SEARSPORT - Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum, Mark J. Gabrielson will discuss his book 'Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews: Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island.' The America's Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America's Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Sir Thomas Lipton. Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly 40 of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain's aristocrats could muster.

Mark J. Gabrielson is a licensed Coast Guard master in the Merchant Marine and is a trustee of the Marion-Bermuda Race. He spent childhood summers on Deer Isle and heard the stories of the Deer Isle America's cup team, still one of the best teams ever to race, but he could not find much published information about them.  He graduated from Princeton University and spent 33 years in business but is now a graduate history student at Harvard University Extension School pursuing his life-long interest in researching and writing about maritime history. Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews is the first in a planned series of books. He is now working on a new book on the history of oceanic navigation.

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SEARSPORT Penobscot Bay Capt. Skip Strong will speak about his daring rescue with his oil tanker, in a tropical storm off the coast of Florida in 1994, of an oceangoing tugboat and barge. Strong, then captain of an oil tanker carrying 10 million gallons of crude, was trying to outrun tropical storm Gordon when he picked up a distress call off the Florida coast on Nov. 15, 1994. Strong's was the only vessel close enough to respond. He decided to attempt a rescue, although doing so put his own crew and cargo at risk. He has described this harrowing rescue in his book 'In Peril: A Daring Decision, a Captain's Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History.'

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SEARSPORT - Hear exciting stories of the shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay told by Maine historian Harry Gratwick in his illustrated talk at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. as part of their summer Thursday Night Lecture Series.

Harry Gratwick, whose many books on Maine include 'Stories From the Maine Coast: Skippers, Ships and Storms,' shares highlights from his research on the Bay's fascinating history of shipwrecks. Learn about the famous Revolutionary War shipwrecks of the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition, as well as exciting stories of more modern shipwrecks.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:51

Penobscot Marine Museum launches history website

SEARSPORT - Penobscot Marine Museum announces the launch of its significantly enlarged and newly designed history website Penobscot Bay History Online. The updated website now offers even more Museum resources for researchers and educators. It includes a searchable database of images of hundreds of objects from Penobscot Marine Museum's collection of marine paintings, journal entries, manuscripts, maps and more. Two new original source documents have been added: the journal of a 14-year-old girl from Brewer who sailed with her sea captain father in 1880 and a log kept by the coolie master on a Rockland ship that brought 500 Chinese coolies to Cuba in 1861 to work in the sugar fields. This major website renovation was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:12

Gingerbread lighthouses

The Penobscot Marine Museum's Main Street Gallery will be featuring gingerbread lighthouses on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Kathy Goldner of the Penobscot Marine Museum says the idea came about since Nov. 30 is the town of Searsport's official holiday tree lighting, during which the town sings carols around the tree, located on the Penobscot Marine Museum campus.

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