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May 2019

Navigating Midcoast Maine

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Navigating Mid-Coast Maine  Cruising the coastal waters of Maine can be fun, especially when you know how to read a nautical chart so you miss all those rocks and arrive safely at your destination. This course is taught by members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves as an introduction to navigation using The Three Rivers Chart (#13293). This way you'll become familiar with the coastal waters of our local region between Small Point and Pemaquid before ever setting sail. This course gives you the essential tools to make boating more enjoyable. First, you'll learn the basics about the information found on nautical charts. Second, you'll learn about navigation aids (they’re on the charts and on the water) so you can use them to cruise safely. Third, you'll learn how to plan cruises and understand the information found on charts (e.g. buoys, lights, water depth) and to use them while cruising the area. Students will learn terms such as true and magnetic headings, variation, lines of position, chart symbols, piloting, latitude and longitude, dead reckoning, and aids to navigation and be able to use these skills to safely plan and plot a trip.  The Three Rivers chart (#13293) and a copy of a chapter on navigation principles are included. A parallel ruler and dividers are needed and can be purchased separately at our Museum Store. This class meets on Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting on May 21 through May 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.                                                         

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until October 6, 2019

An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until October 6, 2019

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Explore the Kennebec River where shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today. Cruising past BIW see spectacular views of the Navy’s most advanced ships taking shape. Then cruise down river to enjoy a water view of the museum’s historic shipyard and two of the Kennebec’s famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights. Running daily at 12 pm and 2 pm, May 18-October 27.* Members $30; nonmembers $37; 6-12 years $20; under 6 $6  *Saturday 2 pm cruises end on October 5.

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Six Rivers of Merrymeeting Bay (3 hours)

May 26 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 6, 2019

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The namesake of our cruise boat, Merrymeeting Bay is a unique confluence of six Maine rivers, all converging to form a truly rare ecosystem. Pass through the swirling eddies of Chops Point into the serenity of the bay, one of the best places in the state to view bald eagles and waterfowl. Running Sunday at 3:30 pm, May 19-October 6. Members $38; nonmembers $47; 6-12 years $30; under 6 $6

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The Bath Iron Works Story: By Land & By Sea

May 27 @ 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until October 25, 2019

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Experience the full Bath Iron Works package! The tour begins in the immersive exhibit BIW: Building America’s Navy where you’ll experience a high-tech look at the people, processes, and ships of Bath Iron Works and discover why “Bath Built is Best Built.”  Then, board the trolley for a ride past the yard. Your guide, a current or former BIW employee, will detail the history of the yard, interpret the views, and highlight key elements of the shipyard. The trolley will then drop you off to board the museum’s cruise boat Merrymeeting for a one hour cruise featuring spectacular views of modern shipbuilding construction and a close-up look at naval destroyers in the water. Passengers also get to enjoy views of the historic Percy and Small Shipyard and two of the Kennebec’s famed lighthouses. *Please note that due to security restrictions, this tour is not permitted to enter the BIW shipyard. Tours (2.25 hours) run Monday through Friday at 12:45 pm, May 20 through October 25.

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Midcoast Lights and Rivers Cruise (3 hours)

May 27 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until October 3, 2019

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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On this cruise you’ll see six lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, the Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, and Seguin Island Light. Travel the winding Sasanoa River, and weather-permitting, cruise the Sheepscot River past Hendricks Head Lighthouse. Running Monday-Thursday at 3:30 pm, May 20-October 3. Members $38; nonmembers $47; 6-12 years $30; under 6 $6

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, 120 Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 United States
$20.00 - $25.00

Built in 1894 the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy.  Both vessels are currently undergoing restoration work at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard; join us to tour the vessels and the yard. Participants will meet at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

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June 2019

Lighthouse Lovers Cruise (4 hours)

June 1 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until October 5, 2019

See up to 10 of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light. Running Saturday at 3:30 pm, May 18-October 5. Members $42; nonmembers $52; 6-12 years $35; under 6 $6  

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Mary E Kennebec River Sail (2.5 hours)

June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 28, 2019

Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Sail down the Kennebec River aboard the historic 1906 schooner Mary E; the only Kennebec-built schooner still afloat. Help us set and trim sails as our crew share tales from her colorful history, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. You’ll pass by the site of the Thomas E. Hagan yard where Mary E was built in 1906, see Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights, and get a unique view of Navy vessels under construction at Bath Iron Works. Running Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 4 pm, June 5-September 28.* *Not available June 21-26. Members $45; nonmembers $56; 12 and under $45

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Lecture: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Hanover: The Romance and Reality of a Maine Shipwreck

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

The wreck of the Hanover and loss of all hands in 1849 shocked the midcoast Maine community.  Susan Beegle will reveal how this tragedy inspired literary themes in Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Pearl of Orr's Island, written over a decade after the Hanover's loss.

