The schooner Bowdoin, a National Historic Landmark owned by the Maine Maritime Academy, is to be among 11 tall ships sailing in this year’s Windjammmer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor June 25-26.
The two-masted vessel was originally commissioned by Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan, Bowdoin Class of 1898, and named for his alma mater, to be sturdy enough for the icy seas of the north. The Bowdoin’s first voyage included over-wintering at Baffin Island in 1921-22. Because the ship proved so useful in the harsh climate, MacMillan ended up sailing the Bowdoin more than 300,000 miles over 26 voyages to aid his Arctic studies. After a stint in the Navy during WWII, the Bowdoin was sailed for the last time by MacMillan in 1954.