Contributed by Hampden Historical Society
In 1919 the four-master Katherine May became the last sailing ship built on the Penobscot at East Hampden. Steamboats were slowly replacing schooners on the river at the end of the 1800s.
No schooners had been built in Hampden since 1872, but so many ships were put into service for World War I that there was a shortage of working ships. A group of rivermen from Bangor and Brewer formed the Bangor Shipbuilding Company in April 1918. That company built the Katherine May to help relieve the shortage.
Louis Dort, a descendant of Frank Hardy, the Katherine May's first captain, reports that during construction automobiles had to drive under the bow sprit as they passed the shipyard in East Hamdpen.
About This Item
- Title: 'Katherine May,' Hampden, 1919
- Creator: Unknown
- Creation Date: circa 1919
- Subject Date: circa 1919
- Town: Hampden
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Local Code: Ships Katherine May
- Object Type: Image
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PO Box 456, Hampden, ME 04444
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