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Columbus replica ship to leave Maine early after objections

July 12, 2021 GMT

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — A replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships will leave Maine earlier than expected after disapproval from tribal groups.

The ship was initially going to travel up the Penobscot River as part of a Maine bicentennial event, the Bangor Daily News reported. That appearance was canceled, as well as other appearances scheduled for this week, said Dick Campbell, an organizer of the event with Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association.

The ship is expected to leave the state on Tuesday instead of on July 18.

Maulian Dana, tribal ambassador for Penobscot Nation, said the tribe was “disappointed and disheartened that any group would use a replica of a ship used by Christopher Columbus to celebrate the heritage and statehood of Maine.”

Maine’s actual bicentennial year was 2020, but events were moved to this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.