CASTINE, Maine (AP) – Maine Maritime Academy’s historic schooner Bowdoin has returned to Maine after making its summer training expedition to Canada, where it took part in a celebration of Canadian Arctic explorer Bob Bartlett.

The 88-foot Bowdoin returned to Castine late Wednesday after an 11-week cruise visiting ports in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the summer-long initiative in Canada called Celebrating Bartlett 2009. Bartlett is best-known for taking Adm. Robert Peary to within 150 miles of the North Pole in 1909.

Maine Maritime’s annual training course aboard the Bowdoin provides students hands-on instruction in traditional sail techniques. Built in 1921 in East Boothbay, the Bowdoin made 25 scientific expeditions to the Arctic Circle until 1954.

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