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Six-mast schooner WYOMING, off mouth of Kennebec River, 1909

Six-mast schooner WYOMING, off mouth of Kennebec River, 1909

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Photograph of the six-mast schooner WYOMING setting sail for the first time, off the mouth of the Kennebec River.

Built at the Percy and Small shipyard at Bath, WYOMING was the largest wooden sailing vessel built in the U.S., and the last six-mast schooner built on the East Coast. She measured 3,730 gross tons, register length 329.5 feet. Her hold could carry 6,000 long tons of coal.

In this photo, she is floating so high out of the water because she does not have a cargo. The steam exhaust visible beside her is from her donkey engine, which is hoisting her sails.

Built for the coastal coal trade, WYOMING was lost with her crew of 14 in 1924.

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