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Schooner 'Bowdoin's' Seafaring Life

Schooner 'Bowdoin,' 1946

Schooner 'Bowdoin,' 1946

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

The classic American schooner Bowdoin has led many lives. In this 1946 photograph, the 25-year-old schooner was newly restored following her years of Navy service in World War II.

The schooner was renovated again in the 1970s and early 1980s. She joined the prestigious ranks of National Historic Landmarks in 1989.

Her story continues. Acquired in 1988 by Maine Maritime Academy for use as a training vessel, the Bowdoin voyages around New England and northward to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Greenland.

She continues her mission of training young men and women in seamanship -- as her first captain, Donald MacMillan, expressed it, to "help them find the thing in life that they will love."

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