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Ship building agreement, Phippsburg, 1847

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Ship building agreement, Phippsburg, 1847 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 7, page 206-207.

An 1847 shipbuilding contract between James L. Todd of Phippsburg and John Smith of Bath.

Todd lays out his obligations to oversee the completion of a ship. He writes a detailed account of building the ship from start to finish- from procurement of timber and materials to the launching of the completed ship into the water.

Shipyards employed many workers. Some were skilled, but the majority did heavy labor for long hours and minimal wages.

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