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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés

Belfast, Maine

— The Museum in the Streets —

The Finest and the Fastest Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James True, May 29, 2012
1. The Finest and the Fastest Marker
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.

Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 26.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1923.
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25.69′ N, 69° 0.213′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Marker is located by the waterfront in Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Albert W. Stevens / Le Capitaine Albert W. Stevens (a few steps from this marker); The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living / Gagner sa vie (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Circus Comes to Town / Le cirque arrive ! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Five-Masted Beauty / Une beauté à cinq mâts (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 14 times this year. 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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