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Suddenly in Command

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

  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.                                                      

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.

Screen-Free Night

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!

Navigating Midcoast Maine

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.                                                         

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

Boothbay Harbor Shipyard 120 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME

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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Seguin Island Lighthouse Cruise

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

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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

Maine Wharf 68 Commercial Street, Portland, ME

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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Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta Race

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

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

Portland Dockside Dock location to be determined, Portland, ME

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.

Windjammer Days Cruise

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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  

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

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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.

Fireworks Cruise

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

Heritage Days Fireworks Cruise

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

We've added a second Fireworks Cruise to view the Heritage Days Fireworks on Sunday, July 7! 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.

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.

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Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

The Shakers are famous for their simple and elegant designs, and the Shaker oval box is no exception.  Learn boatbuilding techniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending, although no experience, boatbuilding or otherwise, is required. Each participant builds three nesting oval boxes made from cherry and cedar.  All materials are included in the class fee. This class will be offered twice in 2019: August 14 and 15, 5-8 pm, and December 4 and 5, 5-8 pm.

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.

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Explore Maine’s Pumpkin Trail

From Labor Day through the end of October, explore all of the fall fun Maine's beautiful Midcoast has to offer! Maine's Pumpkin Trail covers 40 miles of Maine's most charming coastline and features cruises, giant racing pumpkin boats, parades, shopping, fantastic gardens, festivals, flying and smashing pumpkins, and events for the entire family! See the full calendar of Maine's Pumpkin Trail events here. Learn more about the partners of Maine's Pumpkin Trail!  

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Lighthouse Legends & Lore Cruise (3.5 hours)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

A fall favorite! Explore the legends and lore of Midcoast Maine’s lighthouses including a shore landing at the historic Burnt Island Light. Your adventure will be guided by Red Cloak Haunted History Tours. Up to seven lighthouses can be seen, and the visit to Burnt Island includes a chance to view the keeper’s house and other facilities up-close, including the majestic Burnt Island Light tower. Running Saturdays at 2 pm, September 7-October 26. Members $54; nonmembers $68; 6-12 years $44; under 6 $10

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. 

Songs of the Sea: Live Music with Jim Mageean, Pat Sheridan and Miscellania

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Jim Mageean and Pat Sheridan, folk singers and international recording artists who hail, respectively, from England and Ireland, will perform traditional sea shanties during an evening celebrating maritime music. Mageean’s world-renowned performances and arrangements have been featured in international festivals, television, and film, including 2003’s Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World. Special guests, Miscellania, Bowdoin College’s female acapella group, will open the show with their rendition of “Roll the Old Chariot” featured in the exhibit, Maritime Music.

Lecture: The History and Process of Shipwreck Archaeology

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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

Boatshop Workshop: Fireside Stool Class

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

The fireside stool is held together with glue and wedges and is a great beginning woodworking project. It's extremely versatile for adults, children, and pets alike.  You'll find yourself using it all over the house and your friends will marvel at its artistic beauty.  No woodworking experience is necessary--over 200 have been built by our 5th to 8th-grade boatbuilding students.  Includes all materials. This class meets November 6 and 7, 2019 from 5-8 pm.

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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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Annual Fall Book Sale

You look forward to it every year! November 9-13, shop the museum's fall sale for unique old books, discounted store merchandise, special markdowns, and all sorts of treasures. Remember: admission is never required to shop the museum store.  

An Energetic History of Maritime Maine: The Role of Energy in Shaping Maritime History

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Coal, wood, water, wind – humans have a long history of using these resources to heat our homes and fuel our energy needs. Lincoln Paine, an internationally published maritime historian, will share his insights on how Maine’s maritime history was shaped by the growing need for energy, past and present. This event will also be a book signing for Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine.