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Seguin Island Lighthouse Cruise

June 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on August 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on August 28, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

The Seguin Island Light Station is Maine’s highest light station. Your five-hour adventure begins with a guided bus ride along the Phippsburg peninsula. At Fort Popham you’ll board the boat for a stunning cruise to Seguin Island where you’ll be rowed to shore to begin your island exploration. Tour the island’s trails, the keeper’s house and museum, and climb the light tower to see the first order Fresnel lens and breathtaking views. This is a very active trip.  Participants must be able to transfer from the boat to a dinghy to access the island. The climb to the top of the island and access to the light is strenuous and may not be appropriate for those with health issues or who are uncomfortable with heights. Depending on weather and sea conditions, landing at the island is not guaranteed. Trips run June 14, July 12, July 29, August 12, August 28, and September 10, from 10 am to 3 pm. Members $56; nonmembers $70

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Schooner Mary E: Bath to Harpswell Sail (5 hours)

June 20 @ 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$95.00 - $105.00

Sail past the six lighthouses of the Kennebec River before passing Fort Popham and Popham Beach. Experience the thrill of sailing Mary E in open water past Seguin Island to Casco Bay.  We'll pass Harpswell and Admiral Perry's Eagle Island before docking at the Dolphin Marina and restaurant. Tickets are extremely limited, book early. Guests are responsible for their own transportation from the Dolphin Marina.

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Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta Sunset Sail

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until June 23, 2019

Be part of the incredible action at Portland’s regatta for traditional sail.  Board the museum’s 1906 schooner Mary E for a relaxing evening sail. Schoonerfest evening sails are available June 21-23 from 6-9 pm. These trips depart from Portland; dock location TBD. Seating is very limited. $65 per person

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Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta Race

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on June 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on June 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

One event on June 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

One event on June 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

One event on June 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Be part of the incredible action at Portland's spring regatta for traditional sail.  Sail aboard the museum's 1906 schooner Mary E as we race (sort of) against the rest of the Maine's schooner fleet. Schooner race sails are available June 21 at 3:30 pm, June 22 at 1 pm and 3:30 pm, and June 23 at 1 pm and 3:30 pm. These trips depart from Portland; dock location TBD. Seating is very limited. $45 per person

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Kennebec Explorers Day Camp

June 24 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 4:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$212.00 - $290.00

Members $212; nonmembers $265; early pick-up/late drop-off available for $25 Our five-day summer camp will develop your child’s curiosity for nature exploration and all things nautical. Each of the seven sessions includes outdoor adventures, boat cruises, games, science experiments, crafts, beach trips and more! Small weekly camper groups, low camper-to-counselor ratios, and experienced educators make for an unforgettable camp experience. For students ages 6-12 years old. There are seven sessions of camp available: June 24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; August 5-9; August 12-16; and August 19-23.Camp runs from 9 am-4 pm Monday through Friday, and early drop-off and late pick-up is available (8 am-5:30 pm) for an additional $25. Campers must bring a lunch.  A mid-morning snack is provided.  Campers should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities each day. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.  

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Schooner Mary E: Casco Bay Gaffers Race; Portland to Bailey Island (6 hours)

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Portland Dockside, Dock location to be determined
Portland, ME 04101 United States
$105.00 - $115.00

Take part in the action as Mary E joins Maine's schooner fleet from Portland to Boothbay for Windjammer Days.  We'll depart from Portland bound for Bailey Island in this first leg of the journey and weaving through the islands of Casco Bay.  The trip will end at Cooks Lobster and Ale House. Tickets are extremely limited; book early. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to Portland and from Bailey Island.

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Windjammer Days Cruise

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$10.00 - $65.00

A unique opportunity to be at sea right in the middle of Maine's famous fleet of windjammers!  Cruise to Boothbay Harbor aboard the museum's cruise boat Merrymeeting. Disembark to explore the town, then re-board for an up-close look at Maine's Windjammer Fleet, including our very own Mary E.  This is a wonderful photo opportunity and a truly remarkable spectacle! This cruise is approximately 6 hours long. Members $52; nonmembers $65; 6-12 years $42; under 6 $10  

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Schooner Mary E: Boothbay Windjammer Days Parade (2.5 hours)

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
ME United States
$75.00 - $85.00

Don't just watch Boothbay's Windjammer Days Parade, be part of the action! Step aboard Mary E for a rare opportunity to take part in the Windjammer Days Parade. We'll depart Boothbay Harbor and join the fleet to sail into the harbor for the Parade of Sail. Tickets are very limited; book early. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from Boothbay Harbor.

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Lecture: Preserving Maritime Artifacts: The Art and Science of Archaeological Conservation

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Learn the secrets and science behind conserving artifacts found underwater.  Molly O'Guinness Carlson, of the Head Tide Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, will share her experience and challenges working as a marine conservator.

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July 2019

Fireworks Cruise

July 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$6.00 - $49.00

The 2019 Fireworks Cruise has SOLD OUT Cruise along the Kennebec River's Long Reach and see spectacular water views of Doubling Point Lighthouse, the historic Percy & Small Shipyard and Bath's colorful waterfront.  Enjoy your favorite beverage and the best view of the Heritage Days fireworks! Seating is very limited; reserve early.

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Kennebec Explorers Day Camp

July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 12 @ 4:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$212.00 - $290.00

Members $212; nonmembers $265; early pick-up/late drop-off available for $25 Our five-day summer camp will develop your child’s curiosity for nature exploration and all things nautical. Each of the seven sessions includes outdoor adventures, boat cruises, games, science experiments, crafts, beach trips and more! Small weekly camper groups, low camper-to-counselor ratios, and experienced educators make for an unforgettable camp experience. For students ages 6-12 years old. There are seven sessions of camp available: June 24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; August 5-9; August 12-16; and August 19-23.Camp runs from 9 am-4 pm Monday through Friday, and early drop-off and late pick-up is available (8 am-5:30 pm) for an additional $25. Campers must bring a lunch.  A mid-morning snack is provided.  Campers should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities each day. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.  

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