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  • Ship Portraits from the Penobscot Museum Collection – A Presentation by Cipperly Good, Co-Sponsored with the Rockland Historical Society

    The Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library will co-sponsor a presentation by Cipperly Good about the foreign ports represented in ship portraits from the collection of the Penobscot Marine Museum.
    Cipperly Good is the Richard Saltonstall Jr. Curator of Maritime History at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, serving as registrar, archivist, librarian, curator, and exhibit designer. She has a master’s degree in Museum Science from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. and she has worked or interned at the Shelburne Museum, the National Archives, and Mystic Seaport; she also taught maritime history on a cruise from Gloucester to Puerto Rico.
    Cipperly will show Maine ship portraits with foreign ports in the background to illustrate the ports of call and cargoes imported and exported on Maine vessels around the world in the 19th century. Ship owners often commissioned paintings of their ships, and marine artists painted foreign ports in the background to provide more context about the ship’s history. The paintings from the collection show merchant marine vessels – downeasters from Penobscot Bay – from sloops to warships. “The sea connects all things,” says Cipperly, “so maritime history is global history.”
    Following Cipperly’s talk, we will adjourn to the Rockland Historical Society Museum for lemonade, cookies, and conversation.
    FMI or for Zoom links, please email


    Jul 20 2023


    6:30 pm


    Rockland Public Library - Community Room
    80 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA

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