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HMS Calcutta Naval Vessel, Casco Bay, Portland, 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1920 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 11555

Ships in harbor, Kittery Navy Yard, 1868

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1898 Location: Kittery; Portsmouth Media: Photographic print

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Destroyer U.S.S. MADDOX (DD-731) under way

Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum Date: 1944 Location: Bath Media: Photographic print


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Big Timber: the Mast Trade

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.


Enemies at Sea, Companions in Death

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.


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.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Historical Overview - Page 2 of 4

Two months later what is presumed the first naval battle of the Revolution occurred in Machias when townspeople fired on the British schooner…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

On August 13, 1779, American and British naval forces clashed, and the Americans suffered a crushing defeat.

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec History

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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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