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handling timber easily and expeditiously. About 300 men are employed at the present and this number is liable to be increased as the season advances. The windows of the spacious and well-appointed offi ce com- mand a view of every part of the yard. The fi rm has built some as fi ne wooden vessels as there are afl oat. We fi nd that the parties for whom the above named vessels were built represent New York City. New Bedford, Taunton, Fall River, Boston and many other cities in Massachusetts, Jersey City, N. J., Nuevitas, Cuba, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Portland, Gardiner, and Yarmouth, Maine, and many other cities in the United States. The reputa- tion of this fi rm for fi rst class work is excel- lent the world over, and the straightforward, fair and just business methods pursued by them renders the name of Kelley, Spear & Co., a guarantee for the faithful performance of all contracts. The members composing the fi rm are individually very genial, pleasant gentlemen, whom it is a pleasure to meet, and they are a credit to the Shipbuilding City. NATHANIEL T. PALMER. The monster schooner, NATHANIEL

T. PALMER, the fi rst fi ve-masted schooner built at Bath, bears the name of her builder and was launched December 29th

, 1898.

The illustration in this issue shows the big craft just as she is gilding into the water. The offi cial measurements are: Length, 285.1; breadth, 44.4; depth 22.2; gross tonnage, 2440; net tonnage, 2,244.58. The vessel is the sixth built by Mr. Palmer bear- ing the name of his family. They are the AUGUSTUS, MARY E., FRANK A. and WILLIAM. The latest addition to the num- ber spreads over 10,000 yards of canvas. Her commander is Capt. J. C. Harding, of Chatham, Massachusetts. Wiscasset District.

In the district of Wiscasset but one documented vessel was built during 1898. This was the schooner CHEROKEE, with a net tonnage of 11.70, and was built at East Boothbay, by W. I. Adams. Messrs. Rice Bros., of East Boothbay, built several yachts from 30 to 60 feet in length, but not admea- sured. There is a prospect of some building during the present year in this district. Waldoboro District.

A large fl eet of small sloops, ranging from 5 to 12 tons, were built during the past

year and also the steamer LUCRETIA, of 21 tons, by A. & M. Gamage, of Bristol, while two fi ne schooners were launched in Thom- aston, one each by Dunn & Elliott and the Washburn Bros. The C. S. GLIDDEN was built by the former fi rm and measured 187 feet length, 42 feet beam and 19 feet depth, with a tonnage of 1098 tons. They have already contracted to build one four-masted schooner this year while it is probable they will build still another. The JOHN C. HAYNES, built by Wash-

burn Bros., at Thomaston, is a four-masted schooner of 1,197 tons, and a fi ne likeness of her will be found in this issue. The JOHN C. HAYNES was launched early in Decem- ber, and is of the following measurements: Length, 213 feet; width, 40 feet; depth, 19 feet. The JOHN C. HAYNES has a coal carrying capacity of 2,000 tons, and is commanded by Capt. Hamilton, of Rock- land. The Washburn Bros., commenced shipbuilding in 1886, and since that time have constructed 16 vessels. They expect to build two four-masted schooners during the present season.

Belfast District.

There was no vessel launched in the Belfast district during 1898 but the mon- ster schooner JOHN B. PRESCOTT, built at Camden, by Capt. H. M. Bean, left the stocks January 12th



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is one of Maine’s most notable vessels, being a fi ve-masted schooner, the largest vessel of that rig afl oat, exceeding by fi ve tons the tonnage of Bath’s big fi ve-master, NATHANIEL T. PALMER. Elsewhere in this issue will be found two cuts of the JOHN B. PRESCOTT, one of these showing the craft prior to launching, and the other when she is in full sail on the highway of the seas. For the former of these we are indebted to the courtesy of the Camden Herald. The PRESCOTT has a length of keel of 282 feet, a depth of 22 feet and a width of 44 feet. The fi ve masts are of Oregon pine, 112 ½ feet in length. The frame is of white oak and was cut in Virginia. The PRESCOTT was built for Capt. John G. Crowley, of Taunton, Massachusetts, who is now in com- mand of her. Capt. Bean is one of Maine’s veteran shipbuilders, and he has already constructed 61 vessels. Capt. Bean’s yard is this season to be a busy place and work is now well along on a four-masted schooner.

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