Marilee documentary

Come Boating! offers Adventure

Jan 03, 2019
Courtesy of: Alison Langley The restored Marilee hits the bay.

Belfast — Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization, and the Belfast Free Library are teaming up again to offer four evening programs about adventures on the water in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

This year’s Winter Adventure Series will begin Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of “NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic." This 38-minute documentary, filmed and produced by Camden’s Alison Langley, follows the story of Marilee's meticulous restoration by French & Webb in Belfast.

The success of Marilee’s two-year restoration was due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew, whose passion and commitment to the project were exceptional. In a decidedly not-your-typical restoration of a wooden classic, modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship.

With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans; documents and images archived at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections; and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, this restoration turned out an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story.

Filmmaker Alison Langley and French and Webb’s Todd French will present the film and lead a discussion after the free screening.

The Winter Adventure Series will continue Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by Chris Battaglia about his journey paddling and documenting the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico in a 30-foot voyageur canoe. On Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., Maine canoeist Zip Kellogg will present a film featuring the First National Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Championships held here in Maine in 1940 on the legendary Rapid River. The series concludes Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. with Suzanne Pinto, the Guinness World Book Record holder for being the oldest woman to row across an ocean, giving a talk about her experience doing this in 2011.

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 339-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or

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