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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1885
Media: Black and white photograph
Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Contributed by: Hubbard Free Library
Date: circa 1877
Location: Hallowell; Plymouth
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Rebecca Usher of Hollis was 41 and single when she joined the Union nursing service at the U.S. General Hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania. Her time there and later at City Point, Virginia, were defining experiences of her life.
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.