The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has given a grant of $5,000 in funding to Maine Maritime Academy to help maintain, protect, and preserve the historic schooner Bowdoin.

The Bowdoin renovation project is part of a long-term maintenance and care plan to replace Bowdoin’s deck and complete other upgrades that are easily accessible when the old deck is removed. The renovations were completed at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer in Camden.

The renovation is funded through the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign, a $1.6 million fundraising campaign to replace the ship’s deck and strengthen her endowment. The aim of the campaign is to keep the Bowdoin exploring, sailing, and training for the next 100 years.

Bowdoin serves as the key training ship for Maine Maritime Academy‘s Vessel Operations and Technology (VOT) and Small Vessel Operations (SVO) undergraduate programs, as well as the platform for MMA’s Sail Training Minor. When not in use for training purposes, Bowdoin’s popularity and historical charm keep her calendar brimming with public and private tours, appearances, and excursions. A National Historic Landmark, Bowdoin is also the Official Vessel of the State of Maine.