Where in the World?
Brig off Liverpool,  Robert Salmon, signed on reverse, 1823 oil on wood.
Bequest of Alison M. Walter #1985.10.2

In the mid-nineteenth century, Liverpool's busy port consisted of 15 miles of docks, with wet docks for deep sea vessels, dry docks for coastal shipping, and graving docks for repairs.  At the time, 20,000 vessels entered the docks and moved three million tons of goods.  Liverpool handled four-fifths of the trade between the United States and United Kingdom, as well as ships hailing from South America, the West and East Indies, and China.  The imported raw goods arriving aboard these ships went inland for manufacture, although Liverpool had factories for soap, cotton, sugar refining, breweries, glass staining, and alkali works.  Liverpool provided for the shipping needs of incoming and outgoing ships: building merchant sail, steam and warships, making iron and brass hardware, rope making, and navigational tools.

In the painting above, we see in the center of the painting, the outer quay of George's Dock, with the peaked roofs of the five-story Goree Warehouses, and the ships at dock behind the protective barrier.  The Prince's Dock extends towards the left, and the Canning and Albert Docks to the right.
Liverpudlians took their religion seriously.  In the painting we see, from left to right, 
  • The rounded dome of St. Paul's, serving the English and Welsh residents of town, 
  • The spire of St. George's atop the lower Ionic columns supporting a second tier of Corinthian columns, which in the painting can be found peeking above and below the fore sails of the brig,
  • The 180 foot tower containing 12 bells and a lantern of St. Nicholas, the oldest church foundation in Liverpool, with the waters of the Mersey River flooding the courtyard in floods.  St. Nicolas' Church can be found between the fore and main masts of the brig,
  • Two silhouetted spires believed to be St. Thomas at 240 feet tall and St. Michael to the farthest right.
The other dome sliced by the brig's bowsprit, is Town Hall, with its 106 foot dome topped by the statue of Britannica, and supported by Corinthian columns.  

To the far right of the painting, is Toxteth Park, a former Royal Park, where Liverpudlians built their suburban villas and other buildings.

Photo Archives  News
Kosti Ruohomaa Featured in Yankee Magazine
Make sure to get a copy of the March issue of Yankee Magazine which is hitting stores (and mailboxes) now. The issue features a photo essay of work by Kosti Ruohomaa and tells the story of the collection coming to PMM. Take a sneak peek  here .
Can you help us learn more about this photo?
Former PMM intern, James Spruce, donated an amazing glass plate negative he acquired of Bangor's first Buick Dealership. The negative shows the Knowles & Dow Buick dealership with employees posed around the company truck. According to Harriet Coe's Maine Biographies (2002) the partnership between John S. Dow of Newport, Maine and Wilber Knowles formed in 1906 to deal in farm implements. They started selling Buicks in 1913 as a separate operation but under the same name. It was located on "Post Office Square," which is now just the intersection of State St. and Harlow St. in Bangor. We would love to learn more about this photo like the names of some of the people posing. Can anyone out there help us?

Sailors' Valentine Workshops
We had a wonderful turnout for our Sailors' Valentine workshop. Check out some of the projects.

March Children's Explorer Camp
Does It Float?
March 15th, 9am-4pm
Ages 5-10
$40/$30 for PMM members
Registration Deadline: March 8th

Participants mix science with arts and crafts and even a little history as they explore the basics of buoyancy. Starting with paper boats, participants will use their creativity to design their own model boats out of a variety of materials. Camp will also include stories, games, and opportunities to float the creations in a basin. For more information or to register, please contact Jeana Ganskop 
at  jganskop@pmm-maine.org or 207-548-2529 x213.
Making summer plans for the kids?
We can help!
We are bringing back two week-long children's camps this summer!  Children ages 5-8 can join us July 15th through 19th and ages 9-12 can attend camp July 29th through August 2nd. Campers will be kept busy with daily adventures including games, crafts, hands-on activities, music, exhibits, and more! Camps run Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm and are $195 per camper or $160 for children of Penobscot Marine Museum members. Find out more here .

Join us Wednesdays between June 19th and August 7th for Junior Adventurers as we explore a maritime topic through story time, crafts, games, and special staff-led, interactive exhibit visits.

Bring the whole family to weekend events! On June 22nd and 23rd, Knot Your Ordinary Weekend will feature demonstrations, vendors, speakers, and special hands-on activities. Visitors will discover all about knots and their uses in maritime Maine. Attendees at PMM's "Where in the World" event on July 20th will enjoy unique activities related to the summer exhibit, including trivia, a scavenger hunt, speakers, and more.

See you this summer!
Annual T-Shirt Design Contest
PMM is now accepting submissions for our annual T-shirt design competition. This year, we're looking for submissions inspired by the art and photographs in our 2019 exhibits, Maine animals in photographs, "Weather or Knot," and "Where in the World?" The winning design will be printed on t-shirts available for sale online and in the PMM Gift Shop. The winning design will be announced April 23rd and the winner will receive a t-shirt featuring his or her design, a 2019 PMM family membership, plus a free museum visit for the class!
  •  Competition is open to all K-12 Maine students
  •  Submit all designs by April 15th, 2019
  •  Original art only. Digital designs or scans/photos of non-digital art are welcome
Submit original designs by emailing jganskop@pmm-maine.org. Include the student's name, age, grade, school, and contact information. For the competition, please submit a medium or low resolution copy of your art as a gif, jpg, or pdf. If you are selected as our winner, we will request a copy of the original art and, if needed, assist in digitizing it. By submitting your design, you are giving Penobscot Marine Museum the right to use your work.
For questions and comments, please contact Jeana Ganskop 
at jganskop@pmm-maine.org or 207-548-2529 x213.
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