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Historical Items

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Item 20795

South Portland Shipbuilding Corp., Hull #48, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943-02-23 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 21560

Bow, Liberty Ship, South Portland, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 17271

Nameplate from the S.S. Lillian Nordica

Contributed by: Nordica Memorial Association Date: 1944 Location: Farmington Media: metal

Exhibits

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South Portland's Wartime Shipbuilding

Two shipyards in South Portland, built quickly in 1941 to construct cargo ships for the British and Americans, produced nearly 270 ships in two and a half years. Many of those vessels bore the names of notable Mainers.

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Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775

At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine.

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The Schooner Bowdoin: Ninety Years of Seagoing History

After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner <em>Bowdoin,</em> which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Dreamland and Liberty

After the Liberty Theatre closed in 1923, the building then became the Liberty Garage in 1924 because automobiles were becoming more popular and they…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

… workers, who helped with the construction of Liberty Ships. After a period of busy growth, industry, and prosperity, the change shook the island.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement

… Scotsman, author, merchant, politician, Son of Liberty, Revolutionary War figure, and all-around interesting character, Swan followed the current…

My Maine Stories

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII

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My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima