Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Schooner Bowdoin Arctic Cruise

The historic schooner Bowdoin will sail to Canada this summer to take part in a celebration of Canadian Arctic explorer Bob Bartlett. Bowdoin will visit 12 ports in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a summer-long initiative called Celebrating Bartlett 2009. Bartlett is best-known for taking Adm. Robert Peary within 150 miles of the north pole. The Celebrating Bartlett event coincides with the 100th anniversary of Peary’s 1909 trek to the pole. The Bowdoin will serve as an example of the type of schooner sailed by Bartlett. It made 25 scientific expeditions to the Arctic Circle under the leadership of Adm. Donald MacMillan. The ship is now owned by Maine Maritime Academy.

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