The Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street, Bath, ME, USA
www.mainemaritimemuseum.org - (207) 443-1346
The Maine Maritime Museum Bath Reviews
The Maine Maritime Museum Jun 06, 2008
Located on the quiet banks of the Kennebec River, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath -'The City of Ships' - was an excellent introduction to wooden ship building, New England coastal life, and the Maine lobster industry. Few pre-season visitors made it easy to breeze through the museum grounds at a casual pace on my self-guided tour of the Percy & Small Shipyard. Guided tours are available from April through October.
From 1896 until 1920, Sam Percy and Frank Small constructed 41 four-, five-, and six-masted schooners on the site. Five of the original buildings still stand to convey nicely how the massive wooden ships were designed, moulded, constructed, and finally launched.
White steel sculptures of the bow and stern of the schooner Wyoming dominates the shipyard and gives dimension to the massive size of those wooden ships. Once the sculpture is completed, it will outline the full-scale size and shape of the largest wooden ship ever constructed and will truly be mind-boggling. The Wyoming was the last ship built at the shipyard.
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