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War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

Capt. John Griffin Dillingham, Freeport, ca. 1861

Capt. John Griffin Dillingham, Freeport, ca. 1861

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Freeport Historical Society

Freeport was typical of mid nineteenth century coastal Maine towns where fishing, shipbuilding and deepwater sailors, both crew and officers, were dominant.

Among the families sending men to sea were the Dillinghams.

John G. Dillingham (1808-1869) was at sea young enough that by the 1830s he was commanding vessels.