Award to Harvey Gamage, South Bristol, 1969


This 1969 letter of recognition from the Governor of Maine, Kenneth Curtis, honors shipbuilder Harvey Gamage for his superior craftsmanship in making wooden sailing vessels. The letter specifically mentions four vessels in particular; the Hero, the Mary Day, the Shenandoah, and the Clearwater.

After working as an apprentice in East Boothbay, Harvey Gamage (__ -1976) started his own boatyard on Shipyard Road in South Bristol as "Harvey F. Gamage, Bristol Yacht Building Company" and later as" Harvey Gamage - Shipbuilders." More than 300 wooden vessels were built there between 1924 and 1976, and in 1970 the first steel hull boat was launched.


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