Maine Symposium Focuses on Navy

The last of the "four-stack" destroyers, USS Pruitt, being launched from Bath Iron Works in 1920. Photo/Wikipedia

The nearly 200-year relationship between the U.S. Navy and Maine will be topic under discussion at the 39th Annual Walker Maritime History Symposium, Saturday, April 30, at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

Few states have been impacted more than Maine by the level of Navy activity over the course of our nation’s 235-year history. Some of the state’s attributes that helped create that bond include Maine’s geography, its abundant natural resources, its geographic location, its shipbuilding expertise and its hardworking sea-going populace.

The symposium will explore that relationship beginning with what many consider the coming of age of the U.S. Navy, the War of 1812, up to and including the 40-year, mostly technological and psychological, conflict with the Soviet Union, now known as the Cold War. Many of the discussions will cover topics within the timeframe of 1941 to 1991, a 50-year period in which the histories of Maine and the Navy were most strongly aligned.

Many of presentations will include personal accounts by individuals who were directly involved in the subject matter they will speak about. This living history format promises to provide a detail rich, more emotional, glimpse into the subject matter.

Registration fee:

  • Members: $60
  • Nonmembers: $70
  • Students: $35

Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, closing reception, dessert and coffee.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with presentations beginning at 9:00 a.m. The closing reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

To register or for more information:

Maine Maritime Museum (Symposium Info)

Symposium Schedule of Events

Symposium Registration

(207-443-1316, ext. 0)

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