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History

Maine’s oldest known ship “photo”

An 1849 daguerreotype of the ship Tempest.

The Strange Tale of Outer Baldonia

Avid sport fisherman Russell Arundel turned a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia into its own nation. What began as a lark ended up making headlines.

A Broadway Producer and the Boothbay 33

The story behind the Boothbay 33 and its Broadway theater connections.

Bohndell Sails

A new generation keeps a sailmaking business in the family and moving forward.

Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze

As Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs, the author’s grandfather admired the watercraft of the country he called home.

How Herman Melville Still Shapes the Gulf of Maine

Two centuries after his birth, Herman Melville’s writing about the ocean still resonates.

Back When Fat Was Fabulous

Back in the days of sail, fat was a valuable commodity.

Preserved In Stone

During Maine’s great age of sail, several prominent mariners were immortalized in larger-than-life stone sculptures. Today these impressive monuments are poignant reminders of people who helped to shape the state’s maritime economy.

Risky Business

Castine's square-rigged ships and salted fish

An Island Boatyard

An island boatyard, begun in 1920, still thrives in Penobscot Bay

Boat Launches Back in the Day

The 1903 launch of the four-masted schooner Pendleton Brothers.

Richmond Island’s Pot of Gold

The story behind a pot of gold and silver coins found years ago on Richmond Island is a fascinating tale of early Maine.

Built in Maine

The 30-Ton Pinnace named Virginia was built in Maine in the 1600s, and its reproduction is being built now.

The Ruggles House of Columbia Falls

Restoration of a circa-1818 Federal-style mansion built for Thomas Ruggles.

Riding Out the Hurricane of 1938 in a Maine-Built Boat

The Hurricane of 1938 wreaked havoc in New England 80 years ago this fall. The Frost family of boatbuilders were right in the thick of it.