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Page 24. MAINE COASTAL NEWS January 2013 Maritime History HISTORY FROM THE PAST - Bangor Daily Commercial - 1890s


The 240-foot keel for a large fi ve-master, to be built for Capt. J. A. Potter, of New York, will be laid on the adjoining ways before this one is launched. The four-masted schooner is being built for Capt. Clarence Birdsall, of Tom’s River, New Jersey, and will probably be launched about the fi rst of June. A four-master, of 210-foot keel, will be commanded as soon as the schooner for Capt. Birdsall is launched, the same being built for Capt. Bailey, of ANAQUAM. Capt. Bean has had some talk with parties about building a six-masted schooner, and such a craft is among the possibilities of the near future. An illustration of such a vessel will be found elsewhere in this issue. In Belfast, where shipbuilding has been quiet for an extended period. Carter & Com- pany have contracted to build a three-masted schooner of about 700 tons for Pendleton Bros. of Islesboro, and work is about to commence on the new craft. Bangor District.


Shipbuilding in this district has for some time been largely confi ned to the construction of small steamers and vessel re- pairing. During 1898, the steamer MARJO- RIE, of 20 tons, was built in Brewer by Benj. R. Arey & Son, and Henry Parker, also of Brewer, constructed the sloop HOPEFUL, of about 6 tons. The steamer CIMBRIA, of the Bangor & Bar Harbor line, has had an ex- tensive overhauling since she was wrecked at Bass Harbor last fall. She has been quite thoroughly rebuilt and is now registered at 191 tons net, which is considerably greater than before.


The CREEDMORE, a small fi shing


steamer, has been materially altered during the winter and is now seven tons net. Capt.


Arey’s little steamer, ANNABELLE, has also been changed considerably and is nine tons net. Work on the CIMBRIA is progress- ing rapidly and she will be practically a new boat when she goes on the route in May. Castine District.


Advices from the Castine custom offi - cials are to the effect that no new craft were built in that district during 1898. A new fi shing craft, from seven to 12 tons, were brought into this district and received their fi rst documents. A number of small craft, say from eight to ten tons, are being built at Swans Island to be launched this spring. They will probably be employed in shore fi shing.


Ellsworth District.


There have been no new vessels built in this district during the past year. One vessel, formerly the British wreck, J. D. PAYSON, has been brought into the district and rebuilt under the name of the schooner RENA, with a net tonnage of 37 tons. The schooner MOLL PITCHER, 15 tons net, is now being rebuilt and will have her tonnage increased a little.


Machias District.


During 1898 no new vessels were launched in the Machias district. The schoo- ner ALMA was rebuilt at Milbridge, and changed from a two-masted craft to one of three masts. Two vessels are at present on the stocks in Milbridge, being constructed by the Sawyer Bros. The enterprising fi rm of Sawyer Bros. comprises Messrs. Warren, Elmer E. and Alonzo Sawyer, and they are successors to J. W. Sawyer & Sons. The two vessels on the stocks are to be three masted and four masted respectively. The former is 140 feet keel, 35 feet width, 12 feet depth


of hold, single deck and four feet waist. The four-master has a length of keel of 190 feet, 41 feet width and 17 ½ feet depth, double deck and four feet waist. The former is expected to be ready for sea in September and the latter in October. There is no other shipbuilding of importance in Maine, east of the Penobscot.


In the Maritime Provinces. Our St. John, N. B., correspondent writes: “Shipbuilding, which at one time was quite extensive in St. John and vicinity went out with the introduction of iron vessels, although a few small wooden schooners and smaller craft are being built at St. John and Black River, N. B.”


Halifax, N. S., advices are that the vessel registered at that port during 1898 include the following new vessels; S. S. PETREL, 4 tons, built at Halifax; schooner B. & B. HOLLAND, 26 tons, Duncan’s cove; schooner MARY MAY 23, Port Felix; schooner WILLIAM R., 43, Sheet


Harbor; schooner HILDA B., 32, Bay St. George, Newfoundland; schooner ALMA H., 32, Ship Harbor; schooner EGANDA, 14, Ship Harbor; schooner MARGARET J., 57, Senora; schooner AMERICA, 57, Shelbourne; sloop BOOJUM, 2, Dartmouth; sloop DIONE, 6, Dartmouth; sloop IRIS, 5, Port Hawkesbury; cutter NOMAD, 5, Dartmouth.


Below is a summary of the vessels registered during the year in the Province of Nova Scotia, but it should be understood that all of this is not new construction. Arichat, one vessel, 17 tons; Barrington,


two, 92; Digby, fi ve, 111; Guysboro, eleven, 369; Halifax, eighteen, 107; Liverpool, fi ve, 632; Lunenburg, 13, 1069; Maitland, one, 96; Picton, two, 1196; Parsboro, nine, 1388; Port Hawkesbury, two; 174; Port Midway, one, 233; Selbourne, fi ve, 198; Sydney, ten, 281; Weymouth, three, 332; Windsor, four, 1333; Yarmouth, eleven, 330.


This is the fi ve-master DOROTHY PALMER being launched at Waldoboro in 1903. Work is Progressing on Tug SATURN


The H-bitt on the stern in the process of being chipped and ground.


One of the forward double bitts chipped, ground and painted.


generations to enjoy. For more information: (207) 223-8846 or to join the Friends of SATURN, send a check for $25 or more to P.O. Box 710, Winterport, ME 04496. Recent photographs showing SATURN'S progression this summer.


SATURN is an 117-foot railroad tug built as the BERN for the Reading Railroad in 1907. She is one of the last railroad tugs and is being saved for future


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