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<i>Wyoming</i> Sculpture and Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2011
Wyoming Sculpture and Marker
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Wyoming SculptureSparred Length (tip of jibboom/bowsprit to stern rail) 426 feet
The white-painted steel structure in front of you is a sculpture representing the bow and stern of the six-mast schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden vessel built in the United States. The sculpture stands where the schooner was built in . . . — Map (db m52033) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Wyoming SculptureSparred Length (tip of jibboom/bowsprit to stern rail) 426 feet
The white-painted steel structure in front of you is a sculpture representing the six-mast schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden vessel built in the United States. The sculpture stands where the schooner was built in 1909, but somewhat closer . . . — Map (db m52038) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — All Gave Some, Some Gave All - Vietnam War
Merwin A. Delano, Jr. • Dennis O. Crocker • Dwight A. Price • James L. Avery • Mark A. Babson, Jr. • Wayne C. Cyr — Map (db m77144) WM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Bath Civil War Memorial
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Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Bath Iron WorksA General Dynamics Company
Known locally as "BIW" or "The Yard," Bath Iron Works has been building ships on the same site since 1890. Over 420 vessels have been built there, including cargo vessels, fishing vessels, yachts, tugs, barges, and naval vessels. Between 1984 and . . . — Map (db m52032) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Bath Street Clock
The Seth Thomas Clock Co. manufactured this timepiece in 1911 and only a few of their two-dial clocks remain. This clock retains its original mechanical operation. In 1915, Fred Cox, owner of Hallet’s Drug Store, purchased the clock and moved it . . . — Map (db m77085) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — City of Bath
This marker has two plaques mounted on the same base Family traditions built this city with blocks of charity. The old city hall’s shortcomings had been obvious for years, but it took bequest of land and money by George Patten . . . — Map (db m77084) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — City of Bath
This marker has two plaques mounted on the same base The home of Kings once stood here. In 1798 William King bought land in the new downtown, just starting on Shaw’s Point, and began to build a home close to the Kennebec River and . . . — Map (db m77089) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Constable William Lawrence
In memory of Constable William Lawrence "Uncle Billy" Jan. 2, 1814 - Sept. 3, 1883 Shot and killed by a burglar while on patrol at the site on the night of September 3, 1883. — Map (db m77087) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Deckhouse from steamer Winapie ca.1909
In 1920, the Percy & Small shipyard did its last significant ship work. The steamer Winapie, built in New Hampshire during World War One, visited for conversion into a tank barge. The shipyard removed this three-compartment deckhouse, . . . — Map (db m52056) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Kennebec River
This major waterway, although in places still undeveloped, remains an important artery for water traffic. The river flows 164 miles from its source at Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, 12 miles south of here at Popham. Kennebec is a Wabanaki . . . — Map (db m52051) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Launch day!
Launching featured tradtion, ritual, spectators, and celebration. But it also brought technical challenge and danger to workers and vessel alike. In preparation, a launching crew built a pair of sliding (or launching) ways beneath the . . . — Map (db m52059) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Mill & Joiner Shop (1899)
This sturdy industrial building housed a sawmill for cutting and shaping ship timbers and planks, and a joiner shop for the finer woodworking that went into vessels' cabins, deckhouses, railings, and interiors. In 1909, the shed addition on . . . — Map (db m52084) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Shipyard Owner's HomeThe William T. Donnell House — (1840s, 1892)
William T. Donnell married Henry P. Hitchcock's daughter Clara in 1860, and bought this house and shipyard from Clara's mother in 1869. The proximity of residence to workplace was unusual. From this house, W. T. Donnell overlooked his shipyard, . . . — Map (db m52082) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Site of the Blacksmith Shop (1897, 1913)
The blacksmith shop was the first building constructed by Percy & Small after they purchased the old Blaisdell shipyard site from William Donnell in 1896. It was furnished with forges, bellows, and anvils for fabricating large quantities of . . . — Map (db m52095) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Site of the North Ways (1901)
Two building slips, or ways, were important features of the shipyard. The North Ways were prepared as a second building slip, on land purchased in a 1901 expansion. They measured at least 350' long by 50' wide - the largest wooden shipbuilding . . . — Map (db m52053) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Site of the South Ways (ca. 1867)
A good shipbuilding site has a natural 4° to 12° slope down to deep water. Using this grade, building slips (ways) were constructed on cleared and graded areas. These were wooden foundations to accommodate the hull under construction and the . . . — Map (db m52036) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — The Caulkers' Shed (1899)
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 . . . — Map (db m52031) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — The Fitting-Out Pier (1906)
At the fitting-out pier new vessels received their equipment and finishing work. This pier had a ramp built into its southern side, to land the large timbers and spars that were floated down the river from the railroad yards. The original 1898 . . . — Map (db m52048) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — The Mould Loft (1917)
Design is the first step in shipbuilding, and it took place in a mould loft. Skilled modelers shaped the schooner's hull in miniature by carving a half-model. They scaled the model's lines full-size on the loft floor, then transferred these lines . . . — Map (db m51988) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — The Pitch Oven (1902)
Caulkers used huge quantities of pitch to pay (or seal) the vessels' deck seams. In the kettles set into this freestanding brick oven, they melted crystallized pine resin over scrap-wood fires, which they carried in buckets to the decks of the . . . — Map (db m52007) HM
Maine (Sagadahoc County), Bath — Transformer House (1909)
The Percy & Small shipyard was electrified from its establishment in 1896. In 1909, the Sagadahoc Power & Light Company began delivering higher-voltage power to the shipyard on a separate industrial line. The transformer stepped down the voltage . . . — Map (db m52083) HM

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