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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: Photographic print
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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.
Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.
A summer resident of Wayne collected more than 3,000 bookplates to honor Maine native and noted opera singer Annie Louise Cary and to support the Cary Memorial Library.
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She was an 88 ton, 67 foot two-masted topsail schooner in regular service between the Saco and Boston.
To get an idea of how big some of the masts were, the leach of the sail was 90 feet long 48 feet its head 30 feet and the hoist 62 feet.