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February 2019

A Look at Maine and the Caribbean through Contemporary Art

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jaime DeSimone, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art, will lead an engaging in-gallery discussion at Maine Maritime Museum on race, identity, post-colonialism, and cultural boundaries in the Caribbean as an epilogue and response to our current exhibit, The Tropics Next Door: A Look at Maine and the Caribbean. Jaime’s work on the PMA’s new exhibit, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago will bring new insights on American-Caribbean relations as expressed through Contemporary Caribbean artists. FREE with admission This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

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Caribbean Connections: Bixby Chocolate Factory Tour & Tasting

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bixby & Co, One Sea Street Pl
Rockland, Maine 04841 United States

Discover Maine's connection to the Caribbean chocolate trade with an exclusive behind-the-scenes Bixby & Co. chocolate factory tour, tasting and panel discussion featuring Bixby & Co. and Maine Maritime Museum staff. Bixby & Co.'s factory, located in a 125-year-old ice plant in one of Rockland's working marinas, is the first bean-to-bar chocolate confectionary in the state of Maine. After the tour, sample some of the state's best chocolate as you learn more about Bixby & Co.'s fair-trade connections to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Advance registration is required.  Participants will meet in Rockland; transportation is not provided.

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March 2019

Caribbean Connections: Sebago Lake Distillery Tour and Tasting

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sebago Lake Distillery, 463 Water Street
Gardiner, ME 04345 United States

Rum. The production, sale, and transport of this liquor had a profound impact on Maine’s maritime trade and culture. Join Maine Maritime Museum and Master Distiller Dan Davis on a tour of Sebago Lake Distillery and learn more about rum’s controversial place in American history and the science behind turning molasses into high-quality rum. Better yet – sip while you listen. Participants will be treated to a private tasting of the distillery’s small batch rums. 21+ event. Advance registration is required. Participants will meet in Gardiner; transportation is not provided.

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The USS Maine and American Propaganda

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The explosion and sinking of the USS Maine off the coast of Cuba on February 15, 1898, set off a media storm of battling headlines and fake stories in American newspapers. Join Curator of Exhibits Christopher Timm to flip through the pages and images that culminated in a dramatic shift in U.S. and Caribbean relations. FREE with admission. This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

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April 2019

Volunteer Recruitment Party

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Join our corps of museum volunteers! There are a variety of positions open for the 2019 season, including Mary E docents, gallery docents, and Percy & Small Shipyard tour guides. Join us in Long Reach Hall to meet our volunteers and learn about available opportunities.

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46th Annual Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium: Changing Environments

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Registration for Symposium is now closed. Contact Guest Services at (207) 443-1316 x331 with questions. Mariners and those who depend on the sea cause and respond to cultural, economic, and ecological changes. This symposium takes an interdisciplinary look at the issue of changing environments through a variety of lenses. These lenses include changing visual and cultural interpretations of the sea, Maine’s changing roles in international trade, the changing role of literary figures in marine conservation, and the ways that climate change impacts fisheries. Advance registration is required, tickets will not be available at the door. An optional boxed lunch can be ordered during registration; attendees are also free to go off-site to enjoy Bath’s restaurants for lunch. Boxed lunches must be ordered in advance. Schedule: 9:00-9:30 AM        Check-in and Coffee Reception 9:30 AM                Opening Remarks 10:00 AM              The “Liquid, Mystic Theme” in American Art: Shifting Perceptions of the Sea Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, City University of New York 10:50-11:00 AM    Break 11:00 AM              From Guangzhou to Augusta: The Influence of the Delano Family of Maine on the Changing Environment of the Early-U.S. Sino Trade Thomas H. Cox, Associate Professor of History, Sam Houston State University 12:00-1:30 PM       Lunch 1:30  PM               Creating a Hurricane? The Double Life of Marcus Mote’s Shipwreck at Sea, 1883                               Julia Stephens May, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia 2:20 PM                 Fish Tale: A Hemingway Marlin in Maine                               Susan F. Beegel, Former Editor of The Hemingway Review 3:10–3:20 PM       Break 3:20 PM                 The Future of Fishing in a Rapidly Warming Gulf of Maine Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Manomet Anne Hayden, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet 4:10 PM                 Closing Remarks 4:30–6:00  PM       Reception

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Suddenly in Command

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - April 24 @ 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

  Suddenly in Command! What would you do if you found yourself suddenly in command when the skipper is incapacitated? This is the ideal course for those who enjoy boating but are not often at the helm. Boating problems and emergencies can occur, and you may find yourself suddenly in command. How can you get help? How can you get to shore? What can you do if boating mishaps arise? This course covers some essential boating information about what to do in these situations. Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, VHF radio introduction including  how to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations, and accident assessment and reporting. This course is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This class meets Monday, April 22, 2019 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019  from 6 - 8pm. All required materials are included in the course fee.                                                      

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Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana; Talk and Book Signing

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
Harbor-of-Spies

Harbor of Spies:  A Novel of Historic Havana is an historical suspense novel set in Cuba at the height of the Civil War.  Havana was then alive with blockade runners, spies and slave traders.  Robin Lloyd's illustrated talk with period paintings, lithographs and photographs will reveal the history and inspiration behind his new seafaring novel and show period images of old Havana, its harbor, the ships that formed the Naval blockade in the Gulf of Mexico and those that dared to try to pass through it. The talk will tell the story of Cuba's role in the American Civil War and reveal why Havana was one of the most important foreign ports supplying the Confederacy. A book signing will follow the talk.

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May 2019

Screen-Free Night

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a fun evening of FREE family activities, including a jellyfish craft, shipwreck scavenger hunt, and a sneak preview of our fun summer program Seabase Delta: Aquanaut Academy. Plus, learn more about Kennebec Explorers Day Camp at the museum!

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Community Day

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual kick-off to the summer season! Admission is FREE and cruise tickets are just $10. Don't miss the return of the historic schooner Mary E and the raising of the flags over the Wyoming with a cannon salute at noon. We will also be celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit Shipwrecks and Salvage. Plus, check out our fun summer family program "Seabase Delta Aquanauts Academy" for an interactive lesson on deep sea diving, and learn how ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) are changing underwater archaeology at our ROV demonstration. And of course you can tour the historic Percy & Small Shipyard and enjoy all of the museum's exhibits.

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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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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

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

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

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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Lighthouse Lovers Cruise (4 hours)

June 15 @ 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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Six Rivers of Merrymeeting Bay (3 hours)

June 16 @ 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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Seguin Island Lighthouse Cruise

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on July 31, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on August 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on August 30, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on September 12, 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 17, July 16, July 31, August 14, August 30, and September 12, from 10 am to 3 pm. Members $56; nonmembers $70

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The Bath Iron Works Story: By Land & By Sea

June 18 @ 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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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 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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Midcoast Lights and Rivers Cruise (3 hours)

June 18 @ 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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