Flint & Chapman, Bath ME

(later Flint & Co. and Chapman & Co., also know as John McDonald's yard)

Most recent update: April 13, 2016.


Flint & Chapman was started in Damariscotta ME in 1840 by Benjamin Flint Chapman and his brother Isaac Flint Chapman.  They moved the business to Thomaston in 1843 and to Bath in 1868, where they were joined in 1873 by James Flint Chapman.  In Bath, they began building ships for their own shipping company, which was based in Brooklyn, and for W. R. Grace & Co., in which Benjamin's son, Charles, was a partner.  (The Santa Clara built by Flint & Chapman is believed to have been the first of the many Santas operated by Grace Line.)  In 1888, they split the company into two - Chapman & Co. and Flint & Co. - but continued to work as a team.  Because the Chapmans spent most of their time attending to the shipping company, many of the boats they built are credited in the industry references as having been built by John McDonald, who was actually the yard's General Manager.  The yard was located on the south side of Bath, near Marshall Street and adjacent to the Donnell yard, where the Maine Maritime Museum is today.  If anyone has any corrections or additions to the table below, please send them to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built

Disposition

    Alabama Chapman & Flint Bark 280 1840  
    Miltiades Chapman & Flint Bark   1846  
    Marmion Chapman & Flint Bark   1847  
    Catherine Chapman & Flint Bark   1847  
    Ionian Chapman & Flint Ship   1849  
    William Stetson Chapman & Flint Ship   1851  
    Oracle Chapman & Flint Ship   1853 Sold 1861
    Isaac F. Chapman Chapman & Flint Ship   1855  
    St. James Chapman & Flint Ship   1856  
    Frank Flint Chapman & Flint Ship   1857  
    St. Mark Chapman & Flint Ship   1860  
    Oracle Chapman & Flint Ship   1862  
  23578 St. Lucia Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,318 1868  
  23801 St. Nicholas Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,798 1869  
  23891 St. John Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,885 1870  
  5949 C. R. Flint Chapman & Flint 4-masted Schooner 266 1871  
    W. R. Grace Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,893 1873 Wrecked 1889 off Lewes DE
16 92633 St. Steven Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship      
  115300 St. Paul Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,893 1874  
    Leading Wind W. A. Rust Full Rigged Ship 1,208 1874 Later Fjord
  90784 M. P. Grace   Full Rigged Ship 1,928 1875 Foundered 1906 off Shinnecock Light
  71047 J. B. Newcomb Taylor Bros. (Can) 3-masted Bark 811 1875 Later Taurus, sank 1895 in Bay of Biscay
  115437 Santa Clara Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,535 1876 Still active 1915
  115568 St. David Chapman & Flint Full Rigged Ship 1,595 1877 Later a barge, wrecked 1917
  71059 Australia Taylor Bros. (Can) 3-masted Bark 1,008 1878 Later Emma, wrecked 1906 off Mobile AL
  91180 Manuel Llaguno   Full Rigged Ship 1,732 1879 To USN 1917 as Washington (SP-1241), wrecked 1919 in the Ambrose Channel
    L. Schepp Neptune Line Full Rigged Ship   1879  
    E. B. Sutton Neptune Line Full Rigged Ship   1881  
  105984 A. J. Fuller Flint & Co. Full Rigged Ship 1,848 1881 Sank 1918 in Elliott Bay WA
  100316 I. F. Chapman Neptune Line Full Rigged Ship 2,155 1882  
  115835 St. Francis   Full Rigged Ship 1,898 1882  
    S. B. Hitchcock Neptune Line Full Rigged Ship   1883  
  76381 John McDonald   Full Rigged Ship 2,281 1883  
  115949 St. James   Full Rigged Ship 1,578 1883  
  95828 Henry B. Hyde   Full Rigged Ship 2,583 1884 Wrecked 1904 off Cape Henry VA
  106318 A. G. Ropes   Full Rigged Ship 2,342 1884 Lost in storm 1913 off Barnegat NJ
  81094 W. B. Flint Libby, McNeill & Libby Bark 952 1885 Laid up 1923 in Puget Sound, burnt 1935
  106529 Alice McDonald   4-masted Schooner 656 1888  
  14489 Kate S. Flint   4-masted Schooner 584 1889  
  92072 Myra B. Weaver   4-masted Schooner 524 1889 Later Satisfaction
  116354 S. D. Carleton   3-masted Schooner 1,882 1890 Inactive 1914 ?
  116362 St. Katharine Red Salmon Packing Bark 1,201 1890  
  150552 Pactolus Naknak Packing Bark 1,673 1891 Inactive 1927