Keywords: Shipbuilding trades
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
Title: Framing Chisel
Contributed by: Davistown Museum
Media: forged iron and steel
Contributed by: Brick Store Museum
Maine has a long history of boat and ship-building, spurred by the timber resources and the many sheltered ports along the coast. Shipping and trade were especially important in Maine in the 19th century.
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.
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.