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

Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter

Living and Working in a Neighborhood of Artisans

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
1. Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter Marker
Inscription. For the better part of the 19th Century Searsport shores were busy with shipbuilding and supporting industries. Close to the yards were steam sheds for bending timbers and planking, blacksmith shops, oakum shops, an iron foundry and a sail loft. The vessels were Searsport built and owned, often with the captain, the builder and local citizens owning shares. Peter Ward arrived in Searsport from Ireland in 1850 and found work as a ship carpenter in the Carver Shipyard. He built the house at 7 Leach Street and made much of the furniture in it, showing his skill as a fine cabinet maker. Some of his tools can be seen at the Penobscot Marine Museum. The diagram shows the cluster of houses, shops, and industries and two views of vessel construction, which supported shipping and provided the underpinning of the economy of Searsport.
 
Erected 2009 by Historic Preservation Committee, the Town of Searsport and the Searsport Community. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Location. 44° 27.505′ N, 68° 55.534′ W. Marker is in Searsport, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Rt. US-1) and Leach Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street (Rt. US-1). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Searsport ME 04974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
2. Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Banking (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street, 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker); Raising the Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Tree Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Soldiers' Monument (about 400 feet away); Searsport House (about 400 feet away); Union Hall (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Searsport.
 
More about this marker. Marker #7 (of 17) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
7 Leach Street image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 25, 2011
3. 7 Leach Street
Peter Ward's house at 7 Leach Street as it is today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2011, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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