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Maine’s First Ship

Maine’s First Ship
Maine’s First Ship
Learn about the birth of North American shipbuilding. Watch us reconstruct the 1607 Popham Colony vessel Virginia. Visitors are invited to the Bath Freight Shed to observe volunteer shipwrights build Virginia, our future museum and classroom, or watch students engaged in annual summer shipbuilding courses that teach traditional woodworking skills. On the waterfront at 27 Commercial Street.

Our purpose is to memorialize the efforts of those who built “Virginia”, the first English ship built in North America to cross the Atlantic. Virginia was constructed by the Popham Colonists at Fort St. George, in 1607-8, thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Popham Colony, the first English settlement north of Jamestown, was located near the mouth of the Kennebec River. Maine’s First Ship will build and operate a 51’ reconstruction of the pinnace Virginia to promote an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s shipbuilding heritage and general history of this area and its peoples. We will offer a range of educational programs, centered on historic ship design, construction, operation, and maintenance skills designed to promote interest and participation in our local history and community. We will engage students of all ages in the “hands on history” reconstruction and operation of Virginia on the rivers and coast of Maine.

http://mfship.org
207 443-4242
Kimberly Madden
PO Box 231
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street
Bath
Maine
04530
VOLUNTEER SHIPWRIGHT HOURS: Year round: Saturdays and Wednesdays 9AM-3PM VISITOR CENTER HOURS: Spring: Memorial Day to July 4, Friday – Sunday 11AM-3PM Summer: July 4 to Labor Day, Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-3PM and Sunday 11AM-3PM Fall: Labor Day to Columbus Day weekend, Friday – Sunday 11AM-3PM
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