Keywords: War Ships
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Contributed by: Jesup Memorial Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Postcard
Camouflaged ships, Casco Bay, 1918
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918 Media: Watercolor on paper
R.M.S "Scythia" travel log card, September, 1927
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1927-09-08 Location: Boston; La Havre Media: Print on paper
Online ExhibitsView All Showing 2 of 78
Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.
In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day, a time to honor American veterans of all wars. The holiday originated, however, as a way to memorialize the end of World War I, November 11, 1918, and to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations." Mainers were involved in World War I as soldiers, nurses, and workers on the homefront aiding the military effort.
World War I and the Maine Experience
With a long history of patriotism and service, Maine experienced the war in a truly distinct way. Its individual experiences tell the story of not only what it means to be an American, but what it means to be from Maine during the war to end all wars.
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Highlighting Historical Hampden - War of 1812
Both American ships burned in the Penobscot at Hampden, either set afire by their own crews or by the British.
Historic Hallowell - Hallowell Ship Captains
Hallowell Ship Captains John Agry, Sea Captain, Hallowell, ca. 1801Hubbard Free Library Captain John Agry was born in 1763.
John Martin: Expert Observer - Soldier transport ships, Bangor, 1865
Soldier transport ships, Bangor, 1865 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904)…
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 2 of 18
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.
A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin
As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down
My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne
Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima
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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.
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?