Schooner 'Bowdoin' relaunched, Bath, 1984

Contributed by Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center


Originally built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin required extensive restoration by the late 1960s -- fifteen years after Donald MacMillan himself had retired from Arctic travel.

Here, the restored and garlanded schooner rests on the launching ways at the former Percy & Small Shipyard along the Kennebec River in Bath. She was ready for new masts and rigging, and a second career at sea.

Guests are aboard for the launching, just as they were in 1921. The fishing schooner Sherman Zwicker, at right, is dressed with flags for the celebration. Sadly, her longtime captain Donald MacMillan had passed away in 1970, but Miriam MacMillan participated in the re-launching festivities.

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  • Title: Schooner 'Bowdoin' relaunched, Bath, 1984
  • Creation Date: 1984-10-26
  • Subject Date: 1984-10-26
  • Location: Percy & Small Shipyard, Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Photo negative
  • Local Code: 1994.5.1506
  • Collection: Miriam MacMillan Bequest
  • Object Type: Image

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Bowdoin College, 9500 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8495
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