ROCKLAND — On Friday, July 20, the Apprenticeshop will launch its latest large boat Mishi Mikinaak, a 26' gaff-rigged ketch. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with food and drink. At 6 p.m., the launching will commence from the ramp on the waterfront at 655 Main Street.
Mishi Mikinaak is a Mackinaw design historically used for travel, fishing, and cargo hauling on the Great Lakes. The Apprenticeshop chose the Mackinaw to become its newest expedition, sail training, and seamanship vessel because of the unique qualities of this design. It has a shallow draft, yet is seaworthy; it can move in light air and has speed; while modest in size, it can sleep six for overnight expeditions.
The vessel was built by apprentices as part of their 2-year program in traditional wooden boatbuilding. One week after her launch, Mishi Mikinaak will be put to the test in the Camden Classics Cup Regatta sponsored by Lyman-Morse and again at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta in August. Her name, Mishi Mikinaak, means "Big Turtle" in Ojibwe and was one of the original names given to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, where the Mackinaw design originated, because of the island's turtle-like shape.
This event is free and open to the public. If you can't make it, the Apprenticeshop is open year-round, The public is invited to drop in for a visit to find out how to get out on the water or get involved with the shop.