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May 2019

Volunteer Docent Training

May 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Would you like to meet visitors from all over and guide them through the story of the Popham Colony and the current reconstruction of the pinnace Virginia?  Come join us; no experience required. RSVP mfs1@myfairpoint.net or 443-4242; questions to lori-benson@usa.net  

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June 2019

Now You’re Caulking

June 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Help us launch Summer at the Freight Shed 2019:  drop in to the Jane Stevens Visitor Center from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, June 19, to meet Maine's First Ship Volunteer Phil Helgerson.  Have a go at seventeenth century caulking and learn what kept vessels afloat across the oceans.

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Predicting New England Weather

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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This program will review the primary natural forces responsible for global weather and describe how they interact to produce the complex weather patterns we experience here in New England.  Once those primary forces are understood we will consider a variety of different cloud types and learn how the changes in pattern of clouds over a few minutes or hours can help us predict what our local weather will be over the next period of 12 to 20 hours. Jim Parmentier…

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Solstice Soiree

June 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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$20 – $25

The arrival of Summer deserves a party!  Join Maine's First Ship for a festive evening: enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and cash oyster bar, dancing to Tom Whitehead's "Rites of Swing", and a bonfire, all while supporting The Virginia Project. Call the MFS office for tickets, 443-4242.  $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

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17th Century Woodworking

June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Join MFS volunteer Fred Gosbee for a look at woodworking techniques from the 1600s (when the original Virginia was built!) using a pole lathe and shaving horse.  Stop by 10am-2pm to see Fred while he works on "wooden bits for the rigging" throughout the day. Wednesday is a 9am-3pm workday for our volunteer shipbuilders; come by the Jane Stevens Visitor Center to learn about their work reconstructing the 1607 pinnace Virginia built at the Popham Colony.

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July 2019

Enchanting Estuary with KELT and MFS

July 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Join the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Maine's First Ship to learn about the Kennebec Estuary...where the river meets the sea! Put your water knowledge to the test by building a model of the Kennebec Estuary. What does an estuary need? What habitats are created? What kinds of plants and animals live there? We'll play games and run experiments all about our local estuary. Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet--great for kids and families!…

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Preparing Coastal Communities for Sea Level Rise

July 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible in our state and across the nation. Intense storms, unusual temperatures, and ocean warming are just some of the climate-related stories covered in local news. Sea level rise, however, is less visible, as are the compounding effects of storm surge and extreme precipitation events. Ensuring the region’s resiliency to sea level rise clearly requires a scientifically informed and engaged public, now and in the future. Join Maine's First Ship and the…

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Ballads from the 1600s

July 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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The folk music duo, Castlebay, well known for their interpretations of traditional ballads from the Celtic lands, will present a special concert of songs from the time of Maine's First Ship, Virginia. The seamen who came here and built the ship on the banks of the Kennebec in 1607 would have been familiar with a variety of folk songs and ballads which appear in collections from the time. Fred Gosbee, who has been helping to build Virginia's replica, will present…

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Great Blue Herons Lecture

July 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Summer 2019 Lecture Series Maine Creatures Great & Small: Four Organisms Important to Our State’s Aquatic Habitats Danielle D’Auria is a Wildlife Biologist working in the Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor. She holds a B.S. in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo, and a M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University.  She has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National…

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Lots of Knots!

July 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Try your hand at knot tying with Virginia's rigger, Jim Nelson. Learn to tie the sailor's most important knots and make your own knot board. Jim will be working on the rigging all day; he'll gladly break to give lessons.  Knots are useful even for landlubbers--don't miss this fun hands-on session. Join Maine's First Ship for Summer at the Freight Shed 2019.

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Navigation at Sea: How to get there from here thru the ages

July 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Born and raised in Flushing, Michigan, Mark Phillips graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1974 and spent five years as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard ships operating out of San Diego, California; he retired from the Naval Reserves in 1994.  A thirty-year career with Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded with two positions, Combat System Ship Superintendent & Test Operations Group Leader on a team responsible for installation and test of the AEGIS Combat System on BIW-built DDG 51 Class Destroyers. …

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August 2019

Maine’s First Ship welcomes US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25

August 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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The USCG Auxiliary is reaching out to the local community to promote boating safety and recruit new members.  Flotilla 25 of Boothbay Harbor will have a table at the Jane Stevens Visitor Center for the day with an array of safe boating/paddle craft materials and aids as well as information about the Auxiliary.  This is a good opportunity to refresh your knowledge of safe boating practices and to learn about service areas in the Auxiliary. Stop by the Bath Freight…

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17th Century Sailcloth

August 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Drop in to Maine's First Ship for a demonstration and conversation on weaving 17th century sailcloth with Lori Benson.  Learn about the materials, weaving, and tanning of the cloth to prepare for sail-making in the days when Popham colonists built the original Virginia. Join MFS for Summer at the Freight Shed 2019.

