News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 9, 2021
Wilson Museum presents “Donald MacMillan and the Bowdoin: A Man and His Boat”


The Bowdoin.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Burton

Join the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, September 15, at 4 p.m. to “meet” Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan through readings of his life and voyages, as well as personal memories shared by Don Small, who attended a presentation by MacMillan as a youngster. Become acquainted with MacMillan’s beloved vessel, Bowdoin, through a presentation given by David Wyman on the vessel’s unique design and adventurous purpose. The program is offered in celebration of the Bowdoin’s centennial

The event will be available in person at the museum’s Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street in Castine, or virtually through Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, email the staff at with the subject line “Virtual Attendance MacMillan and Bowdoin.”

Don Small, a retired Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, has lived in Castine for much of his life. He writes historical fiction about this region and is a member of the Wilson Museum Board of Trustees. David Wyman is a naval architect living and working in Castine. He has designed and surveyed a large variety of vessels over his career and is also a member of the museum’s Board of Trustees.