Adventurous journeys and nautical art and tools highlight the offerings this coming week, as Midcoast boaters have an opportunity to participate in the first annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, Aug. 18 through 21.

For more information about the regatta of super yachts, classic and performance racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts visit the website at

Across the Atlantic by outboard

ROCKLAND — A voyage from Newfoundland to Portugal in a 26-foot skiff will be the topic of a presentation at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. On Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., the museum will host a talk and video presentation by Capt. Al Grover about his 1985 journey in a small boat powered by two 65 hp Evinrudes and a pony engine.

In this first Atlantic crossing by outboard, Grover and his son survived gales, a hurricane, a man overboard and other recorded disasters.

The presentation is free and donations are always welcome.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information call 594-0200, email or visit the website at

Conference highlights Maine boat designs

SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2011 history conference will look at the development of Maine boat types over the years. The lineup of speakers is taking shape and there will be networking opportunities as well as catering generously donated by Anglers Restaurant.

The conference is scheduled for Friday evening, Oct. 21, and all day Saturday, Oct. 22. A Puffin dinghy, made by Frankfort Boatworks and donated by Hamilton Marine, will be raffled at the event.

Tickets may be purchased at the museum’s admission center or at its booth at the following shows: Belfast Harbor Fest, Aug. 20; Camden Windjammer Festival, Sept. 2 through 4; and Common Ground Country Fair, Sept. 23 through 25.

Lobstermen sought for rope survey

BOSTON — The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction is investigating whether changes in rope manufacturing over the past several decades have had an impact on the severity of entanglements. As part of this investigation, they would like to learn more about how fishermen choose rope and how changes in rope manufacturing have impacted the way they fish.

The research team at the New England Aquarium has been assessing right whale entanglement interactions for nearly 30 years. This work has shown that right whales frequently encounter rope with 82 percent of the population showing distinct scars from an interaction with rope. The results from an online questionnaire will help determine if there are certain rope characteristics that lead to an entanglement becoming severe, or result in a whale breaking free on its own.

The survey data will be used to help identify practical methods to reduce entanglement risk to whales. Responses will be tabulated and compiled into a report to be shared with industry, state and federal governments, and the general public.

Lobstermen who wish to participate may access the survey online at

America’s first solo, non-stop circumnavigator

BATH — On April 11, 1986, Dodge Morgan, who had chosen to become a resident of Maine, sailed his 60-foot boat American Promise into the harbor of St. George’s, Bermuda, 150 days from the date he had set out from the same port. The event marked the first time that an American had sailed solo around the world nonstop.

Morgan accomplished the feat in 150 days, almost slashing in half the previous record of 292 days, and even besting his optimistic goal of a 220-day voyage.

On Aug. 21, Maine Maritime Museum will commemorate the 25th anniversary of that event and pay tribute to the individual whose dream it was to accomplish it.

Morgan passed away Sept. 14 last year, following complications from cancer.

The tribute will be held at the Portland Company complex on Fore Street in Portland and will begin at 4 p.m. with a screening of “Around Alone,” the documentary film that followed Morgan during his epic journey and was a featured program on the PBS program “Adventure.”

Following the screening, members of the circumnavigation team and some whom Morgan inspired will share reflections of both the man and his voyage.

Morgan’s boat American Promise will be dockside for tours. Tickets are available online at

Rope work and mackerel plows

SEARSPORT — On Aug. 20 and 21 the Searsport Historical Society will exhibit part of Gordon Stanley’s collection of sailors’ rope work and mackerel plows, knives used in the gutting of the fish.

The rope work was made by sailors during their time onboard ship. Some of the work is very intricate, and includes both utilitarian products and objects made for wives and sweethearts back home.

The knives have carved handles of wood, bone, ivory and other materials. The collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

The hours of the exhibit are Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Upcoming events at Penobscot Marine Museum

SEARSPORT — The following events are scheduled by the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. — Greetings From Hampden: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Collection: Slide talk by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist. Sponsored by Hampden Historical Society. At Kinsley House, 83 Main Road, South Hampden. For more information call 862-2027.

Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. — Historic Photos of Jonesport: Kevin Johnson will show historic images of Jonesport and environs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection. At Peabody Memorial Library, 162 Main St., Jonesport. For more information call 497-5644.

Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. — Shadowbox Workshop: Learn how to make dioramas inspired by the work of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau. At the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. To register, contact Susan Henkel at 548-2529 ext. 202.

For more information about the museum’s work, mission and events, call 548-2529 or visit

Chasing the North Atlantic Bloom

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory’s ninth Café Scientifique gathering of the summer will be led by Bigelow research scientist Nicole Poulton, who will highlight her recent investigations of the Northern Hemisphere’s massive spring blooms of phytoplankton — the microscopic, single-celled plants that form the yearly foundation of the food web in the North Atlantic Ocean. Poulton’s talk, titled Sea Truth: Chasing the North Atlantic Bloom, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor.

According to the website, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at or call 207-236-8511.