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Wiscasset's Arctic Connection

Schooner Bowdoin passing the dock, Wiscasset, 1926

Schooner Bowdoin passing the dock, Wiscasset, 1926

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After the Bowdoin was under way, a fleet of pleasure craft accompanied it down the Sheepscot River.

One of the escorts was the “palatial houseboat” the Gadfly, owned by Frederick Rawson.

Before the Bowdoin left the Wiscasset waterfront, MacMillan reported in his logbook that day, "We circled the harbor and then at full-speed shot past the end of the pier for the benefit of the motion picture operators."

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Allen, E. S. Arctic Odyssey: The Life of Rear Admiral Donald B. MacMillan. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1962.

MacMillan, Donald B. "Logbook, 1926 Expedition."

New York Times, Sept. 5, 1926, "MacMillan Finds Old Norse Ruins."

Portland Evening Express, June 17, 1926, "Plan Fitting Farewell for MacMillan Expedition Which Will Sail Saturday."

Portland Press Herald. June 18, 1926, "MacMillan Sails North Tomorrow for Proof of Viking Exploration."

Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald, June 13, 1926, "Preparing Schooner Sachem for Hazardous Arctic Trip."

Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald, June 20, 1926, "Salutes Boom, Crowd Cheers as MacMillan’s Expedition Sails North."


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