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Historical Items

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Item 102275

Portland Company shop drawing of a ship boiler, Portland, 1905

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1905 Location: Portland Media: Ink on Linen

Item 21560

Bow, Liberty Ship, South Portland, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 81355

Brig under construction, Somes Cove, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Mount Desert Island Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Mount Desert Island Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 86130

Storage, Browns Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Ship Ceiling Use: Storage

Item 86872

Storage for Ship Supplies and Coal, Portland Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Portland Pier Use: Storage for Ship Supplies and Coal

Item 37298

128-130 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Marcia W. Rackleff et als Use: Store Building


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A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh

In 1924, with Portland was on the verge of profound changes, the Tax Assessors Office undertook a project to document every building in the city -- with photographs and detailed information that provide a unique view into Portland's architecture, neighborhoods, industries, and businesses.


The Life and Legacy of the George Tate Family

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.


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.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Shipping

Every time they got a new shipping material(another item) the captain would write it all down in his captains log which contains the item, how much…

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Historic Hallowell - Ship Parts

Ship Parts Shipbuilding spike, Hallowell, ca. 1853Item Contributed byHubbard Free Library Ship hulls were built from trees in the forests of…

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Historic Hallowell - Hallowell Ship Captains

Hallowell Ship Captains John Agry, Sea Captain, Hallowell, ca. 1801Item Contributed byHubbard Free Library Captain John Agry was born in 1763.

My Maine Stories

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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


Peter Spanos fled the genocide in Turkey to Maine
by anonymous

Peter Spanos fled the Greek genocide in Smyrna in 1922, coming to Maine to work as a fruit peddler


Vietnam Memoirs
by David Chessey