'Bowdoin' and S.S. 'Peary' departing from Wiscasset, 1925
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A large crowd was present at the send-off for the schooner Bowdoin and the steamer Peary as they left Wiscasset for the Arctic to pursue an experiment. Well-wishers crowd the dock, both vessels, and the small boats and ferry nearby. The vessels carried three amphibious airplanes, U.S. Navy personnel, and a radio set in order to test the feasibility of using both aircraft and radio communications in Arctic regions. This 1925 joint expedition was sponsored by National Geographic.