Revenue gunboat "Mahoning," Bangor, 1864

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Revenue gunboat "Mahoning," Bangor, 1864

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John Martin (1823-1904), a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, drew the revenue gunboat Mahoning as it appeared on August 14, 1864 in Bangor.

Martin included the illustration on page 49 of a "Scrap and Sketch Book" he began writing in 1864. He wrote that it was the first gunboat in the Penobscot River. He said it brought a group of Congressmen on an excursion to Bangor and the Maine coast.

Martin described the boat and its guns. He wrote, "I took my son Junior & crossed to Brewer & sketched her from the Brick Wharf oposite Steam Boat wharf. I then went on board & examined her machinery guns & work generally which was all plain and of the very best material and painted & varnished and clean as a penny."

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  • Title: Revenue gunboat "Mahoning," Bangor, 1864
  • Creator: Martin, John
  • Creation Date: 1864
  • Subject Date: 1864-08-14
  • Town: Bangor
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink and watercolor on paper
  • Dimensions: 10.5 cm x 21 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.1
  • Object Type: Image

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