The history of Maine boats and boatbuilders will be the theme of a conference at Penobscot Marine Museum, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22. Well-known boatbuilders and historians will give presentations on the development of Maine boat types and the history of famous boat yards and builders.

Scheduled speakers and topics will include:

  • Jon Johansen, historian and publisher, Maine Coastal News: “The Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat”
  • David Cockey, president, Museum Small Craft Association: “Results of a Comparative Study of Maine Peapods”
  • Ralph Stanley, boatbuilder, on Friendship sloops
  • David Andrews, historian, on the Gamage boatyard of South Bristol
  • Walter Ansel, Head Shipwright, Mystic Seaport: “Rebuilding the Dragger Roann at Newbert & Wallace of Thomaston”

Additional speakers and topics will be announced.

The event begins Friday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of the documentary “Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul,” produced and narrated by ESPN commentator Gary Jobson. Registration for live sessions begins Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m. Meals and refreshments are included both days.

Registration for both days is $75 for the general public and $60 for museum members. Single-day registrations are also available, and discounts are available for students and teachers. Attendees are also invited to participate in the annual meeting of the Museum Small Craft Association at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Oct. 19-20, for a single combined registration fee of $130. For more information or to register, call 548-2529 or visit

Penobscot Marine Museum’s annual History Conference draws together amateur historians, professional scholars and others interested in the history of Maine and the Penobscot Bay region. It encourages exploration of the region’s traditions and resources and provides a forum for learning and discussion while promoting broader perspectives and understanding.