The 2019 season’s exhibit invites visitors to step back in time to the 1800s when Castine’s working waterfront thrived on a global market. Shipyards and a dozen active wharves stood along Castine Harbor. Chandleries and sailmakers outfitted schooners and square-riggers amidst the smell of tar, fish and wood. Castine merchants and shipowners ran an effective and largely self-contained international trade in fish, cotton, and salt from about 1820-1860. But not without the many risks faced by the men and women sailing wooden ships across the open ocean to carry merchandise to distant ports. Exhibit schedule and hours can be found at castinehistoricalsociety.org.