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Captains’ Quarters to highlight the schooner Mary Day

Feb 15, 2021
The schooner Mary Day celebrated 50 years in service at the Camden Windjammer Festival in 2012.

Rockland — The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will present “Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Mary Day,” Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place on Zoom. Registration is required and available on sailpowersteammuseum.org on the “Music and Calendar” tab.

Although the schooner Mary Day is considered a classic of the Maine coast, many are not aware that she never carried cargo or fish in her hold as so many local windjammers did in the past. The first of the Maine windjammers to be built exclusively for carrying passengers along the coast of Maine, the 90-foot wooden schooner was designed by her first Captain, Havilah “Bud” Hawkins Sr., and she celebrated 50 years in service at the Camden Windjammer Festival in 2012, having logged over 150,000 miles at the time. She was launched in 1962 from the Harvey F. Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, making her the first commercial coasting schooner launched in the second half of the 20th Century.

Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, will be joined by Captains Barry King, Havilah Hawkins, Ron Hawkins, and Steve Cobb.

In the true spirit of 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 wood stove, and join Captains Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of this amazing vessel. For more information, visit SailPowerSteamMuseum.org.

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