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Where in the World?
In the coming year, we will be exploring the ports depicted in the backgrounds of our ship portraits. This month: Leghorn. Leghorn, you say? This is the Anglicized version of Livorno, Italy. Livorno, located on the western coast of Tuscany on the Mediterranean, served as a free port where trade goods were imported and exported until 1868. Its chief exports at the time were oil, wine, straw hats, marble, coral, candied fruit, hides, boracic acid, hemp, mercury, rags, soap, wax and eggs. Its chief imports at the time were iron, coal, coke, cotton, wool, wheat, coffee, hides, jute, mineral oil, sulphates of coppers and iron, tobacco, carbonate of soda, and cured fish. The Penobscot Bay ships pictured below were transshipping these trade goods.

In the paintings below, you will see the following landmarks: 
  • The Outer Harbor Curvilinea Mole (breakwater) with a fortification and the yellow octagonal Diga Curvilinea North Head and South Head Lights
  • The tall double cylinder Livorno High Light 
  • The Outer Harbor Rettilinea Mole lighthouse
  • The Livorno Mountains to the south and east
  • The cathedral clock tower
  • The dome of the Dominican Church
  • The tower of Marzocco, an octagonal watchtower with a jutting gallery at the top
  • The bustling port city linking Pisa and the rest of Tuscany to the world
Bark AUGUSTINE KOBBE, built in Searsport in 1866. Entering Leghorn, January 22, 1880.
Painted by Luigi Renault.
 Gift of the Estate of Dr. Georgia Ford.
Bark LUCY A. NICKELS of New York, built in Searsport in 1855, with J.B. Edwards commanding, off Leghorn in 1869.
Painted by Luigi Renault. 
 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Amos D. Carver.
Bark SUSAN A. BLAISDELL, built in Searsport in 1860, with Tho. Eaton commanding, entering Leghorn in 1862.
Painted by Luigi Renault.
Gift of the Estate of S. Blaisdell.
Bark ORCHILLA, built in Searsport in 1856, entering Leghorn in 1868.
Gift of Frederick D. Foote

Museum Store Sale!
Our end of season sale has begun in the Museum Store! Markdowns include PMM apparel, books, map prints & much more! Don't forget Members get a 10% discount on all non-sale items all year round!
Volunteer Spotlight
Continued from September 
It's a pleasure to have this monthly opportunity for a shout-out to our terrific crew of volunteers. Taking a bow this month is Erin Tokarz, who became a powerful addition to our ranks less than a year ago. Her talents are perfectly suited to the wheelhouse of PMM's Photo Archives-she's an artist with technical aptitude.

She's led an unusual life to boot. She's been a photographer since she was old enough to vote, and went to art school to focus on fine art photography for a while as her younger self before meeting her future husband Aaron and beginning a series of geographical adventures. They lived on his boat for eight months, then rambled through Mexico and Guatemala together for a time.

The pair returned to the states only when Erin was ready to give birth to their first child; they made their way to Arkansas, where Aaron's mother lived (she was a midwife). Aaron is a boat builder, and has long preferred to be an itinerant one, so the young, slowly growing family moved around a lot. Erin spent much of this time homeschooling their children, who have all turned out to be pretty successful people. Eventually, they established a fixed point on the map when they built a house on some land gifted to them by friends in Ohio. While they still maintain the Ohio residence as a base of sorts, they have continued to change addresses as Aaron finds interesting projects to align himself with in different places.

Erin got her chance to return to her study of photography after the pair moved to Rockland with their youngest daughter in 2015. She enrolled in the professional certificate program at Maine Media workshops, where she specialized in visual storytelling. This training helped her refine her artistic vision and stoked her creative fires.

The family has continued living in Rockland; Erin found us last November, and her skills have been a boon to PMM. She generously spends six hours a week on archival digital camera capture of a large group of 35mm negatives belonging to the National Fisherman Collection; we're very grateful to have her assistance in finishing this important and lengthy project. We hope to have her on board in the same role when we begin processing the much-publicized Kosti Ruohomaa Collection, which came to the museum last year.

Erin is a thoroughly obsessed photographer; when she's not here, she's building her freelance portrait business, making pinhole cameras, and scheming her next foray into alternative-process printmaking. We are indeed lucky to know her and work with her. Erin, thanks for making your mark here.
A Yankee Expeditioner's
Thoughts  On The Penobscot Expedition
Thursday, October 4
5:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
Cost: $5 members;  $8 non-members

The Penobscot Expedition, during the Revolutionary War, was the worst naval disaster in American history until Pearl Harbor. David Middleton, a costumed interpreter, will discuss the failures of the assault on Magabigaduce (Castine) and the consequences to the Mid-coast and Penobscot regions of Maine.
Model Pumpkin Boat  Competition
Saturday, October 6th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
$5 registration fee
PMM Crescent

The model boats in Penobscot Marine Museum's temporary exhibit, "Sailing Small: Small Boats, Big Ideas" are made of many different materials from paper to plastic. As part of Searsport's Fling into fall, we challenge you to make a model boat out of a Pumpkin! Bring your model pumpkin boat to the Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday October 6th to compete. PMM staff will judge entries using a point system based on size, composition, creative use of pumpkin, overall look, ability to float, and speed. The winner will receive 50% of the proceeds and the other 50% will go to the Penobscot Marine Museum to help support programming like this!
Rules & Regulations
  • A member of the gourd family (pumpkin, squash, cucumber, zucchini, melon, etc.) must be a key component of the model boat
  • Must float
  • Must be able to move from A to B without human contact (all boats will be timed to travel across our small pool)
  • Must be under 12" tall by 12" wide by 12" deep
  • Must pre-register by October 3rd
  • All boats must arrive before 1pm on Saturday, October 6th. Judging begins at 1pm.
To register, call 207-548-2529 or email
Boat Building In Lubec
Thursday, October 11
5:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
Cost: $5 members; 
$8 non-members

Ralph S. Colson opened his boat repair and fabrication shop in Lubec and passed it on to his son Herb Colson. Completed in 1949, the sardine carrier Chester Pike was the last boat built by Colson. Herb Colson Jr. inherited the family's photographs and stories and will share them during this talk.
Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse
Thursday, October 18
5:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
Cost: $5 members; 
$8 non-members

Judy Chandler's grandparents ran the Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse. They raised twelve children at this remote lighthouse accessible by foot only at low tide or by boat. Using family photos, hear about her family's adventures and experience living in a lighthouse.