The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will be hosting the first online event of their winter speaker series Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., and sharing their mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.

“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Arctic Explorer, the schooner Bowdoin” will take place utilizing the online portal, Zoom. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website:

Joining Captain Jim Sharp to talk about the fascinating history of this much beloved vessel — the official vessel of the State of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy — will be Captains Will McClain, Andy Chase, John Worth, and Elliot Rappaport.

Built by in 1921 by Donald B. MacMillan, she was designed specifically to handle the stresses of Arctic exploration, frozen in the ice for extended periods of time. After 26 trips north under Admiral MacMillan’s command, she was retired in 1954, her condition declining nearly to the point of no return when she was rescued by Capt. Sharp in the 1960s and underwent an extensive overhaul, fitting her out for the windjammer trade in Camden. Eventually donated to Maine Maritime Academy in 1988, she has made three voyages above the Arctic Circle as well as trips to Newfoundland and Labrador and regular visits to Nova Scotia with students from the Academy.

In the true spirit of Maine's maritime heritage, it is suggested that people “grab a dram of run” (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captains Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of this amazing vessel. For more information, visit