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Museum at MIT

explores clipper ships

“The Clipper Ship Era,” an exhibit on view at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum until July 10, explores conditions that created the clipper ship and how it came to symbolize American enterprise.

Through 19th-century lithographs, rare plans, photos, advertising cards and models, the exhibit focuses on the design, construction, economic impact and social experience of the clipper ship era. To complement the exhibition, a series of talks is scheduled.

The exhibition is primarily based on the Capt. Arthur H. Clark Collection. On display are 23 lithographs of famous American and British clipper ships; half-hull models of locally built, historic ships; rare plans of the most famous East Boston clippers by Donald McKay, the era’s preeminent builder; and many other related objects.

Museum admission is adults, $5; youth under 18, students and seniors, $2; children under 5 and MIT ID holders, free. Admission is free for all on the third Sunday of each month.

Solo circumnavigator to speak at Slocum Society

Dodge David Morgan, a well-known solo sailor and author, will be a guest speaker at the Joshua Slocum Society International’s 50th Anniversary celebration, June 25, at the Bristol Yacht Club in Rhode Island.

Known for his record-breaking non-

stop solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1985-’86 aboard the Ted Hood-designed “American Promise,” Morgan began his affair with boats as a teenager in Harwichport, Mass., working on other people’s boats. He taught himself to sail in a rented catboat, single-handed because no one else was available to sail with him.

At age 30 Morgan bought the Peterson 36-foot gaff-headed schooner, Coaster, and sailed her to Maine, the Bahamas, the West Indies, South and Central America, through the Panama Canal to Hawaii, to the South Pacific Society Islands, to Southeastern Alaska, and from Juneau to Anchorage.

Morgan claims to have never slept ashore during more than 2-1/2 years of cruising, mostly alone. When he completed his circumnavigation in the 60-foot cutter, American Promise, he was the sixth sailor and first American to accomplish a solo non-stop circumnavigation; his voyage of 150 days broke the prior record of Chay Blyth at 292 days.

Morgan still sails his Hood sloop, Wings of Time, each fall to the West Indies, returning to Maine each spring. He lives on Snow Island in Harpswell, Maine.

The Joshua Slocum Society International’s 50th Anniversary will take place at the Bristol Yacht Club June 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members of the JSSI and their guests, as well as other interested persons, are invited to attend. The celebration marks the 50th Anniversary of an organization of sailing, cruising and maritime history buffs founded in 1955 by sailing enthusiast Richard Gordon McClosky to record, encourage, and support long-distance passages in small boats. The JSSI became a non-profit corporation in 1972, and is currently an international association of persons of similar interests. Its mission includes reporting and recording the adventures of small-boat sailors, and of recognizing significant voyages and acts of heroism at sea. The JSSI is also dedicated to keeping sea history alive, particularly the memory and legacy of Capt. Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail a small boat around the world entirely alone, in 1898. www.

For information on the 50th anniversary celebration contact Ted Jones, Commodore, at (203) 790-6616 or jone

Manage your boat

like a professional

Modern boats are complex and represent a significant investment. What the recreational boater really wants is to be on the water with friends and family, exploring and having fun in a safe environment.

Good preparation, established procedures for cruise planning, getting under way, and docking safely and efficiently, are all part of managing a boat like a pro.

“Managing Your Boat Like a Pro” is a day-long seminar presenting a step-by-step process and the tools to develop a system for your boat that will have you boating “like a pro,” according to organizers.

Topics and techniques covered in the seminar include managing the maintenance of your boat, preparing for your cruising season, and following a checklist of steps and procedures that will make your cruise fun. The seminar includes a comprehensive workbook.

Experienced instructors will provide step-by-step guidance with techniques they have learned for successful and safe boat management. Good boat management means no surprises and, therefore, more enjoyment on the water. The course is full of practical tips and techniques that apply to any vessel, sail or power, although sailing techniques will not be covered.

“Managing Your Boat Like a Pro” is sponsored nationally by West Marine and locally by Armchair Sailor of Rhode Island. It is currently touring the country and will be presented in the Boston area on April 23. The cost for the seminar is $195; first mates can also attend for $145, which includes the course binder, continental breakfast and lunch. To register call Fine Edge Nautical Seminars at (360) 588-6900 or toll-free at (866) 214-5101. Register on the Web at

Sail for free event

returns to Boston 

Free sailboat rides along Boston’s historic waterfront will highlight a weekend of celebration as the sailing season gets under way on April 24 and 25, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Boston Sailing Center.

Seasoned skippers and landlubbers are invited to join the festivities at Lewis Wharf. Harbor sailing trips will be conducted by experienced sailors aboard a fleet of boats ranging from 23 to 40 feet. The center’s teaching staff will also be on hand to answer questions about sailing lessons and membership programs.

This year’s event marks the 28th annual Free-Sailing Weekend at the Boston Sailing Center. Headquartered in a converted Louisiana riverboat which is permanently docked at Lewis Wharf, the center’s floating classroom and boat moorings are just a short walk north of Faneuil Hall Marketplace along Atlantic Avenue. Public parking is available nearby.

For information call (617) 227-4198.

‘Spring Boat’ seminar

returns at Hansen Marine

Hansen Marine Engineering is again offering its Spring Boat Owners Seminar, scheduled for April 9 and May 21 at the Marblehead, Mass., headquarters.

The event offers a chance for owners to learn the details of marine engines and generators from experts. The one-day course covers both electrical and mechanical systems, focusing on components every boat owner should be able to identify and understand.

Hansen Marine technical specialists review proper preventative maintenance for marine engines and generators, and teach boat owners how to properly identify components on the engines that might need service or replacement now or in the future.

“We try to help boat owners reduce annual service costs by teaching preventative maintenance, and having the class participate in hands-on service issues,” says Fred Knowles of Hansen Marine.

Space is limited so reserving a spot is recommended. Call (800) 343-0480 or e-mail

Lowell’s Boat Shop offers

photography workshop

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Mass., the oldest operating boat-building shop in America, will offer a two-session Marine Photography Workshop on June 11 and 18.

The workshop will be held on consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the boat shop and museum, 459 Main St., on the Merrimack River. It will be led by marine photojournalist David Liscio ( of Nahant, Mass., whose work has appeared in many national and international publications, from Soundings to National Geographic.

The classroom and outdoor course will cover basic skills in marine photography, such as composition, exposure and lighting, according to Lowell’s Boat Shop manager Henry Pedreira. Film or digital camera is required; telephoto lens is recommended. The workshop fee is $300.

Contact the Newburyport Maritime Society at (978) 462-8681 or