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USS Bowdoin (IX-50)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Servuce Medal (with "A" device)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Two-masted Auxiliary Schooner:
  • Built in 1921, official number 22125, at Hodgdon Brothers, East Boothbay, ME.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in May 1941 for use in the South Greenland Patrol
  • Commissioned, USS Bowdoin (IX-50), 16 June 1941, LCDR. Donald B. MacMillan USNR in command.
  • Decommissioned, 16 December 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register in May 1944
  • Sold by the US Government in 1945
  • Current Disposition, serving as a sail training vessel at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME., owned by the Schooner Bowdoin Association, Inc.
  • Declared a National Historic Landmark on December 20, 1989,
    Displacement 66 t.
    Length 88'
    Beam 20' 2"
    Draft 9' 4"
    Sail - 2,900 square feet of canvas
    Auxiliary, 190-hp Cummings Diesel engine
    single propeller.
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    USS Bowdoin (IX-50)
    Bowdoin 115k USS Bowdoin (IX-50) moored in the ice, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo form "All Hands" magazine, issue dated April 1946
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Yacht Bowdoin
    84k Schooner Bowdoin frozen in the Arctic, 1 August 1923. Note the snow igloos built on the deck of the ship, covering the hatches to retain the warmth.
    Photo from "In Touch with the World from the Arctic" by Burnham McLeary, Radio Broadcast, August 1923, page 286.
    Robert Hurst
    Bowdoin 71k Schooner Bowdoin underway under sail, date and location unknown. Gunther Krebs
    Bowdoin 74k Schooner Bowdoin moored at Mystic Seaport, CT. circa 1959-68. Photo courtesy of the Marine Historical Association Gunther Krebs
    Bowdoin 43k Schooner Bowdoin underway using sail, date and place unknown. Gunther Krebs
    Bowdoin 279k Schooner Bowdoin at anchor off Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, 31 February 2007.
    Photo courtesy Dylan Clark.
    Robert Hurst
    113k Schooner Bowdoin being saluted with a water spout by a fireboat, 18 July 2015. This was the first tall ship in the Iberdrola USA Tall Ships 2015 parade just off of Portland Head Light.
    Photo courtesy of Paul VanDerWerf, Brunswick, Maine
    Robert Hurst
    217k Schooner Bowdoin underway off Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 23 July 2017.
    Photo courtesy of Cephas (real name unknown)
    Robert Hurst

    USS Bowdoin (IX-50)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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