Keywords: Maritime Ships and boats Naval
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Media: Glass Negative
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1898
Location: Kittery; Portsmouth
Media: Photographic print
Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.
Lt. William Burrows and Commander Samuel Blyth, commanders of the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer, led their ships and crews in Battle in Muscongus Bay on Sept. 5, 1813. The American ship was victorious, but both captains were killed. Portland staged a large and regal joint burial.
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 Bowdoin, which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.
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Two months later what is presumed the first naval battle of the Revolution occurred in Machias when townspeople fired on the British schooner…
On August 13, 1779, American and British naval forces clashed, and the Americans suffered a crushing defeat.
Yeaton, America’s first commissioned naval officer, was sent to the Passamaquoddy region, charged with curtailing the growth of smuggling there.
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by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne
Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII