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Bath in Sagadahoc County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Caulkers’ Shed (1899)

 
 
The Caulkers' Shed (1899) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2011
1. The Caulkers' Shed (1899) Marker
Inscription.
This workshop was built in 1899 for Charles Oliver and his caulking gang. Here they stored their tools and some of the miles of oakum and cotton yard needed to make vessels' seams watertight. From the steps, Mr. Oliver could keep an eagle eye on his crew at work on a vessel on the ways.

[Background photo caption reads]
In this view of the 1908 launch of the 6-masted schooner Edward B. Winslow, the Caulkers' Shed is prominent at the right.

 
Erected by Maine Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 43° 53.65′ N, 69° 48.911′ W. Marker is in Bath, Maine, in Sagadahoc County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street. Marker is in this post office area: Bath ME 04530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bath Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pitch Oven (1902) (within shouting distance of this marker); Wyoming Sculpture (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the South Ways (ca. 1867) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mould Loft (1917)
The Caulkers' Shed (1899) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2011
2. The Caulkers' Shed (1899) and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Fitting-Out Pier (1906) (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wyoming Sculpture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kennebec River (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
 
More about this marker. The Maine Maritime Museum is on the grounds of the former Percy & Small Shipyard, which was the last remaining intact wooden sailing vessel shipyard in the United States.
 
Also see . . .
1. Maine Maritime Museum. (Submitted on January 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. How To Caulk With Oakum. (Submitted on January 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Maine Maritime Museum Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Maine Maritime Museum Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on January 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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