Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding

Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding

Nathan Lipfert


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From the moment colonists at Popham launched the first ship constructed in the New World in 1608, Maine has been a shipbuilding powerhouse. Celebrating the bicentennial of Maine, historian Nathan Lipfert, in cooperation with the Maine Maritime Museum explores the rich history of Maine shipbuilding. Though concentrating primarily on shipbuilding activity in the two centuries since statehood, the book begins with pre-1820 activity, including native canoe-making (the oldest known birchbark canoe is in a Maine museum) and colonial-period shipbuilding. Covering the entire coast, this rich visual history focuses on the industry and the vessels produced, highlighting Maine’s national and international importance in shipbuilding over the past two centuries, and its continuing relevance to national security, the fisheries, yachting and harbor craft.


Nathan Lipfert:

Nathan Lipfert is curator emeritus of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine. A nautical and maritime historian, he has written extensively on the subject. He lives in Woolwich, Maine.

Co-published with the Maine Marittime Museum