OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

Lecture: Navigating Change in Cuba: Studying Maritime Tourism Onboard a Tall Ship and a Cruise Ship

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

In 2017, Dr Tracy Michaud led a group of students from the University of Southern Maine to Cuba to explore the fundamental transformations that occurred during the restoration of US-Cuban diplomatic relations. Dr Michaud will share how students were able to explore this historic change from the unique perspective of maritime tourism development aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage.

Sailor Valentines and Caribbean Travel Trinkets

Looking for inspiration for that perfect Valentine’s gift? Early mariners knew where to go – Barbados! This Caribbean island monopolized the production of seashell trinkets to profit from sailors looking for something to take home to their sweethearts. Join Manager of Interpretation Sarah Timm for a family-friendly exploration of these unique objects, and create your own Sailor's Valentine to take home! All materials provided. FREE with admission This event is part of our winter programming series On Deck.

A Look at Maine and the Caribbean through Contemporary Art

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.

The USS Maine and American Propaganda

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.

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

Lecture: Modern Oceanographic Equipment and the Search for the Schooner Wyoming

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

John Perry Fish led an oceanographic team on a 20-year search for the final resting place of the Bath-built, six-masted schooner Wyoming, which was located in 2003 off the coast of Cape Cod.  The operation encountered sharks, fierce tidal currents and coastal storms.In this presentation, Fish will detail the technology employed in the search for the Wyoming and the latest equipment used in modern ocean searches. Fish has managed over 350 at-sea search operations for lost submerged objects from 747 aircraft to modern, historic and treasure ships.  His company operations have spanned the globe with search operations performed in Europe, China, Australia and South America.

Talk: Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Director Ryan Robbins and Producer Liz McKeil will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a new documentary set to premier in 2020 featuring never-before-seen underwater footage revealing the discovery and history of the sunken steamships in Moosehead Lake. https://youtu.be/Lm8btql_65M

Portland memorial: Recognition ceremony for New England’s Titanic

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Learn more about the Portland vessel, the sinking, the discovery, the lives lost, and the shipwreck’s cultural significance to the sanctuary. This live interaction welcomes you to a ceremony to memorialize the tragedy of the Portland Gale of 1898. Additionally, you will meet the research team and learn about expedition operations. This program offers insight on the history of Portland, a memorial ceremony, and an opportunity to connect with the expedition team.

Deep-sea exploration: Biology and archaeology in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Explore the shipwrecks lying on the seafloor of NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay. This live interaction will connect you to the expedition scientists who study the communities of marine life that make shipwrecks their home. Additionally, you will learn the stories behind Portland by visiting the vessel on the seafloor. This program will focus on the biological and archaeological significance of the Portland shipwreck in one of America's underwater treasures.

Deep-sea exploration: Biology and archaeology in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Explore the shipwrecks lying on the seafloor of NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay. This live interaction will connect you to the expedition scientists who study the communities of marine life that make shipwrecks their home. Additionally, you will learn the stories behind Portland by visiting the vessel on the seafloor. This program will focus on the biological and archaeological significance of the Portland shipwreck in one of America's underwater treasures. 

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