Penobscot Marine Museum photography exhibit at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center

Schooner ‘Albert L. Butler’ wrecked on beach at Provincetown, Mass. in 1898. The photo is part of the Ed Coffin Collection at the Penobscot Marine Museum

Belfast, Maine — Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit, “From the Cradle to the Grave” by photographer Ed Coffin, will be on display until March 6 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

The free public exhibit in the H. Alan and Sally Fernald Art Gallery, open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., is a collection of two crowd-pleasers — ship launches and shipwrecks.

The “birth” and “death” of ships have long held the public's fascination. Most of Maine’s midcoast towns have been involved in building boats, ships and schooners. Watching the culmination of a year or more of construction and investment has been a spectacle not to be missed. On the flipside, the wreck of a ship evokes entirely different feelings, but the pull to see the tragic scene and to learn the grim story can be just as strong.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online (

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