Lecture tonight on Revolutionary Navy

Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Culture

Lecture tonight on Revolutionary Navy

BATH — The Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will hold the third presentation in this year's Winter Speaker Series at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 14, in Bath City Hall. Author James Nelson will present a program on his book “George Washington’s Secret Navy.” The regularly scheduled program on Col. John Allen has been cancelled due to logistical problems.

In 1775, Washington secretly authorized the formation of a fleet of small coastal schooners to take on the world’s mightiest navy. Nelson will discuss Washington's development as a naval strategist and the shining moment when America took control of the sea and won the Revolution.

Nelson, a native of Lewiston now living in Harpswell, spent six years working on board traditional sailing ships. He is the author of 16 works of maritime fiction and history. "George Washington's Secret Navy" won the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval History. Nelson has appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV.

The FOMB Winter Speaker Series takes place monthly from October-May on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month. The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay with support and door prizes from Patagonia Outlet in Freeport. The next FOMB presentation will be held Jan. 11 at Bowdoin College’s Cram Alumni House. That program, entitled “Notes on a Lost Flute,” will feature eco-historian, linguist, author and activist Kerry Hardy and will be combined with the FOMB annual meeting and potluck supper beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information on FOMB’s programs contact chairman Ed Friedman at 666-3372 or edfomb@comcast.net. A full speaker schedule and speaker biographies are available on the web at www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org.


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