Sights and Songs of the Seas at Colonial

Nov 07, 2018
A crew of veteran sailors and naval cadets survived 1929's “the storm of the century” and then some aboard the Peking.

Belfast — Penobscot Marine Museum presents Sights and Songs of the Seas Monday, Nov. 19, at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the multimedia program will begin at 7 p.m.

The evening opens with sea chanteys performed by Bennett Konesni, followed by a screening of the early documentary film “Around Cape Horn.”

Konesni, a farmer-musician from Belfast, has been singing while working since he was a teenager. He learned the tradition of worksongs as he worked aboard schooners in Penobscot Bay.

“Around Cape Horn” was filmed by Capt. Irving Johnson in 1929 as the Peking traveled around Cape Horn. Johnson later narrated his footage of the journey, which included a terrible storm that both ship and crew endured. The charismatic narration of the footage creates a dynamic experience for viewers.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is suggested, online at For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 548-2529. The event has been generously sponsored by Mathews Brothers, with music sponsored by The Sail Locker. Beer will be provided by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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