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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals Marker
Inscription.

In the golden years of wooden shipbuilding, Maine-built ships carried American goods worldwide-and Augusta was no exception! Master Williams Jones' shipyard was located here in the 1840s & 1850s. From 1837 to 1856, 37 vessels were built in Augusta, including ships for coastal and blue water trade. Shipbuilding began here in the 1770s & 1780s when the Howards of Fort Western built vessels to transport lumber to Boston. In 1849 the J. A. Thompson was built to carry gold prospectors to California. The largest vessel to come out of Augusta was the 800-ton R. M. Mills, launched in 1854. Under Captain George Perry, the Mills sailed from New York to Belgium, to England, then on to Egypt. On another voyage, the Mills and Perry delivered railroad cars, an engine, and tracks to Burma.

À l'âge d'or de la construction des vaisseaux en bois, les navires construits dans le Maine transportaient des marchandises dans le monde entier - et Augusta ne faisait pas exception ! Le chantier naval de maître William Jones se trouvait ici dans les années 1840 & 1850. De 1837 à 1856, trente sept vaisseaux furent construits à Augusta, y compris des bateaux pour le commerce côtier et maritime. On commenca à construire des bateaux ici dans les années 1770 & 1780 lorsque les Howard de Fort Western

Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals Marker
Looking SE, with US Hwy 202 Bridge over Kennebec River in background
construisirent des navires pour transporter du bois à Boston. En 1849, on construisit le J.A. Thompson pour transporter les chercheurs d'or en Californie. Le plus grand navire sorti d'Augusta fut le R.M. Mills de huit cents tonnes, qui fut mis à la mer en 1854. Sous le commandement du Capitaine George Perry, les Mills naviguèrent de New York en Belgique, puis en Angleterre et enfin en Egypte. Pendant un autre voyage, les Mills et Perry livrèrent des wagons ferroviaires, une locomotive et des rails à la Birmanie.

[Illustration] from Franklin B. Ladd's 1854 panorama of Augusta
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Maine Community Foundation, and Mayor John Bridge (1997-99). (Marker Number 17.)
 
Location. 44° 18.842′ N, 69° 46.43′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Front Street south of Winthrop Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Waterfront Park, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (within shouting distance of this marker); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 (about 300 feet away); Market Square / La place du Marché (about 300 feet away); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (about 400 feet away); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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