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Contributed by: Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Location: Eskimo Island
Media: paper; photograph
Contributed by: Farnsworth Art Museum through Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Media: Photographic print
"The Bowdoin Boys" -- some students and recent graduates -- traveled to Labrador in 1891 to collect artifacts, specimens, and to try to find Grand Falls, a waterfall deep in Labrador's interior.
After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner Bowdoin, which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.
Scientist, author and explorer Donald B. MacMillan established Wiscasset as his homeport for many of the voyages he made to the Arctic region starting in the early 1920s.
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… Islanders still fished, but instead of sailing to Labrador, they stayed more local. Foremost, of course, were lobsters, but other fishermen still…
… and seasonally went fishing as far north as Labrador. During the Civil War, A.C. also served in the Union Navy as a Capt on the revenue cutter USS…