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Historical Items

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Item 11985

James Irish Letter to Samuel Cook, June 12, 1826

Contributed by: Cary Library Date: 1826 Location: Houlton; Houlton; Fredericton Media: ink on paper

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Item 177

Observatory timber contract, Portland, 1807

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1807-04-08 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16805

Pickaroon

Contributed by: Davistown Museum Media: Forged iron and natural steel

Exhibits

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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.

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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.

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Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Shipbuilding

… ship's knee above (a bracket to strengthen deck timbers) is of particular interest because it was found near the site of the City Wharf Shipyard…

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Historic Hallowell - The Cyclone of 1895

Timbers, bricks, gravel, and tarred paper began to fly around his head as Brown ran to the other end of the mill.

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Historic Hallowell - The Cyclone of 1895

Timbers, bricks, gravel, and tarred paper began to fly around his head as Brown ran to the other end of the mill.