New MacMillan Video Surfaces from 1938

We don’t know the origin of this 73-year-old newsreel footage, but Louis Garcelon ’39 mailed it to the College on a CD last year shortly before he passed away, and it is “new” footage to the Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. The two-minute, thirty-second silent clip features Donald B. MacMillan, Bowdoin Class of 1898, readying the schooner Bowdoin and departing from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, on June 25, 1938, for his 17th Arctic expedition. The video also shows famous reporter Lowell Thomas, who was there to see MacMillan off, and ostensibly, report news of the world-famous explorer’s newest adventure. Louis Garcelon was a rising senior at Bowdoin when this footage was taken, and he would later own and operate the Mainstay Marina and the charter boat Lassie in Boothbay Harbor, until retiring to Florida in 1972.

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  1. Phil Hansen '64

    I could be wrong, but I think that the Bowdoin was sailing not from Boothbay Harbor but from East Boothbay, her home port. She was built at the Hodgdon Brothers yard in East Boothbay. My great-great-uncle Percy Orne once told me that he had made her masts, as the spar maker for Hodgdon Brothers for many years.
    As my grandmother impressed on me at a very early age, East Boothbay is NOT a “suburb” of Boothbay Harbor, but a highly self-conscious separate community.

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