Anne Emmanuelle Marpeau, a French artist, creates shadow box dioramas of Maine's coastal history. Marpeau continues the artistic tradition nineteenth century sailors, describing her boxes as "ex-votos", a reference to folk art as a spiritual offering for safe passage across the ocean. Her scenes describe the heritage and history of eastern seaboard towns and seafarers. A. Emmanuelle Marpeau has received several awards from the Mystic Seaport Museum including an Award of Excellence, and in September 2019, the Thomas M. Hoyne III Award, given to the work that best documents an aspect of the marine fisheries industry of today or yesterday.
May 28, 1877 - By the time he decided to cross the Atlantic from New Bedford, Mass. to Penzance, UK, Thomas Crapo already had a long and storied history as an adventurer. But on this journey, Thomas and his young wife, Johanna, made the crossing alone aboard a 9-foot flat-bottomed dory. This exploit made Thomas and Johanna into legends.
Henry W. Small was veteran millwright at Percy & Small shipyard in Bath and a seaman aboard the small coasting schooner, Enigma. On one harrowing trip, the schooner capsized in a gale, trapping the men below in the cabin. They cut their way with a small hatchet from the cabin to the hold and then from the hold to open air through the bottom of the vessel, a process that took three days. For nine more days, they clung to life lashed to a wooden framework they had assembled before being rescued by the English brig Peerless. Not surprisingly, Small decided to find shore work after that adventure.
Dark Harbor 17
The Dark Harbor 17 was originally designed in Manchester, Massachusetts in 1908 by B.B. Crowninshield, gaining popularity when it was adopted as a racing fleet for several Maine Yacht Clubs. The boat was eventually named after Dark Harbor of Islesboro, where it continues to be a favorite for its slender hull lines and fast speed. The schooner Charlotte A. Beal, a "wet well" smack of Beal’s Island, Maine, went missing on a winter passage, and is thought to have come to grief in the dangerous country of breaking ledges off Seal’s Island.
In 1814, the lobsterman Joshua Dyer rowed his family from Cape Cod to the White Islands near Vinalhaven, living off the land and sea for a year.
Mount Desert Rock
Nothing imagined is as desolate as a lone, barren rock, standing several miles from shore.