Maine Maritime receives $2.5 million gift

CASTINE, Maine (AP) _ Maine Maritime Academy has been given a $2.5 million gift that it will use to enhance its engineering program.The gift, announced Monday, comes from the American Bureau of Shipping, an international ship classification society based in Houston.

Family Ties: Adult ed a great start for family historians

Adult education classes are generally one of the best deals in town. Phil Getchell will once again teach a genealogy course for Bangor Adult Education 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30.
Typically, Getchell teaches the first class at Bangor High School, then holds hands-on classes in the Bangor Room at Bangor Public Library, a wonderful place to do Maine and New England genealogy. It’s a tremendous opportunity to learn about “what’s where,” especially since Getchell has many years’ experience as a volunteer in that very room — and in the microfilm room next door.

‘Patriot’ battles to return historic cannon to Bridgewater

A Connecticut maritime historian is battling for the return of a Revolutionary War cannon which he says was made in a Bridgewater foundry.Gary Gianotti, 38, of Milford, Conn., describes himself as a merchant sea captain, treasure hunter and patriot. He is researching the history of several cannons, and is working to bring at least one of them to Bridgewater from Maine. The idea is supported by the head of Bridgewater’s historical commission.
Gianotti said the Maine Historical Society has one of the brass cannons scuttled by fleeing colonists after the failed Penobscot Expedition of 1779 in Penobscot Bay, Maine. According to, the cannons were confiscated by the British Navy and, later, by 20th century treasure hunters and dispatched to Maine, Canada, Washington state and New South Wales in Australia.

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