The Far North: Donald MacMillan

by | Dec 1, 2022

The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host their final “Captains’ Quarters” of the year at 6:30 pm, Monday, December 5.  This online talk will begin with an introduction by Captain Jim Sharp, museum co-founder, as he recounts his work with the Schooner Bowdoin 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.  Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: on the “Music and Calendar” tab.  Attendance is free.

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 December 5th as we watch historic footage of MacMillan’s voyage in his own words and hear Capt. Sharp recount the story of saving the Bowdoin.

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 during our now chilly fall evenings, and join us for evening of stories.  FMI: