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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

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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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

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 Race

June 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on June 23, 2019 at 3:30 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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Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta Sunset Sail

June 23 @ 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

Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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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   SchoonerFest is organized by Tall Ships® Maine.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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