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April 2019

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
$15.00 - $45.00

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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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
$7.00 - $10.00
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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June 2019

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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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

Talk and Book Signing: Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Farro

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Into the Raging Sea, a national bestseller and one of NPR's "Best Books of 2018," recounts the loss of the container ship El Faro, in 2015's Hurricane Joaquin.  Rachel Slade, acclaimed for her investigative journalism, unravels the mystery surrounding this recent shipwreck. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the talk.

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August 2019

Lecture: Tow Salvage or Vessel Recovery? An Introduction to Salvage Laws at Work

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Captain Bruce White will share his experience with Sea Tow to unravel the complexity of salvage laws.  Explore the differences between salvage, a simple tow, and a vessel recovery through real-world examples of boating accidents off of Maine's coast.

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October 2019

Lecture: Maine’s Deep Connection to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Currents, Cod and Shipwrecks

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Using stunning imagery captured with underwater drones and by divers, Ben Haskell, Deputy Superintendent of Stellwagen Bank will take the audience on a tour of several iconic shipwrecks that were built in Maine.  Among them is the steamship Portland which sank in the Gale of 1898 with all hands on board. Along the way he will describe the marine life that have make the shipwrecks their home and how the Maine Coastal Current contributes to the amazing productivity of the Sanctuary.

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Lecture: The History and Process of Shipwreck Archaeology

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $10.00

Prof. Warren Reiss will explain the significance, possibilities, fieldwork, analysis, and ethics of this unique endeavor.  Riess will use maritime archaeology examples mostly in Maine.

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