Movies, lectures and an instant boat building contest highlight summer events planned along the Midcoast waterfront. There is something for everyone, whether they skipper their own craft, want to know more about the seafood they eat, or are concerned about changes to the ocean environment.

Marine Museum combines with lobster boat races

SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum will offer special exhibits and activities in connection with the Searsport Lobster Boat Races July 9.

An exhibit about lobsters and lobstering will be on display at the Searsport town dock from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Between noon and 4 p.m., the museum will offer a children’s craft activity at Mosman Park. Racing begins at 10 a.m. and may be viewed from both locations.

At the museum itself, the Maine Antique Power Association will show a variety of rare old engines from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn.

All of those activities are free. In addition, visitors who pass through the museum’s admission center may view other lobster-related exhibits, including several full-size lobster boats, lobstering gear, model lobster boats, and a brief video about a lobsterman’s work day. Visitors may also meet “Ironclaw,” the resident live lobster in the museum’s saltwater touch-tank.

Museum admission is $8 for adults, $3 for ages 7 to 15, and free for children under 7 years. Admission is always free for Searsport residents and museum members.

Penobscot Marine Museum is at 40 East Main St. in Searsport. More information can be found by visiting the website at or calling 548-2529.

Schooner Bowdoin celebration kicks off classic boat rendezvous

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will host a waterfront celebration Sunday, July 10 to mark the 90th birthday of the college’s historic schooner Bowdoin, and the beginning of a local tribute to the designs of naval architect and Bowdoin designer William Hand Jr. and his design partner Richard O. Davis.

The public is invited to attend Bowdoin birthday events, including tours of the schooner between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the academy’s waterfront campus, located at the base of Main Street in Castine. Tours will continue the following morning.

Complimentary birthday cake and ice cream will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Mary Morton Cowan, the author of “Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer” will talk from 1 to 2 p.m. in Payson Hall.

The festivities will conclude with the opportunity to view the anticipated arrival of several Hand and Davis vessels.

Organized by the Castine-based Guildive Cruises, and hosted by Maine Maritime Academy, the first annual William Hand Jr. and R.O. Davis Classic Boat Rendezvous will take place in Castine from July 10 through 12.

Vessels will include the ketch Guildive, the Rockland-based 108-foot windjammer Nathaniel Bowditch, the 57-foot motorsailer Burma from Mystic, Conn., and the 36-foot ketch Alisande from Lincoln. An open invitation to participate has been extended to other sail- or motor-powered yachts designed by Hand or Davis.

On Monday, July 11, the Bowdoin will host two free public sails, the first running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 1 to 3 p.m.

The day will also include live music by Flash! In the Pans, a community steel band based in Blue Hill.

Yachts will depart Castine in a parade of sail on the morning of Tuesday, July 12.

For more information about the rendezvous, visit the website at, write to or call Capts. Zander Parker and Kate Kana at 701-1421.

To reserve space on the July 11 sails, contact Tina Pitchford at

Radioactivity in ocean waters

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield will lead a Café Scientifique discussion at 6 p.m. on July 12 about radioactivity in seawater and the new technologies that make it possible for scientists to measure the impact of radioactive contamination on marine ecosystems.

Half-Lives in the Sea is the third of 10 Bigelow Laboratory summer science conversations, held every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 30 in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor.

Café Scientifique talks are free and open to the public, with beer, wine and sodas available for purchase. The complete 2011 summer Café Scientifique program is posted on the laboratory’s website at

Four fish and a movie

PORTLAND — The Gulf of Maine Research Institute announced this season’s free Sea State public lecture series that will include local and global perspectives on species that include river herring, lobster, salmon and tuna.

Port Clyde fishermen will share perspectives on Maine’s fishing heritage and describe how local fishermen care for cod and other species that are important to their community.

The following is a schedule of announced lectures.

  • Thursday, July 14: Bonus Lecture — The Sea Connects All Things with Peter Neill of World Ocean Observatory.
  • Aug. 11 — Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, A Fish Too Cool for its Own Good by Walt Golet of GMRI and the University of Maine.
  • Sept. 15 — Where Do They Go and How Do They Get There? Spying on Atlantic Salmon with New Tracking Technologies with Fred Whoriskey of Dalhousie University.
  • Sept. 29 — The Decline of River Herring: Fact vs. Fiction and Is There a Smoking Gun? with Michael Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
  • Oct. 13 — The Secret Life of Lobster with Win Watson of the University of New Hampshire.
  • Nov. 10 — Movie: “The Fish Belong to the People” with a representative of Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sea State Lectures are free and parking is provided in GMRI’s adjacent lot at 350 Commercial St. in Portland. To reserve space and for more information, contact Patty Collins at or 228-1625.