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Fiber Day

August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Join Midcoast fiber artists for the sixth annual Fiber Day at the Freight Shed.  Explore crafts using fiber:  weaving, spinning, rug hooking, felting, and other techniques.  Some demonstrations will include hands-on opportunities.  Textiles from the Highland Maya area of Chiapas, Mexico will also be on exhibit. For more information contact Lori Benson, 207-841-7049.

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Fiber Day

August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Join Midcoast fiber artists for the sixth annual Fiber Day. Demonstrations of weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, dyeing and other techniques will be ongoing. FMI: contact Lori  Benson at lori-benson@usa.net or call 207-371-8082 and leave a message.

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Phytoplankton & Red Tide Lecture

August 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Summer 2019 Lecture Series Maine Creatures Great & Small: Four Organisms Important to Our State’s Aquatic Habitats This program will focus on the tiny and impressive creatures that can be found in the billions floating in our coastal waters. Dr. Jelena Godrijan, a scientist at Bigelow Laboratory, will introduce the wonders of phytoplankton, sharing information on their types, impacts, and distribution in the Gulf of Maine and across the globe. Bryant Lewis, from the Maine Department…

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Now You’re Caulking

August 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Maine's First Ship volunteer Phil Helgerson will introduce you to the tools and techniques of seventeenth century caulking.  Drop in to learn what kept vessels afloat across the oceans and have a go with the caulking mallet yourself. Join MFS for Summer at the Freight Shed 2019.

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Close Encounters of the First Kind: Wabanaki & English coastal interactions in Maine during the early 17th century

August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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"Close Encounters of the First Kind" will examine some of the earliest European and Native interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers.  Early interactions were mostly of a nautical nature, not only in Maine, but regionally around Acadia, Nova Scotia, New England, and Quebec.  Some were cordial enough, some treacherous, and some bewildering.  These early incidents set the stage for later alliances, distrusts, wars, trade, and eventual settlement. Ken Hamilton was born in California, educated…

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September 2019

History of BIW

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Herman “Nick” Nichols wraps up the Maine's First Ship summer lecture series.  Nick is a 37-year resident of Bath with a 30-year career at Bath Iron Works, including time as Program Manager for the DDG program.  In addition, he spent 7 years on active duty in US Navy aviation, with 23 years in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a Captain. Nick will give an overview of Bath Iron Works, from its inception in 1884 to where things stand today as…

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November 2019

Women’s Shipbuilding Day

November 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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Join Maine's First Ship for our annual Women's Shipbuilding Day on Sunday, November 3, 9am to 3pm.  No knowledge or experience is required.  MFS Shipwright Rob Stevens will start the day with an overview of Virginia before participants begin hands-on activities.  The original Virginia was built at the mouth of the Kennebec River by English colonists in 1607; MFS volunteers are reconstructing a new Virginia on the waterfront, behind the Bath Freight Shed at 27 Commercial Street. For more information…

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June 2021

The 500-Million-Year Geologic History of Casco Bay

Thursday June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation This presentation is a general overview of the nearly 500-million-year geologic history preserved in the bedrock of the Casco Bay region of mid-coastal Maine. Although the current coast of Maine is relatively tame in terms of dramatic geologic activity, this has not always been the case. Middlebury College Professor of Geology Dave West will provide insight into the dramatic history preserved in the geologic features of Casco Bay, including violent volcanic eruptions, massive…

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July 2021

Founding Fish–17th Century Cod Fishing

Thursday July 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation Fishing has been a mainstay of the region’s economy since the arrival of Europeans in the early 17th century. Originally plying the waters of the Gulf of Maine on a seasonal basis, English fishing crews established permanent, year-round fishing stations from the Isle of Shoals to Monhegan by the mid 1620s. Exports of dried, salted cod to Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean ranked as one of the primary economic engines of the…

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The Diseased Ship: New England Sea Captains and the Slave Trade

Thursday July 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade. Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national…

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