Maine Maritime Museum

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Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04350

Latitude/Longitude: 43.8942754, -69.8170578

Web site: click here

Phone: (207) 443-1316

Pricing: $$


Ranked among the top maritime museums in the world, the Maine Maritime Museum is a  top tourist destination on the Maine coast.

Bath, Maine — the “City of Ships” — has been a center of shipbuilding for three centuries, going back to colonial days. The museum is located on the banks of the Kennebec River, on the only intact wooden shipyard site in the United States — the Percy and Small Shipyard. Several of the original buildings serve as reminders of the steps in building the wooden ships in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  There is an impressive sculpture on the grounds that outlines the actual size of what was the largest wooden ship ever built,  the monstrous schooner Wyoming, launched from Bath.

The main museum building is a treasure trove of exhibits and information on ships, ship building, and New England’s maritime history. Also on the river-front site is the fascinating museum of lobstering — a gift of L.L. Bean — which shows evolution of lobster boats, traps, and changes in the fishery. The museum conducts a number of boat tours leaving from the its dock, from short hour-long trips along the Kennebec River to half-day excursions to lighthouses on the sea.

From the Author: Aside from the great exhibits, the Maine Maritime Museum is a great place for those interested in taking boat trips along the Kennebec and beyond. There are trips up and down the Kennebec, around Georgetown and Arrosic Islands, to lighthouses on Southport Island. For the adventurous, you can take a boat trip to Seguin Island Light, at the mouth of the Kennebec, but with no dock on the island, you need to transfer to a dingy -- exciting when the seas are agitated.

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