News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 2, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 2, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 2, 2018
Women captains and owners declared focus of annual boat show

The Deer Isle Boat Show, a fundraiser sponsored by and for the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, will feature restored boat engines and lady-owned small craft on Hagen Dock in Stonington. Women are the focus of this year’s show, set for Sunday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several lobster boats will tie up at the public landing floats; many have women as captains.

There will also be old boats, new boats, wooden boats and fiberglass boats on view at this family-friendly annual event. The touch tank, interactive wall and virtual reality tour will be available at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, and its conference room will feature an exhibit of many of James Robbins’ boat models. According to a press release, the historical society plans also to have a video interview with Robbins on view continuously.

Continuing on to the former Atlantic Avenue Hardware dock, visitors will be able to get a close-up view of the Grayling, a restored sardine carrier. (The vessel was not able to be in last year’s show due to engine trouble.) Many boats like Grayling brought herring to the sardine factory here. It is now fitted out as a yacht.

All the boats may be boarded at the invitation of the captains—just ask them.

Admission is by donation and the money raised will support the historical society, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. For more information, call Tinker Crouch at 348-6400 or email"caps"> />