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Bowdoin Exhibit Features OpSail 2000 Ships

Story posted July 25, 2000

Cool down with some icy pictures. A photography exhibit at The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum features two National Historic Landmark ships and that are coming to Portland this week as part of OpSail 2000.

The exhibit, "Working Through the Ice: The Bowdoin and The Effie M. Morrissey," will be on display in the foyer of Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin campus through November 5. Foyer exhibits can be viewed Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 2 to 5 p.m.

The photographs document two famous Arctic schooners, Donald B. MacMillan's ship the Bowdoin, and Robert Bartlett's ship the Effie M. Morrissey, now known as the Ernestina. From the 1920s to the 1950s, these two schooners carried explorers and researchers to the icy waters of the High Arctic.

Both ships are National Historic Landmarks and will be in Portland as a part of OpSail 2000 from July 28 to 31.

The photographs in this exhibit document both the difficulties of sailing in the Arctic and the marvelous sights that are one of the chief rewards of this work. The Bowdoin and the Morrissey sailed throughout the eastern Arctic, in all kinds of conditions. In spite of everything, photographers on board captured all aspects of life on these schooners. Come and share their experiences, from icy blasts to the calm wonder of the midnight sun.

The Bowdoin was launched in East Boothbay in 1921. She was designed specifically for Arctic work, and MacMillan sailed her north until 1954. The Bowdoin is now the official Schooner of the State of Maine and is used as a training vessel by the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

The Effie M. Morrissey was built in 1894 in Gloucester Mass. as a Grand Banks fishing vessel. In 1925, Captain Robert Bartlett acquired the Morrissey, which he sailed north for twenty years, until his death in 1946. From 1948, the Morrissey, renamed the Ernestina, began a new career as a Cape Verde Packet, bringing cargo and immigrants between New England and Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. In 1982, Cape Verde presented the schooner to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She now operates as a training and educational vessel out of New Bedford, Mass.

Admission to The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is free, and other museum exhibits can be viewed during museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 725-3416.

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