Thursday, December 29, 2011

Maine Shipbuilding Heritage

Open year-round, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, offers an opportunity to explore the shipbuilding heritage for which Bath is so famous.
The museum is located just a few yards east of  Bath Iron Works which is still building ships for the military.

Very few shipbuilders were involved in building 6-masted schooners during the early 1900's.  The shipyard in Bath had the capabilities to build this fine ship. This painting is one of many on display at the museum.



The grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum include many outbuildings, as well as the original frame for the gigantic hulls.


In the background one can view the current shipbuilding industry, Bath Iron Works.


This diorama shows a typical shipbuilding day in Bath during the early 1900's.


Thanks to Kathy Perkins (Museum volunteer) for driving us around the expansive property in the electric cart.




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8 comments:

CARLOS said...

Beautiful story, a beautiful place full of history and linked to the sea which I love. Take this opportunity to wish you a happy 2012 entry and send you a big greeting.

DeeBee L. said...

It's amazing to realize the craftsmanship of these generations of men who built these marvelous ships! I am not sure we have been able to improve on their skills, they were already great master builders!
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful start fro 2012 Margaret! DeeBee x

JM said...

Lovely post! Best wishes for 2012, Margaret.

Elisa said...

Happy New Year Margaret.
My best wishes
Elisa, in Argentina

Joyful said...

Interesting history, Margaret. So glad you could get around in that wheeled vehicle.

magda said...

My dear friend Margaret
I so interesting place and your photos and story, too!!!
I wish you all the best for your family for a new year!
Many greetings and kisses

Firefly said...

It must have really been something back in the day seeing these 6 masted ships sail by. I just love museums like these.

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