Mixers & Merriment at the Museum: A Spirited Celebration of Maine Craft Cocktails

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Celebrate the season with a toast to Maine’s incredible craft distilleries! Join us for this popular evening of festive fun, and sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers. This year's vendors include Hardshore Distilling, Liquid Riot Bottling Co., New England Distilling, Round Turn Distilling, Sebago Lake Distillery, Stone Fort Distilling, Three of Strong Spirits, and mocktails from The Bar Association! Ticket price includes all cocktail samples and tapas from Stone Cove Catering.  Sample all the seasonal spirits and cast your vote for the People's Choice best cocktail of the night.  A festive soundtrack from Performance Entertainment will keep the holiday spirits high! This is a 21+ event. Generously sponsored by:

MMM Celebrates Bright Night Bath

Friday, December 13 from 4 to 6:30 pm: support the museum, shop local, and find unique gifts for everyone on your list! We'll be offering special discounts in the store, free gift wrapping, and refreshments. Admission is never required to shop the museum store!

Jolly Family Jamboree

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with Captain Christmas at our Jolly Family Jamboree! Explore the museum, snap a pic in front of the lobster trap tree, enjoy holiday-themed crafts, activities, live music, and of course, a visit from Santa and his pirate pal Captain Christmas. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will even be here to present their rendition of The Grinch!  The antics of these handmade glove, mouth and rod puppets are sure to bring smiles and laughter to the child in all of us. 45-minute puppet show starts at 10:30am.

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A Frozen Kingdom: Commerce & Pleasure in the Maine Winter

MMM Chief Curator, Christopher Timm, will share his insights on organizing our winter exhibit Frozen Kingdom and reveal some of Maine’s most intriguing stories connected to Maine’s notoriously frigid winters. This event is FREE with museum admission.

Boatshop Workshop: Toboggan-Building Class

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Bring your friends for our first ever toboggan-building class!  Groups of up to five will build an 8-foot toboggan over two evenings.  Boatbuilding techniques employed in the class include steam bending, riveting and ropework.  The class runs January 22-23 to give participants time to sand and varnish before the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden February 7-9. Be sure to sign up quickly, there are only six spots available!  Class runs for two evenings, January 22 and 23, 2020 from 5-8 pm in the museum's Boatshop.

Guided Winter Hike with KELT: Tracking Winter Estuary Animals

DeWick Farm 208 Phipps Point Road, Woolwich, ME

Even in the dead of winter, the natural world is brimming with activity! All one needs to do is look for the signs animals leave behind. Join Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) and Maine Maritime Museum to discover how to read animal tracks at DeWick Farm in Woolwich on Saturday, January 25 at 10 am. Led by Maine Master Naturalists, participants will learn to interpret clues to tell the story of local wildlife in winter in the Kennebec Estuary. Maine has very few animals that are true hibernators, or animals that spend winter in a dormant state. Many of the creatures thought to be hidden away for the coldest parts of the year are still active to find food, water, and even mates. Naturalists will share the process of tracking and identifying these furry friends by observing their prints. Participants will learn to measure and interpret an animal's print and tracks. DeWick Farm is a KELT easement that was generously donated by the DeWick Family in 2013. A mixture of woodland, open fields, and shoreline on Montsweag Bay, it will serve as an excellent backdrop to explore the lives of Maine mammals in winter. Program material is geared for budding naturalists and is family friendly. Because winter weather can be unpredictable, this event will only be postponed in the case of severe weather. Driving directions to the easement will follow registration. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains ten preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 3,700+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit http://www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

The Discovery of the USS Eagle 56 Shipwreck

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

In April 1945, as WWII was coming to an end, the US patrol boat mysteriously exploded in Portland’s harbor. Despite surviving crew members’ adamant claims they were torpedoed by a German U-boat, the US Navy declared the tragedy a result of an accidental boiler explosion. The Navy has since corrected their assessment and the shipwreck has recently been discovered. Ryan King, the lead diver and underwater photographer, will share Eagle 56’s story and how his team uncovered the mystery of her location.

Maine Ships in the Arctic

The Arctic regions have long drawn the interest of daring adventures. Several Maine-built ships vessels have journeyed, explored, and worked in these dangerous ice and fog shrouded waters. Join historian and teacher Charles Lagerbom in a look at the history of numerous vessels that were launched in Maine and ventured to Arctic waters – with some not to return. This event is FREE with admission.

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