Bermuda Cup, submarine patrol vessel, fishing dragger

Captains’ Quarters: Stories of schooner Ladona (formerly Nathaniel Bowditch)

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The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host the second of their 2021/22 winter speaker series, Captains’ Quarters, sharing their mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Ladona” will be held Tuesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will take place utilizing the online portal Zoom. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: on the “Music and Calendar” tab.

With a diverse sailing history, Ladona has always been known for her beauty, swiftness, and strength since the day she was christened in 1922, according to the Museum, in a news release. Originally commissioned by Homer Loring as a private yacht, she was designed by William Hand, and launched out of Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay Harbor.

Named for the U.S. Naval gunship upon which Loring’s father served during the Civil War, Ladona sailed the eastern seaboard, raced occasionally, and was much beloved by the Loring family. In the 1923 Bermuda Cup, she proved her mettle as an ocean racer, taking first place in her class. During World War II, she served her country as a submarine patrol vessel with the U.S. Navy out of New York Harbor. After the war, she was renamed Jane Doré and worked as a fishing dragger out of Stonington, Connectucut. In 1971, she was renovated as a sail-training vessel under the name Nathaniel Bowditch.

Eventually she entered the Maine Windjammer fleet, carrying vacationing passengers along the coast of Maine. Forty years later and in need of repair, her undeniably exquisite design captured the hearts of Captain Noah and Jane Barnes. Over the course of two years and under their loving stewardship, Ladona was fully restored to her original yachting glory and name.

Join the Museum for an evening of reminiscing about the vessel as Captain Jim Sharp, co-founder of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, is joined by Captain Noah and Jane Barnes, Captain J.R. Braugh, crew, and former and future passengers as they share the history, photos, and stories of the vessel.

In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people grab a ‘tot’ of rum (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captain Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of these amazing vessels.


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Tue, 11/09/2021 - 6:30pm

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