Every month, from September to June, we provide a platform for members of the Midcoast community - and sometimes people from much farther away - to tell stories related to the sea that might not otherwise be heard. These lectures are free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. Check out our lineup for 2019-2020 below.


October 23rd, 6-7pm

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November 13th, 6-7pm

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Ship's Carpenter on the Picton Castle: The Experiences of a Dayman on a Voyaging Square-Rigger

Come hear lecturer Tim Clark talk about his adventures as the Ship’s Carpenter on the Picton Castle. He worked on the Picton Castle from October 2015 to April 2016, sailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, through the Azores, Madeira, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal, Cape Verde, the Caribbean and Bermuda, before returning home to Lunenburg.

Tim is a professional shipwright who co-owns and operates Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding, LLC. He has been building and restoring wooden boats in boat shops, shipyards, and museums across New England for nearly two decades, and has also spent significant periods of time working aboard large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessels of many types, both as ship's carpenter and deck crew. Tim is particularly interested in historic vessels and working craft, and has dedicated much of his career to the stewardship of maritime traditions through his work with several educational institutions, as well as commercial vessels that provide authentic traditional sailing experiences. Tim lives in Midcoast Maine and offers his skills wherever they are needed, whether locally or on the other side of the globe.

GO/NO-GO: Managing Risk in Open Boat Cruising With Aeronautical Decision Making

It can be nerve-wracking to try and decide whether the conditions are right for a sail, especially when it’s bad weather. Learn about how to apply risk management techniques from the aviation industry to identify, assess, and mitigate risk on boats in a controlled, logical fashion. While all risk can never be eliminated, we can make better decisions before an accident, or recognize when we've made a poor choice through continuous evaluation of evolving situations. We will be using a particularly harrowing capsize Christophe experienced as a case study, and will then have a discussion integrating all of these elements.

Christophe Matson has sailed small boats since grade school and has been a water rat since before that. He is passionate about traditional small craft and the freedom of salt water. He is a pilot for a major US airline and a Certificated Flight Instructor.


September 25th - Lena Börjesson

October 23rd - Tim Clark

November 13th - Christophe Matson

December 18th - Joee Patterson

January 15th - Chris Battaglia

February 19th - Hannah Gray

March 18th - Simon Day Larsen

April 15th - TBA

May 20th - Nina Noah

June 10th - TBA