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Historical Items

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Item 101265

William Ellery on shipping fees, Newport, Rhode Island, 1789

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1789-08-29 Location: Newport Media: Ink on paper

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Item 9611

Ship's receipt, Antwerp, 1860.

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: 1860-04-03 Location: Antwerp Media: Ink on paper

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Item 18918

Theodore Barrell letter on shipping interests, 1783

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1783 Location: Boston; York Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 86130

Storage, Browns Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Ship Ceiling Use: Storage

Item 36677

91-97 Center Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Robert M Leach Use: Shipping & Finishing

Item 54328

Assessor's Record, 235-311 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Winslow & Company Use: Office - Shipping

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111999

New Union Church, Vinalhaven, 1899

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1899 Location: Vinalhaven Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Item 111574

Arthur S. Bosworth cottage, Cape Elizabeth, 1928

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1911–1951 Location: Cape Elizabeth Client: Arthur Sewall Bosworth Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 111576

House for Capt. John W. Deering, Kennebunkport, 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1890 Location: Kennebunkport Client: John W. Deering Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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Enemies at Sea, Companions in Death

Lt. William Burrows and Commander Samuel Blyth, commanders of the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer, led their ships and crews in Battle in Muscongus Bay on Sept. 5, 1813. The American ship was victorious, but both captains were killed. Portland staged a large and regal joint burial.

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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.

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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.

Site Pages

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Ships

Ships 'Katherine May,' Hampden, 1919 Item 28033 infoHampden Historical Society

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Ships

Ships The schooner Victory, Hampden, ca. 1898 Item 28115 infoHampden Historical Society

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Historic Hallowell - Shipping

Every time they got a new shipping material(another item) the captain would write it all down in his captains log which contains the item, how much…

My Maine Stories

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Saga of a Sub Chaser S.C. 268 along Maine Coast
by DANIEL R CHRISTOPHER

A look back at a Sub Chaser Crew on duty along the Maine coastline near the end of World War I

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII

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The Joys of Kayaking - Pam's Story
by Pam Ferris-Olson

Pam has kayaked in many special places but her fondest memories are being made on Casco Bay

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.

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Longfellow Studies: Longfellow Amongst His Contemporaries - The Ship of State DBQ

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Preparation Required/Preliminary Discussion: Lesson plans should be done in the context of a course of study on American literature and/or history from the Revolution to the Civil War. The ship of state is an ancient metaphor in the western world, especially among seafaring people, but this figure of speech assumed a more widespread and literal significance in the English colonies of the New World. From the middle of the 17th century, after all, until revolution broke out in 1775, the dominant system of governance in the colonies was the Navigation Acts. The primary responsibility of colonial governors, according to both Parliament and the Crown, was the enforcement of the laws of trade, and the governors themselves appointed naval officers to ensure that the various provisions and regulations of the Navigation Acts were executed. England, in other words, governed her American colonies as if they were merchant ships. This metaphorical conception of the colonies as a naval enterprise not only survived the Revolution but also took on a deeper relevance following the construction of the Union. The United States of America had now become the ship of state, launched on July 4th 1776 and dedicated to the radical proposition that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights. This proposition is examined and tested in any number of ways during the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. Novelists and poets, as well as politicians and statesmen, questioned its viability: Whither goes the ship of state? Is there a safe harbor somewhere up ahead or is the vessel doomed to ruin and wreckage? Is she well built and sturdy or is there some essential flaw in her structural frame?

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.