The 2016 Seafaring Series at Rockport Opera House

Seafaring Series 2016
Sponsored by the Friends of Rockport Public Library


Rockport Opera House
Thursdays at 7 PM in October


Jane and Tom Babbitt“Reliving The Dream” with Jane and Tom Babbitt
Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 PM
With fond memories of their trip to the Caribbean with their young daughters in 1989, Tom and Jane Babbitt once again set sail for the islands. Different route, different crew, different boat, and a different level of technology made for a voyage of contrasts. Hear their observations about the ways this trip compared to the first one, with pictures from both trips.



The History of the Maine Seacoast Mission
Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM

Since 1905, the Maine Seacoast Mission has provided medical, emotional, and spiritual care to the inhabitants of remote and isolated island communities off the coast of Maine. Today, the Mission continues this tradition of service via the MV Sunbeam V, a 75-foot steel hulled boat equipped with state-of-the-art telemedicine technology and ice breaking capacities. Sharon Daley and Douglas Cornman are two members of the five-person crew that cruise year-round from the Cranberry Isles in Frenchman's Bay to Monhegan Island, off Muscongus Bay. They will share the history of the Maine Seacoast Mission and discuss their work as they address the joys and challenges of living on Maine's rugged outer islands.


“Arctic Observations: Recent images and thoughts from Greenland and the Northwest Passage” with Peter Ralston
Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 PM

Photographer and Island Institute co-founder Peter Ralston spent a month this summer exploring the west coast of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. During his travels, Ralston was struck by the austere beauty and overwhelming scale of the landscapes. He also had a chance to visit Inuit villages and hunting camps and found himself more interested than ever in matters related to climate change. Join him as he shows the photographs of a remarkable journey.


“My Life at Sea” with Captain Linda Greenlaw WesselLinda Greenlaw Wessel
Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 PM

Captain Linda Greenlaw Wessel, the only female sword-fishing boat captain on the east coast of the USA, will talk about her life at sea. She has written three best-selling books about life as a commercial fisher: The Hungry Ocean, The Lobster Chronicles, and All Fishermen are Liars, and she was featured in The Perfect Storm. With special thanks to the 16 Bay View Hotel for sponsoring this event.