September 17, 2021

SMH

Santa Maria History

Maine bicentennial occasion canceled after tribes oppose Columbus replica ship’s inclusion

Organizers canceled a Maine bicentennial tall-ships celebration established for the reduce Penobscot River subsequent 7 days following tribal leaders expressed outrage around the inclusion of a reproduction of a vessel sailed by Christopher Columbus.

Dick Campbell, a former Republican state legislator from Orrington and direct organizer of a tall ships competition place on by the Penobscot Maritime Heritage Affiliation, said in a assertion on Friday evening that the stop by by the Nao Santa Maria, a replica of one of the a few ships sailed by Columbus throughout his 1492 voyage to the New Environment, would be canceled.

“In our desire to celebrate Maine’s maritime heritage and carry masted ships to the Penobscot basin and upriver to Bangor, we unsuccessful to enjoy the symbolic significance of bringing the duplicate of the Santa Maria to port,” Campbell stated. “We are now a great deal far more aware of the affect getting that vessel listed here has on all those whose histories pre-date Maine statehood. We apologize to those who have been offended by our error.”