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Item 27831

Title: Ship Frank F. Curling, Thomaston, 1878

Contributed by: Thomaston Historical Society

Date: 1878

Location: Thomaston

Media: Black and White Photograph

Item 55349

Title: Caulking Iron, Popham Colony, ca. 1607

Contributed by: Maine State Museum

Date: circa 1607

Location: Phippsburg

Media: Iron

Item 17293

Title: S.S. Lillian Nordica, WWII Liberty Ship

Contributed by: Nordica Memorial Association

Date: 1944

Location: South Portland

Media: Photograph

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William Wong, ca. 1926

Chinese in Maine

In 1857, when Daniel Cough left Amoy Island, China, as a stowaway on a sailing ship from Mt. Desert Island he was on his way into history as the first Chinese person to make his home in Maine. He was soon followed by a cigar maker and a tea merchant who settled in Portland and then by many more Chinese men who spread all over Maine working mostly as laundrymen.


Southern Cross commemorative print, ca. 1928

Harry Lyon: An Old Sea Dog Takes to the Air

Through a chance meeting, Harry Lyon of Paris Hill became the navigator on the 1928 flight of the Southern Cross, the first trans-Pacific flight. His skill as a navigator, despite his lack of experience, was a key factor on the flight's success.


King Tavern and Customs House, Bath, ca. 1910

William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.