Sturge’s archives



SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum’s archives include photos and correspondence of the late sailor and historian Sturgis Haskins, “ready for the right enthusiast to create an article or book,” a recent newsletter from the museum said.

“Anyone interested in Sturgis Haskins’s entire archive should be aware that it is split between Penobscot Marine Museum and Maine Maritime Museum,” Maynard Bray wrote in the newsletter, “and that there’s a significant portion at both institutions, the overall emphasis being on the One-Design Sailboat classes that were once used in Maine.”

Classes include Herreshoff S-boats and Bar Harbor 31-footers, Mount Desert Island (MDI) class, Dark Harbor 17s and 12s, Alden O-boats, Brutal Beasts, Winter Harbor 21s and Northeast Harbor A-boats.

The PMM archives include records of vessels built by Alden, Lawley, Rice Brothers Corporation, Ellis Boat Company and Bunker & Ellis Boat Builders. There’s information about the racing fleets and rules for the Luders L-16 and L-24 classes, Knockabouts, MDI class, B class, Herreshoff S class and others. There are photos and racing information from Buck’s Harbor Yacht Club, Southwest Harbor Fleet, Frenchman’s Bay Racing Classes, Sorrento Yacht Club, Winter Harbor Yacht Club and racing in the Bar Harbor area.

The PMM archives are open year-round Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or by appointment.

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath has the correspondence and photos, as well as a notebook relating to formation of the Maine Antique Boat Society, a rather short-lived organization initiated by Haskins.

Visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

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