The Midcoast windjammer fleet’s annual parade of sail will mark 75 years of windjamming in America with a lighthouse parade and Gordon Bok concert.

On July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m., more than a dozen windjammers will pass the Rockland Breakwater. The afternoon event will include close-up views of the entire fleet, tours of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a flyover by the Owls Head Transportation Museum and free shuttle service between Harbor Plaza and the breakwater parking area on Samoset Road.

For spectators who need help distinguishing a ketch from a schooner or a coaster from a pilot boat, Capt. Jim Sharp of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will narrate the parade over the lighthouse’s public address system.

Windjammers will anchor off Sharp’s Point South, adjacent to the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at 75 Mechanic St., in anticipation of a 7:30 p.m. concert by Gordon Bok and Friends. Time Magazine called Bok the “poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships.” He will be joined by folk musician and guitar-maker Nick Apollonio, along with other special guests.

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking at Snow Marine Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs for lawn seating.

On Saturday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. the Rockland windjammers in the Maine Windjammer Association will host open house visits at North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf for tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.

For more information about these events, visit the website at

Maine steamboats at Sail, Power and Steam Museum

ROCKLAND — On Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m., the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present a talk by Charlie Ipcar on the steamboats that used to ply the Maine waters.

In the early 1900s small steamboats were used for travel from all parts of Midcoast Maine. The Bath to Boothbay route was developed by the Eastern Steamboat Co.

Ipcar’s presentation will feature vintage photographs of the steamboats, their crews and their island stops along the coast. It will be introduced with an original song as a tribute to this history.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs call 594-0200 or visit the website at

Seabird workshop at Pemaquid Beach

BRISTOL — Disney Conservation Hero Susan Schubel will lead a workshop Friday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach Park. Families and all ages are invited to come learn about seabirds through indoor and outdoor activities.

The workshop is free, but donations are welcome. Participants must pay the town’s admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park. For more information call 563-2196 or email

Diving weight systems recalled

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation Diving Unlimited International Inc. of San Diego, announced a voluntary recall of the DUI Weight & Trim System Classic and DUI Weight & Trim System II.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The recall affects about 1,454 units in the U.S. and 46 in Canada

According to a press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, manufacturing defects in the lanyard connecting the handle to the pocket or the cable securing the pocket to the harness can prevent the weight pockets from easily detaching from the harness and releasing the weights when the handle is pulled. This poses a drowning hazard to consumers. No related injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the systems and call DUI at 800-325-8439 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, or e-mail to receive a free repair of the system.

Ocean Chemistry at Café Scientifique

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist Ben Twining will lead a Café Scientifique discussion at 6 p.m. on July 19 about the use of advanced technology in understanding the role of trace metals in the world’s oceans.

Don’t Kill the Messenger is the fourth of 10 Bigelow Laboratory summer science conversations, held every Tuesday evening through Aug. 30 in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor.

Twining’s research examines the interactions between microorganisms and trace metals in the ocean, investigating how the presence of metals in seawater affects phytoplankton growth.

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.

Last year, 18,000 people visited 25 open light stations, 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. It is the largest event of its kind in the country.

For more information, visit the website at

Fishermen’s Energy awards management contract

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — AECOM, a provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced that Fishermen’s Energy LLC recently awarded the firm a contract for project and construction management, engineering, and procurement services for its Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm project. Located about 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J., this will be the first offshore windfarm project to be built in North America.

AECOM is currently supporting Fishermen’s Energy LLC in the detailed project planning and scheduling activities as well as in the procurement of construction contracts and major equipment. The project is slated to produce up to 25 megawatts of energy capable of powering approximately 10,000 homes. In addition to creating more than 200 construction jobs, it is a prototype for larger scale utility projects that are currently in various stages of development. AECOM has begun pre-construction activities and will provide project, procurement, construction and commissioning management services for the project.

Fishermen’s Energy LLC is a developer of offshore wind energy projects, founded by New Jersey commercial fishermen. According to a press release, Fishermen’s Energy intends to harvest the wind and the sea, side by side, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

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.