Site of the South Ways (ca. 1867)

Site of the South Ways (ca. 1867) (HMZ4A)

Location: Bath, ME 04530 Sagadahoc County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 53.673', W 69° 48.942'

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A good shipbuilding site has a natural 4? to 12? slope down to deep water.

Using this grade, building slips (ways) were constructed on cleared and graded areas. These were wooden foundations to accommodate the hull under construction and the launching ways.

From 1867 to 1880, the Daniel O. Blaisdell shipyard built 15 vessels on the South Ways. Percy & Small followed with another 22 vessels between 1897 and 1920.

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The Evelyn W. Hinkly takes shape on the South Ways, at right, while the 6-master Ruth E. Merrill slides into the Kennebec from the North Ways, at left, in 1904.
HM NumberHMZ4A
Placed ByMaine Maritime Museum
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 9:23am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 434486 N 4860484
Decimal Degrees43.89455000, -69.81570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 53.673', W 69° 48.942'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 53' 40.38" N, 69° 48' 56.52" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 251 Washington St, Bath ME 04530, US
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