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November 2015 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 9. Waterfront News


MYSTIC, CT— Mystic Seaport honored historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick with the 2015 America and the Sea Award. Presented annually by the Museum, the prestigious award, commemorating its 10th anniversary, recognizes an individual or or- ganization whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character. Philbrick received the award Wednes-


day, October 14, at a gala held in his honor in New York City. This black tie affair is the premier fund-raising event for Mystic Seaport.


Past recipients include oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, historian David McCullough, legendary yacht designer Olin Stephens, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, Thomas Crowley, philanthropist William Koch, former Secre-


Mystic Seaport - Nathaniel Philbrick Receives American and the Sea Award In 2000, Philbrick published The New


tary of the Navy John Lehman, WoodenBoat founder Jon Wilson, yachtsman and author Gary Jobson, and maritime industrialist Charles A. Robertson.


“Like those recipients before him, Nat


Philbrick’s work helps to elevate one’s understanding of the sea. With every work he publishes, his words speak to American history and they instruct us on our heritage in a very personal and approachable man- ner,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.


Philbrick is closely linked to the island of Nantucket, where he moved with his wife Melissa and their two children in 1986. In 1994, he published his fi rst book about the island’s history, Away Off Shore, followed by a study of the Nantucket’s native legacy, Abram’s Eyes. He was the founding director of Nantucket’s Egan Maritime Institute and


Southport Boats Announces New Dealer Relationship with DiMillo’s Yacht Sales


AUGUSTA - Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine has announced a new Dealer Rela- tionship in the Northeast with DiMillo’s Yacht Sales, which will see Southport inventory now at three locations in Maine - Portland, Freeport and Belfast - as well as Glen Cove, New York. The DiMillo’s group is partnering with current Southport Dealer Navtronics Marine Group, headed by Tim Greer. For the second year in a row, Tim has been Southport’s number one performing dealer. He determined that to continue that same trajectory the opportunity suggested by Christopher DiMillo, President of Di- Millo’s Yacht Sales, would deliver market access beyond his current reach. The two principals have worked closely in support of navigational equipment at the DiMillo dealership so the expanded relationship became a natural next step. DiMillo Yacht Sales also represents fellow Maine Builders Sabre and Back Cove Yachts, and is an ardent supporter of the Maine Boat building community. “It is absolutely fantastic to sign on such a strong dealer, and one who bases their brand here in Maine where Southport is built” said Skip Robinson, Managing Director of Southport Boats. “Chris and Tim understand the importance of the Maine Boat Building tradition and are going to be a major factor in our continued success in Maine and now in New York.” DiMillo’s is equally delighted to rep- resent another quality Maine built brand and support the local community and work force. Currently, Southport employs nearly forty people and continues to grow. For Chris DiMillo, it is a win-win scenario in representing the Maine product, but also for clients because of the quality and per- formance, “After sea trialing the Southport 33FE I knew DiMillo’s had to be involved with this product. The Hunt hull design


The Apprenticeshop has received a $2,500 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation in support of an upcoming com- munity-based boat project, which will begin on the Shop fl oor this fall.


The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is committed to supporting projects that make the community more prosperous, more liveable, and more vibrant. They be- lieve that giving back is a vital component to any successful business in Maine. The boat building project, funded in part by this contribution, is also being made possible by the generous support of local community members. More details on the project will be available soon.


combined with Southport’s focus on stabil- ity creates a ride that is beyond impressive,” continued DiMillo, “We pride ourselves in representing only the highest quality prod- uct, and Southport is a perfect fi t.” Southport Boats is the product of an experienced team of boat builders, pas- sionate fi shermen and offshore racing en- thusiasts joining forces with the legendary C. Raymond Hunt Associates to produce a unique and revolutionary boat design. After a successful 6+ years in North Carolina, the brand was acquired in 2010 by the Augusta based parent company Kenway Corporation and moved to Maine where the molds were renewed and put into production. Southport is dedicated to building the highest quality boats on the market and achieves this by combining modern design and engineering. Sourcing only the best materials available and applying the most modern construction techniques, the team of experienced Maine boat builders ensures the construction of every boat matches the outstanding performance of the hul l design. Southport is committed to delivering the best Center Console on the market, built by Maine Craftsmen, The Maine Way. DiMillo’s Yacht Sales is a professional yacht dealership and brokerage fi rm with six locations along the East Coast. DiMillo’s has been providing yacht sales expertise since 1998, with over two hundred years of com- bined broker experience, and now represents new yachts from Sabre Yachts, Back Cove Yachts, Coastal Craft and Southport. In addition to new and pre-owned yacht sales, DiMillo’s is proud to have a full time, year round service team that focuses efforts on their new and brokerage buyers. The service team’s capabilities include all aspects of commissioning new vessels, yacht repair and in-house captain services.


Apprenticeshop Receives Grant


The Apprenticeshop, located in Rock- land, is a school for boatbuilding and sea- manship offering a variety of programs for youth and adults. At the Apprenticeshop, 2-year and 12-week participants learn through direct, hands-on experience in order to develop the hard and soft skills necessary for quality wooden boat craftsmanship. Rockland Community Sailing, a program of the Apprenticeshop, celebrated their 18th season this year and served more than 400 youth and adults, offering seven months of seamanship and sailing in keelboats, din- ghies, and wooden boats. Visit them online at Apprenticeshop.org or call 207-594-1800 for more information.


is still a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.


York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfi ction. The book is the basis of the forthcoming Warner Bros. motion picture In Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland, which is scheduled for release in December 2015. The book also inspired a 2001 Date- line special on NBC as well as the 2010 two-hour PBS American Experience fi lm Into the Deep by Ric Burns. His next book was Sea of Glory, pub- lished in 2003, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. The New York Times bestseller Mayfl ower, a fi nalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfi ction. Mayfl ower was named one of the ten “Best Books of 2006” by The New York Times Book Review. It is currently in development as a limited series on FX. Philbrick’s latest New York Times


bestseller, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution, was published in 2013 and was awarded the 2013 New England Book Award for nonfi ction and the 2014 New England Society Book Award, as well as the 2014 Distinguished Book Award of the Society of Colonial Wars. Bunker Hill has been optioned by Warner Bros. for feature


fi lm adaptation with Ben Affl eck attached to direct.


Philbrick has also received the Byrne


Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Con- stitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Ma- rine Museum, the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society, and the Boston History Award from the Bostonian Society. He was named the 2011 Cushing Orator by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Acade- my, where he delivered the commencement address in 2009. Philbrick’s writing has appeared in


Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pitts-


burgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s fi rst Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978.


The event, which supports the mission of Mystic Seaport to inspire an enduring connection to America’s maritime heritage, is co-chaired by Peggy and Grant Cam- bridge, J. Barclay Collins, II, and Maarten deJong and Kendra Matthew.


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