Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter

Peter Ward, Ship Carpenter (HMVEM)

Location: Searsport, ME 04974 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 27.505', W 68° 55.534'

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Living and Working in a Neighborhood of Artisans

— The Museum in the Streets —

For the better part of the 19th Century Searsport shores were busy with shipbuilding and supporting industries. Close to the yards were steam sheds for bending timbers and planking, blacksmith shops, oakum shops, an iron foundry and a sail loft. The vessels were Searsport built and owned, often with the captain, the builder and local citizens owning shares. Peter Ward arrived in Searsport from Ireland in 1850 and found work as a ship carpenter in the Carver Shipyard. He built the house at 7 Leach Street and made much of the furniture in it, showing his skill as a fine cabinet maker. Some of his tools can be seen at the Penobscot Marine Museum. The diagram shows the cluster of houses, shops, and industries and two views of vessel construction, which supported shipping and provided the underpinning of the economy of Searsport.
Marker Number7
Year Placed2009
Placed ByHistoric Preservation Committee, the Town of Searsport and the Searsport Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:51pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 505921 N 4922792
Decimal Degrees44.45841667, -68.92556667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 27.505', W 68° 55.534'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 27' 30.30" N, 68° 55' 32.04" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31-33 E Main St, Searsport ME 04974, US
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