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Keywords: Masts

Historical Items

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Item 25391

Agreement for masts, bowsprits and yards, 1769

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1769 Location: Falmouth; Windham; Portsmouth Media: Ink on paper

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Item 8862

Five-mast steel schooner KINEO under sail

Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum Date: circa 1910 Media: Photographic print

Item 8873

Six-mast schooner GEORGE W. WELLS, Camden, 1900

Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum Date: 1900 Location: Camden Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 98958

1929-2013 Forest Avenuea, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Riverton Realty Company Use: Amusement


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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.


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.


Bookplates Honor Annie Louise Cary

A summer resident of Wayne collected more than 3,000 bookplates to honor Maine native and noted opera singer Annie Louise Cary and to support the Cary Memorial Library.

Site Pages

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Tate House Museum

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Shipbuilding

She was an 88 ton, 67 foot two-masted topsail schooner in regular service between the Saco and Boston.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Maine Granite Industry-Hall Quarry

To get an idea of how big some of the masts were, the leach of the sail was 90 feet long 48 feet its head 30 feet and the hoist 62 feet.

My Maine Stories

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A Note from a Maine-American
by William Dow Turner

With 7 generations before statehood, and 5 generations since, Maine DNA carries on.


The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.