Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Friday, September 09, 2011

Maine Maritime Museum



















The Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath, Maine on the site of Percy and Smith shipyard. This ship yard completed the largest wooden sailing vessel, the Wyoming, ever built in 1909. An artistic sculpture marks the site where the Wyoming was completed. The museum has several buildings from that ship yard and displays covering the maritime history of Maine.

Just down the road is the active shipyard, Bath Iron Works, which had completed many military and commercial vessels over its decades of operation. Currently, they are focused on building destroyers for the U S Navy. You can take a tour of the Bath Iron Works from the museum but understandably no pictures are allowed. Since I have spent a great deal of my life in shipyards around the world, we decided to give this a pass.

The museum itself was well laid out with displays on all facets of the maritime industry in Maine. You can even sign up to work on a wood boat project in the boathouse. During our visit there were several new wooden kayaks being completed by expectant owners.

A Nova Scotia built cod fishing boat designed for the Grand Banks was laying at the dock for tours. The tour and explanation by the volunteer staff gave a real insight in the fishing operation and life onboard.

For those interested in things nautical, it is a must see.

9 comments:

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I'm with ya' on passing on a shipyard visit!

Karen and Al said...

That looks like an interesting place to visit.

Judy and Emma said...

I like that header pic!

Gypsy said...

Your recent posts really have me wanting to go back to Maine for a visit.

Jim and Sandie said...

Great header pic. Sure makes me want to visit Maine someday.

JerryC said...

Great pic's as usual. Looks like I need to get up that way soon.

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Another great recap! Pictures are great as always! You should work for the tourists center in Maine. You will bring the people there just by them reading your blog! Enjoy the ride.

Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

Have never been to Maine, but now I want to go...thanks for sharing!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Looks interesting thanks for the tour.