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Page 4. MAINE COASTAL NEWS January 2013


Maine Coastal News Winterport, Maine 04496-0710 U.S.A.


P.O. Box 710 (207) 223-8846 Fax (207) 223-9004 E-mail - igmatats@aol.com Web site: www.mainescoast.com Publisher's Note


Maine Coastal News is published 12 times a year and is dedicated to covering the news along the entire coast of Maine, Kittery to Eastport. We cover general marine news, commercial fi shing, yachting (power and sail), boat yard and waterfront news and maritime history. Distribution of Maine Coastal News is from Eastport to Marblehead, MA and is free on the newsstand. It also can be by subscription. A year subscription, 12 issues, is $20.00. A single copy is $2.00, which covers the postage. Foreign rates for subscriptions are $40.00 per year. The Maine Coastal News offi ce is located at 966 North Main Street, Winterport, Maine. Comments or additional information write: Maine Coastal News, P.O. Box 710, Winterport,


Maine 04496.


Where did the time go around the holi- days? I had a list of projects I wanted done and most of them are still on the to-do list. I am still doing my treatment due to burning my head once too often with the sun. Norwe- gians are supposed to have hard heads. Well, I guess that means inside. They were right to call this the Freddie Kruger treatment. The medicine, which is actually a chemotherapy drug, works on eliminating the bad skin cells and replacing them with good ones. I have heard from those that have done this treatment that it works great, but the three or four weeks of treatment certainly makes you look questionable. You really should see the looks I get. Some just stare and other will ask, “What did you do to your head?” Another couple of weeks and I should start looking normal again.


Publisher Editor-in-Chief


Jon B. Johansen Rachel Elward


Advertising Deadlines: The deadline for the February issue is 11 January. The deadline for the March issue is 8 February.


MCN's Calendar


On-Going Exhibits: -26 May 2013 50 Years of Collecting at Maine


Maritime Museum


Maine Maritime Museum Bath


-June 2013 Exhibit: The Sea Within Us: Icon- ically Maritime in Fashion and Design On view until June 2013-Portland


Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland Free


The exhibit explores the many intersections between maritime history and everyday aspects of our culture. From entertainment, advertising, apparel and tattoos to the language we speak, all are awash with maritime connections, both blatant and hidden. Presented by Maine Maritime Museum.


JANUARY 2-4 January Lobster Industry Meetings to be Re-scheduled. New dates and time will be posted on the Depart- ment of Marine Resources website as soon as they are confi rmed. www.maine.gov/dmr/LobsterIn- dustry.htm.


Info: S. Cotnoir (207) 624-6596


FEBRUARY 28-March 2 Maine Fishermen’s Forum Samoset Resort Rockport


Info: (207) 442-7700


MARCH 16-18 Maine Boatbuilder’s Show 59 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 774-1067 APRIL


12-14 Maine’s Boating Expo Brunswick Landing Brunswick


Info: (207) 773-8725


JUNE 15 Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races


Boothbay Harbor


Info: Marshall Farnham (207) 380- 5892


17-20 Newport Charter Yacht Show Newport Yachting Centre Newport, RI


Info: Lisa Knowles, (401) 846- 1115, ext. 216


22 Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races Bass Harbor Info: Wayne/Colyn Rich (207) 244- 9623


29 Moosebec Reach Lobster Boat Races


U. S. Coast Guard Station Jonesport


Info: E. Blackwood (207) 598- 6681


30 Long Island Lobster Boat Races Long Island Info:


JULY 13 Searsport Lobster Boat Races Searsport Town Dock Searsport


Info: Keith & Travis Otis (207) 548-6362


As every regular reader of this publica- tion knows, one of the major items I have been working on over the last 20 years has been inputting information into computers. I consistently use it when doing research at the Penobscot Marine Museum to answer questions for staff and patrons. It really makes life a lot easier. The problem is, that you sometimes do not have the right information transcribed. The real place for this information is on the internet. I have had several people say they could create a website with databases, but nothing ever materialized. Finally I got frustrated about getting this done and turned to Image Works in Portland. They designed the website for Maine Built Boats and did a great job. I sat down with them around Thanksgiving and they are going to do a basic set-up to start and then when I raise additional funds they will begin on the databases. The cost for the complete site will be between $20,000 and $30,000 so I have got a lot of fundraising to do to make that happen.


