Museum to Part II of Talk on Donald MacMillan, The Bowdoin, and The Far North

by | Jan 25, 2023

The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host “Captains’ Quarters” at 6:30 pm, Monday, January 30.  This online talk, the second in a 2-part series, will begin with an introduction by Captain Jim Sharp, museum co-founder, and will feature clips from the film “The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film” which includes historic motion picture footage from Labrador and Greenland with MacMillan’s own live narration from 1913.  Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: on the “Music and Calendar” tab.  Attendance is free.  It is not necessary to have seen Part 1 of this series in order to enjoy the fascinating footage of MacMillan’s explorations.

Captain Sharp found the Schooner Bowdoin with her masts removed, hardware stripped, and ready to be taken to sea and scuttled back in 1969.  Understanding the historic importance of this vessel, he approached Admiral MacMillan who gave him his blessing to “go get her.”  So “get her” he did, towing her to Camden and beginning her first restoration that saved her for future generations.  Now the flagship of Maine and a sail training vessel at Maine Maritime Academy, she still plies our waters and continues to sail north on training missions.
On loan from the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum of Bowdoin College, “The Far North” is a restored version of MacMillan’s film from his 1913 exploration of the arctic regions of Labrador and Northwest Greenland.  MacMillan focuses on the people, animals, and landscape of the region.  The film utilizes the original recording of the lecture that accompanied the film.
Join us on Zoom on January 30th as we watch historic footage of MacMillan’s voyage in his own words and hear Capt. Sharp recount his experiences with the Bowdoin.