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Historical Items

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Item 102855

Interior view of Cumberland Shipbuilding Company, South Portland, ca. 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1917 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 102843

Future location of the Cumberland Shipyard, South Portland, 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1917-06-01 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 102859

Construction of the S.S. "Cumberland," South Portland, 1918

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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South Portland's Wartime Shipbuilding

Two shipyards in South Portland, built quickly in 1941 to construct cargo ships for the British and Americans, produced nearly 270 ships in two and a half years. Many of those vessels bore the names of notable Mainers.

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A Tale of Two Sailmakers

Camden has been home to generations of fishermen, shipbuilders, sailmakers, and others who make their living through the sea. The lives of two Camden sailmakers, who were born nearly a century apart, became entwined at a small house on Limerock Street.

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Launch of the 'Doris Hamlin'

The Doris Hamlin, a four-masted schooner built at the Frye-Flynn Shipyard in Harrington, was one of the last vessels launched there, marking the decline of a once vigorous shipbuilding industry in Washington County.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding Jordan Gardner, Nick Hanley & Grant Bowen Shipbuilding Hewing Axe, Shipyard. Hallowell, ca. 1850'sCourtesy of Sumner A.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Shipbuilding in Biddeford: Lore, Leaders, and Legacy

Shipbuilding in Biddeford: Lore, Leaders, and Legacy 3-masted schooner towed by tug boat in Saco River, ca.

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Historic Hallowell - Shipbuilders, Sailors and Whaling Men

Shipbuilders, Sailors and Whaling Men The Drews and the Pierces Among the first settlers to arrive in what is now Hallowell were shipbuilders from…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein

How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.