Putting all this information together


is not diffi cult, probably extremely boring for most, but making sure you are able to access all the information inputted could be challenging. Just on vessels, I want you to be able to search the vessel itself, the builder, her voyages, the captains and if she wrecked have a description of the disaster. Over Christmas vacation I completed enter- ing all the yachts (~3,500) listed in Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts for 1907. I then created fi les for each town that built them. When that was done I added the List of Merchant Sailing Vessels from 1867 to 1885 (~17,000) to the towns that built them. I was hoping to fi nish the 1879 ABS Record with another 22,000 vessels, 5,000 more to transcribe, but did not get that far. When this is done it will be a great reference for vessels not only from the United States, but also foreign ones. Not complete, but a start. As many know I head Maine Built Boats, which is a marketing organization for the boatbuilders of Maine. It has been an interesting year getting the organization back up to speed. It means a lot of time at boat shows and meetings. One event that took place in early December was the MBB Global Outreach Conference, which had fi ve lecturers who discussed electronics, fi berglass moulding, website marketing, handling of customers and maritime history. The idea came from board member Mark Mitchell and he and the rest of the marketing committee (Bentley Collins, Jamie Houtz, Nicole Jacques, and Elaine Scott) put to- gether a great event. The event was hosted at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and all the feedback was positive and everyone is looking forward to next year’s event. At this event a number of suppliers to the boatbuilders were there with booths.


One that caught my eye was a photographic system for taking lines off a boat quickly. You place the pointy end of a card, which has two circles on it, where you want the measurement taken. You repeat this with a number of other cards until you feel that you have a good representation of the lines. Once this is done you take a photograph of the object with the cards on it and then e-mail it to a company in Holland, who in a short period of time, will send back a set of lines. There are a lot of methods to take lines off a boat, but this one seems to be the easiest and quickest way so far. If you are interested the company offering this was Hewes & Company of Blue Hill.


What did surprise me was how many people said that they had not been to the Maine Maritime Museum before. This is a great museum with interesting exhibits. Those attending loved this venue and we are planning to do the event there next year too. People fail to understand that what they are doing today is actually tomorrow’s history. Fifty years or more from now what are the historians going to be documenting? You guessed it, us and unless we support muse- ums like this they may not survive. We are not the maritime nation we once were and probably never will be again. However the maritime world of today is still important to the survival of this country, just not a lot of people understand how and why.


Quiz #4 – I have been amazed at the response I have been getting about these little quizzes. They are not easy, but the idea is to get people interested in the State of Maine’s maritime history. Good luck on this one since I think this is really the hardest one yet.


Who built that? 1. The lobster smack ARTHUR S.


WOODWARD. 2. The clipper ship RED JACKET. 3. The Downeaster BENJAMIN F.


PACKARD. 4. The fi ve-master CORA F. CRESSY. 5. Don Drisko’s lobster boat MER-


GANSER. 6. Merle Beal’s lobster boat SILVER


DOLLAR. 7. The torpedo stern lobster boat RED


WING. 8. The America’s Cup racer RANGER. 9. The catamaran SEBAGO. 10. The lobster boat LEONARD W. 11. The power yacht LION’S WHELP. 12. The yacht YOREL. 13. The racing sailboat DRAGON


FIRE. 14. The side-wheel steamer PORT-


LAND. 15. The small steamer CASTINE. 16. The lobster boat UNCLE’S UFO. 17. The schooner MARY DAY. 18. The frigate RANGER. 19. The BOC racer AIRFORCE. 20. The replica vessel LYNX. 21. The sardine carrier PAULINE. 22. The schooner BOWDOIN. 23. The lobster boat RED BARON. 24. The USS KEARSARGE. 25. The Arctic exploring vessel ROO-


SEVELT. 26. The lobster boat SOPWITH CAM-


EL.


27. The yacht CORSAIR. 28. The schooner JOHN F. LEAVITT. 29. The schooner RACHEL B. JACK-


SON. 30. The 42-foot powerboat JERICHO.


The answers can be found on www. mainescoast.com


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