Steamboat History on Penobscot Bay lecture in Rockland
ROCKLAND – Civil engineer George Barrett, of Cumberland, returns to the Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, to give a one-hour presentation on the history of steamboat design and steamboat routes. Barret will focus on the vessels’ routes along the coast of Maine, especially in Penobscot Bay and Rockland Harbor. The program will include many photos, maps, and drawings.
Barrett developed his love of boats, ships, and the New England coast from visiting his grandparents' cottage on the beach at Camp Neddick. His school reports were always about watercraft.
When he was not working selling machinery to road contractors, loggers, and paper mills, he spent time boating along the Maine Coast and teaching seamanship and navigation for the Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Barrett's programs about the steamboats and paddlewheel steamers of Maine are popular with marine historians, according to a news release.
The program will be held in the Community Room of the Library. Following the program, attendees will adjourn to the Historical Society Museum for refreshments and conversation.