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A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners

The Percy & Small Shipyard at Maine Maritime Museum is America’s only surviving shipyard site where large wooden sailing vessels were built.

Maine Maritime Museum includes a unique historic site. Percy & Small is the only intact shipyard in the country which built large wooden sailing vessels, and the giant schooners it built include the six-master Wyoming, the largest wooden vessel built in the country. This exhibit starts in the Museum’s Maritime History Building and proceeds out to four buildings of the shipyard and its wharves, building slips, and assorted other structures. Exhibits in the mold loft, oakum shed, paint & treenail shop, and mill & joiner shop use hundreds of objects to explain the process of wooden shipbuilding in the 1894-1920 period, and to tell the history of the shipyard and the huge four-, five-, and six-mast schooners built there.

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