Model boats at The Apprenticeshop

ROCKLAND — Dave Blanchard will offer a presentation on ship modeling and remote control boating at the July meeting of Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop, a monthly program series, sponsored by Eastern Tire and Auto Service.

Examples of various types of models will be on hand, and Blanchard will lead a wide open discussion, demonstration, and very small boat rendezvous. Blanchard is the founder of the Ship Model Builders Club of Maine.

The lecture will take place Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at 643 Main St. in Rockland. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit the website at or call 594-1800.

Department of Marine Resources aquaculture public hearing

Boothbay Harbor — On Thursday, July 21 at noon at the North Haven Municipal Office, the Department of Marine Resources will hold a public hearing to consider the application of Adam and Michelle Campbell for a 10-year, 3-acre lease for suspended and bottom culture of American oysters located in Pulpit Harbor Mill Stream in North Haven.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearing to ask questions of the parties and give testimony.

The department evaluates several criteria for the granting of leases, including the effect of the proposed lease upon riparian owners, navigation, fishing and other uses of the area, other aquaculture uses, and ecologically significant plants and animals.

For further information contact DMR Aquaculture Hearings Officer Diantha Robinson at 633-9531 or

National Boatbuilding Challenge returns to Belfast

BELFAST — The National Boatbuilding Challenge will return to Belfast Saturday, Aug. 20 during the Belfast Harbor Fest, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club.

The challenge involves two-person teams building a 12-foot wooden skiff in less than four hours, followed by a rowing race. Teams are judged on how quickly they complete construction, the quality of the craftsmanship and their speed on the water in the two-man relay rowing race.

For the $150 entry fee, each team receives plans and building materials, a workspace and competes for a $300 first place prize, $150 for second place and a $50 gift certificate for third place. Teams provide their own tools, worktables and oars, which can be made beforehand.

The competition will begin at 10 a.m. at Steamboat Landing in Belfast. For more information or to register, visit or call David Crabiel at 322-5805.

Glacier pieces moving south

BATTLE HARBOUR, LABRADOR — Large pieces of the massive glacier that broke off northern Greenland last year are traveling near southern Labrador, according to a story that appeared online June 23 at

Ocean extinctions increase

A June 21 news story that appeared on the website at discussed a study that may demonstrate that ocean life is at risk of “the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing.”

The study, conducted by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, said there was little time to address such issues as the collapse of coral reefs and the spread of low-oxygen “dead zones.”

To see the report, visit the website at

Open Lighthouse Day set for September

AUGUSTA — The third annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day will take place rain or shine Sept. 17, with many of the state’s coastal, island and river lighthouses planning to welcome the public.

Eighteen thousand people visited 25 open light stations during last year’s event, and 5,000 people climbed up light towers for the lantern room view. The event is coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation and is the largest event of its kind in the country.

For more information, visit the website at

Greenpeace executive arrested on arctic rig

The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, was arrested and flown to Greenland after breaching an exclusion zone and scaling a controversial Arctic oil rig about 75 miles out to sea.

At 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 17, an inflatable speedboat carrying Naidoo was launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. The rig’s operators, Cairn Energy, used water cannons to try to prevent him from climbing a 100-foot ladder up the outside of one of the rig’s giant legs, but Naidoo made it to the platform, where he demanded that Cairn immediately halt drilling operations and leave the Arctic.

He also sought a meeting with the master of the rig so he could present the names of 50,000 people from across the world who have emailed Cairn to demand they publish the rig’s secret oil spill response plan. The document has been at the center of a month-long campaign of civil disobedience in the Arctic.

The area where Cairn intends to drill is known as Iceberg Alley. According to a Greenpeace press release, the company intends to tow icebergs out of the rig’s path or use water cannons to divert them to avoid a collision as the rig drills for oil.

According to the website, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at or call 207-236-8511.