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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: Falmouth; Windham; Portsmouth
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum
Date: circa 1910
Media: black and white photograph
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.
The Doris Hamlin, a four-masted schooner built at the Frye-Flynn Shipyard in Harrington, was one of the last vessels launched there, marking the decline of a once vigorous shipbuilding industry in Washington County.
A fleet of privateers and hastily recruited soldiers failed to stop the British from occupying Majabigwaduce on Penobscot Bay in 1779. The disastrous Penobscot Expedition left the area, later known as Castine, to the British and a loyalist colony called New Ireland.