Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Five-Masted Beauty / Une beauté à cinq mâts
— The Museum in the Streets —
A brief shipbuilding boom following WWI put the shipyard owned by the Mathews Brothers woodworking mill back in business. The building of the Jennie Flood Kreger, Belfast's largest and only five-masted ship, was overseen by company president Orlando Frost. Frost's eleven-year-old daughter, Katherine, recorded in her diary the events leading up to the festivities of launch day. On Wednesday March 5, 1919 with a large crowd in attendance, Katherine wrote, "All of a sudden we heard a man shout to some of the people getting off the vessel, 'Get off that plank, get off that plank! She's going! She's going!' Sure enough, there was a grinding, creaking noise and we were moving, actually moving!" Shown in this photograph is the steamboat Golden Rod ferrying guests to and from the ship.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 29.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & VesselsThe Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1956.
Location. 44° 25.574′ N, 69° 0.063′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. The Marker is by the waterfront in the park below Front Street, northwest of Commercial Street. 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. Regal Passenger Steamer / Un paquebot à vapeur majestueux (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On this site (about 400 feet away); The Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (about 400 feet away); Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti (about 400 feet away); The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Albert W. Stevens / Le Capitaine Albert W. Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #29 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
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 480 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Transcription of the French text. • Can you help?