BHS meeting to feature 'Shipmaster Family Life' program

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Culture

BHS meeting to feature 'Shipmaster Family Life' program

BATH -- Nathan Lipfert, senior curator at the Maine Maritime Museum, will present "The Maine Deepwater Shipmaster's Family Life" as part of the Bath Historical Society's annual meeting this Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Room at Patten Free Library.  The talk, on the family life of deepwater ships' captains, describes what it was like to go to sea with a wife and children in tow. Lipfert will illustrate his talk with historic images of interesting people and ships, from the Museum’s collection, and with stories from real life under sail, as it was lived by Maine mariners. Could you have a family life and be a sea captain, in the days of sail? How hard was it to maintain a relationship with a husband or father who spent most of his life aboard ship? Was it possible for a shipmaster to be a good father? What sort of lifestyle could a seafaring family expect?

Refreshments will be provided and admission is free. A short business meeting will preceed the program. Patten Free Library is located at 33 Summer Street in Bath.  For more information, call 443-5141, ext. 18.

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