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Category: Economics, Industry, Shipbuilding

Historical Items

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Item 78793

Monson Maine Slate Company, ca.1900

Contributed by: Monson Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Monson Media: Photographic print

Item 101155

Boat under construction at Norcross Wharf, North Twin Lake, 1902

Contributed by: Norcross Heritage Trust Date: circa 1902 Location: Indian Purchase Township No. 3 Media: Photographic print

Item 6292

James Clarence Hamlen, Jr., 1889

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1889 Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Exhibit

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.

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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.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Surry by the Bay - Early Settlement

Early Settlement Copy of Surry and Ellsworth map, ca. 1880Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society Border Dispute Originally, Surry…

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Today

Surry Today Home to about 1,300 residents, Surry today is a vibrant town boasting an active, creative, and diverse citizenry, many of whom are…

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Surry by the Bay - Welcome

Welcome Come to SurryItem Contributed bySurry Historical Society Welcome to the Hancock County coastal community of Surry.

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.