The Schooner Bowdoin serves the students of Maine Maritime Academy and the educational community of new England with a broad range of programs in seamanship and ocean studies.

Bowdoin was originally built for Arctic waters in 1921 and is one of the strongest wooden vessels ever constructed. Commissioned by explorer Donald B. Macmillan to facilitate his work in the high northern latitudes, Bowdoin has made 28 trips above the Arctic Circle.

Design: William Hand
Launched: 1921,Hodgdon Brothers shipyard,East Boothbay, Maine
Rig: Grand Banks Knockabout schooner
LOA: 88 feet
Beam: 21 feet
Disp.: 66 tons
Sail Area: 3000 square feet
Hull: White Oak
Sails: Oceanus
Crew: 16

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April 8th - Bowdoin's Birthday!

Just a quick reminder - if you are in the area of Castine, Maine, perhaps, you may have a chance to drop by. Check the Bowdoin calendar at:

Most Sincerely,

Ralph M Bohm/N5WPG
Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, Maine USA 04421


We had the pleasure of seeing Bowdoin at the town dock in Castine last month. Beautiful and strong looking! Expertly handled also.
Chuck Jones
Vandalia, IL
Schooner capt'n wanabe