As part of the fabulous Saltwater Celtic Music Festival at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, Maine, The Squid Jiggers will play a concert at the Maine Maritime Museum’s lovely Long Reach Hall Friday night July 19 in Bath, Maine.
The show will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10/$15 for this event.
MMM’s current exhibition, “That Flaunting Rag!: Maine’s Maritime War Against the Confederacy” sheds some light on the more obscure parts of the war against the Confederate sea raiders, which played out in an era of clicking telegraphs as a maritime chess game of espionage, long distance sleuthing, and diplomatic double-entendres.
The ‘Battle of Portland Harbor’ is also featured, in which the explosion of the highjacked Federal Revenue Cutter Caleb Cushing stymied only the most obvious attempt of Confederate agents to exploit the vulnerabilities of Maine’s long coastline, easily penetrated from Canadian refuge.
The shows also gets into Maine’s shipbuilding contributions to the war effort, including the Bath-built ’90-day gunboat’ USS Katahdin, whose lengthy service on the lower Mississippi included the interception of a herd of Texas cattle intended for Confederate troops; less black and white (or blue and gray) was the intriguing complication of the Union blockade for Maine shipping interests, which had long cultivated profitable relationships within Southern port cities.
Come to the museum for the great exhibits and stay for The Squid Jiggers show. You’ll be glad you did.