The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum continues to host its winter speaker series, sharing its mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Mary Day” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place utilizing the online portal, Zoom.
Although the schooner Mary Day is considered a classic of the Maine coast, many are not aware that she never carried cargo or fish in her hold as so many of the local windjammers did in the past. The first of the Maine windjammers to be built exclusively for carrying passengers along the coast of Maine, the 90-ft wooden schooner was designed by her first Captain, Havilah “Bud” Hawkins, Sr. and she celebrated 50 years in service at the Camden Windjammer Festival in 2012, having logged over 150,000 miles at the time.
She was launched in 1962 from the Harvey F. Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, making her the first commercial coasting schooner launched in the second half of the 20th century.
Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, will be joined by Captains Barry King, Havilah Hawkins, Ron Hawkins, and Steve Cobb.
Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: www.sailpowersteammuseum.org on the “Music and Calendar” tab.
In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people “grab a dram of run” (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captains Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of this amazing vessel.