Bow of a WindJammer

Bow of a WindJammer

Maine’s windjammers are the subject of a new exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum. Opening July 1, Earning Their Keep: Maine’s Windjammers will include historic photos, artifacts, ephemera, videos, schooner models and rotating exhibits by contemporary marine photographers.

“Maine’s windjammers are the largest commercial sailing fleet in the world,” said museum curator Ben Fuller. “They’re still sailing not because of the efforts of some marine preservation society, but because their skippers are making them pay their way.” Fuller added that the passenger-carrying schooners played a major role in establishing Maine’s modern reputation for coastal tourism, and they continue to be an important part of the Midcoast region’s economy.

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