Inscription. The abundant lumber, steam-powered sawmills and stretches of wide, flat beach, Belfast became a ship building center with shipyards lining the waterfront. In 1793, Robert and James Miller built the schooner Jenny Miller, the first of many ships to be built here. Over the years, more than 600 vessels, known for their size, speed and beauty were launched by Belfast area shipyards, and as many as one-third of the local men were employed as sailors or shipwrights. The largest of the yards was owned by Columbia P. Carter who built over 100 vessels. This photograph, taken in 1908, shows the Fields Pendleton shipyard with a ship under construction and three others possibly waiting for repair.
By James True, May 29, 2012
|1. The Finest and the Fastest Marker|
The very last sailing vessel, the Blanche C. Pendleton, was launched on May 20, 1920.
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 26.)
Location. 44° 25.69′ N, 69° 0.213′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Click for map. Marker is located by the waterfront in Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Albert W. Stevens (a few steps from this marker); The Great Conflagration (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living (about 600 feet away, in a direct line); The Oldest Manufacturer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broiler Capital of the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Circus Comes to Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Five-Masted Beauty (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfast.
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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