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The Faces That Launched a Thousand Ships

July 3, 2014 — Dec. 15, 2014

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On view at Portland Public Library

We do love a launching.

A ship-launching is the supreme maritime amusement, a joyful, thrilling rite that builds to a moment of drama unparalleled in any theater. It is a rite repeated tens of thousand times since ships were built, joining us with historical legions of spectacle seekers, while channeling our best wishes for the future career of a brand-new untested vessel. We all feel good at a launching.

View the emotions, fashions, and personalities of participants and on-lookers at some Maine coast launchings of the last century or so. 

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Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington Street
Bath, Maine 04530