Originally published in Compass, July 24, 2014
Public welcome to tour Bowdoin
Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin, a National Historic Landmark and the official vessel of the State of Maine, will participate in an open-to-the-public gathering of vessels designed by William Hand Jr. and R.O. Davis Saturday, July 26, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Guildive Cruises in Castine is hosting the gathering of yacht designer-built vessels, featuring the work of William Hand Jr. and R.O. Davis. The gathering is also a celebration of Guildive’s 80 years afloat, according to a news release.
Hand is known as one of the most prolific yacht designers of the 20th century, and in combination with R.O. Davis, they pioneered many vessel designs that are still prevalent today. The public is invited to explore the decks of four famous designs, meet the owners and past friends of the vessels. All boats will be open on Saturday, July 26, from 3 to 6 p.m., free of charge. The vessels will be docked at the Maine Maritime Academy, the Castine Public Docks, and Dennett’s Wharf Restaurant. The attending vessels will be the Bowdoin, Guildive, Burma, and Tracker, all constructed between 1921 and 1950.