“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

The Finest and the Fastest


— The Museum in the Streets —

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

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.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1923.
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44° 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 (a few steps from this marker); The Great Conflagration (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living (about 600 feet away, measured 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 359 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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