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41th Annual Walker
Maritime History Symposium
Maritime Maine and the Civil War
Schedule of Events
8:00 am Registration, coffee
9:00 am Welcome, Amy Lent, Executive Director
9:05 am Introduction, Nathan R. Lipfert, Senior Curator
9:10 am Presentation: Earle R. Warren, “On the Brink of War: The Sewall Family Fleet
1860-61,” a reprise of Bud’s talk from 1975 on an important Maine merchant fleet
and their involvement in the slave-based cotton trade
10:10 am Presentation: William Lowe, “Confederate Naval Strategy: Letters of Marque,” a
discussion of a strategy with an important impact on Maine merchant vessels
10:50 am Coffee and informal discussion
11:10 am Presentation: John F. Battick, “Damned if You Don’t, Damned if You Do: The Civil War
Adventures of Captain George Henry Preble USN,” an officer from a distinguished
Maine naval family
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Panel Discussion: “Shipbuilding During the Civil War”
Al Ross, Warships: Developing Models of the USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama
Jon Johansen, Maine-built Merchant Vessels
2:30 pm Coffee and informal discussion
3:00 pm Presentation: David Nelson, “Civil War Union Jacks: The Experience of Maine Sailors
in Preserving the Union”
3:45 pm Presentation: Stephen N. Sanfilippo, “Maritime Music of the Civil War”
4:30 pm Break (visit the Museum Store, exhibits)
5:00 pm Fish house punch reception
This program is supported by the Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Fund.
Maine Maritime Museum offers a myriad of opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture and to experience the mystique of Maine.
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