound as the Museum hosts four tall ship visits in 2012.
- Fame, a full-scale replica of the famous 1812 privateer - Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24
- The Arctic schooner Bowdoin, the historic vessel of the famed Arctic explorer Donald R. MacMillan - Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30
- Gazela Primeiro a three-mast, 177-foot Portugese barkentine which crossed the Atlantic each summer until 1969 with the White Fleet
- Sherman Zwicker, a 144-foot Grand Banks fishing schooner arrives in the first week of July and remains docked at the Museum until late October.
- Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner often called a Baltimore Clipper - Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For an extra special experience, Pride will be hosting two-hour river sails for a limited number of passengers.
- DDG 112 Michael Murphy Sail-Away, departs Bath Iron Works the afternoon of Wednesday, September 5 as she heads down the Kennebec on her way to join the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Join the Museum's celebration tnat will include a musical salute, remarks by several individuals associated with the ship’s construction and a final cannon salute as she passes the Museum.
- Open House. Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, Maine Maritime Museum will conduct its “anniversary party” with an open house weekend for all. Admission will be free both days, there will be special events and demonstrations, reduced fee river cruises, musical performances and special activities.