Other Pre-WWI Shipbuilders in Maine

Most recent update: May 3, 2016.


In the years between the Civil War and World War I, Maine was a major center of the shipbuilding industry, producing hundreds of cargo ships.  Some had wooden hulls, others were of iron.  Some were fully rigged ships, schooners and schooner barges, others were steam ships and some were both.  Some were designed for coastal trade, others for international trade.  The table below lists the output of the smaller yards: all the big yards should have their own tables.   If anyone has any corrections or additions, please send them to timcolton@aol.com

Shipbuilder Location Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Delivery Disposition
ADAMS SHIPBUILDING CO.
The Adams family first built ships in Boothbay in the 1810s but Adams Shipbuilding was started by W. I. Adams in 1861.
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   200427 Eleanor F. Bartram   Schooner 1,114 1903 Lost in the Atlantic 1926
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   214632 Elizabeth Howard   Schooner 142 1916  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   215304 Ajax   Steamer 118 1917  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   215808 Louise Howard   Schooner 173 1917  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   217065 Priscilla Alden   Schooner 404 1918  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   218125 Nathaniel P. Doane Doane Towing Tug 96 1919  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   217947 Clara H. Doane Doane Towing Tug 96 1919  
Adams SB Co. East Boothbay ME   219589 Edithia   Yacht 176 1920  
ATLANTIC COAST CO.
This shipyard was originally Townsend Marine Railway and had been in operation since 1869.  It was reorganized for WWI and built the six ships listed below.  It lay idle after the war but was acquired by Frank Sample in the 1930s and had a third lease on life in WWII.  It continues in business today as the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   215873 Anna Laura McKenney   Schooner 1,021 1917  
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   216927 Frances L. Taussig   Schooner 1,080 1918  
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   218983 Bradford E. Jones   Schooner 1,618 1919  
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   218920 Mary Bradford Peirce   Schooner 1,133 1919  
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   220313 James W. Howard   Schooner 1,655 1920  
Atlantic Coast Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   220980 Josiah B. Chase   Schooner 1,661 1921  
ATLANTIC COAST CO.
Atlantic Coast Co. also operated a shipyard in Thomaston.
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   215670 Jessie G. Noyes   Schooner 1,376 1917  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   216434 Augusta G. Hilton   Schooner 1,562 1918  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   217434 Ida S. Dow   Schooner 1,411 1918  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   218562 M. Vivian Pierce   Schooner 1,511 1919  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   219398 William H. Harriman   Schooner 1,450 1919  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   220978 Atlantic Coast   Schooner 1,643 1920  
Atlantic Coast Co. Thomaston ME   220542 Elizabeth Freeman   Schooner 1,665 1920  
H. M. & R. L. BEAN
H. M. Bean bought this shipyard in 1875, brought his son into the business in 1899 and turned it over to him in 1908.  The site is now occupied by the Wayfarer Marine division of Lyman Morse.
Bean, H. M. and R.L. Camden ME     George W. Wells   Schooner 1,337 1900 Lost 1913 off North Carolina
Bean, H. M. and R.L. Camden ME     G. Charlton Henry   Schooner   1904  
Bean, H. M. and R.L. Camden ME   201667 Margaret Haskell   Schooner 2,414 1904  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   215501 Blue Peter   Schooner 1,234 1916  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   214658 Percy R. Pyne 2nd Oneida Nav Corp Schooner 1,337 1917 Later Cornelius H. Callaghan 1923, wrecked 1924
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   214808 Charlotte A. Maxwell   Schooner 668 1917  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   215825 Florence B. Phillips   Schooner 671 1917  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   216979 Edna M. McKnight   Schooner 1,326 1917  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   216001 Laura A. Barnes   Schooner 629 1918  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   217624 Charles A. Dean   Schooner 1,143 1918  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   218625 Helen Barnet Gring   Schooner 1,226 1919  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   219634 Robert L. Bean   Schooner 1,335 1920  
Bean, R. L. Camden ME   220774 T. N. Barnsdall   Schooner 1,309 1920  
EAST COAST SHIP CO.
This shipyard, known as The Irving Reed Shipyard, was started by Irving Reed and Percy Adams in 1905.  They sold it but continued to operate it during WWI, using the name East Coast Ship Co.  After the war they bought it back and reverted to the old name.  Reed's son took over in 1937 and ran it as Reed Bros. until the late 1960s, when it was razed for redevelopment.
Reed, I. W. Boothbay Harbor ME   215592 Nelseco II   Steamer 237 1917   
East Coast Ship Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   216546 Ada Cliff   Schooner 510 1918 Later Frederick J. Lovatt
East Coast Ship Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   217521 Marguerite M. Wemyss   Schooner 582 1919  
East Coast Ship Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   218742 James E. Newsom   Schooner 707 1919  
East Coast Ship Co. Boothbay Harbor ME   219791 Mary G. Maynard   Schooner 735 1920  
GEORGE A. GILCHRIST
George A. Gilchrist started building ships in Belfast in 1889, in a shipyard at the foot of Miller Street.  He later moved to Rockland, where he concentrated on ship repairing.  In 1916 he returned to shipbuilding for WWI, this time in a yard in Thomaston.
Gilchrist, George A. Belfast ME   145845 Theoline   Schooner 586 1900 Later Lakewood
Gilchrist, George A. Belfast ME   96580 Henry B. Fiske   Schooner 847 1901  
Gilchrist, George A. Belfast ME     Cumberland Corps of Engineers Dredge 1,451d 1902  
Gilchrist, George A. Belfast ME     Frank Barnet   Schooner 853 1903 Burnt at sea 1908
Gilchrist, George A. Belfast ME     Key West Corps of Engineers Dredge 498d 1904 Burnt 1923 in Tampico MX
Gilchrist, George A. Thomaston ME   215129 Nancy Hanks   Schooner 1,162 1917  
Gilchrist, George A. Thomaston ME   217543 Utoka U.S.S.B. Steamer 2,599 1919  
OTHER SHIPBUILDERS
Ballentine Bros Bangor ME   125251 Charles J. Kershaw   Steamer 1,323 1874 Wrecked on Chocolay Reef 1895
Bangor SB Co. Hampden ME   218876 Katherine May   Schooner 915 1919  
Bangor, Brewer SB Co. Brewer ME   217316 Charles D. Stanford   Schooner 714 1918  
Bangor, Brewer SB Co. Brewer ME   219304 Horace E. Munroe   Schooner 1,626 1919  
Bicknall, Charles E. Rockland ME   220477 Radium   Steamer 107 1920  
Biddeford SB Co. Biddeford ME   217043 Jere G. Shaw   Schooner 739 1918  
Boston & Penobscot SB South Orrington ME   218205 James E. Coburn   Schooner 987 1919  
Dennysville SY Co. Dennysville ME   218206 Esther K Netherton Shipping Steamer 1,001 1919 Lost and abandoned 1935
Doyen, P. H. South Portland ME     America P. H. Doyen Co Steamer 1,205 1914 Later Olga 1917, foundered off Zonguldak 1920
Doyen, P. H. South Portland ME     Liberty Liberty S.S. Co Steamer 1,490 1918 Later Eleftheria 1919, scrapped 1925 
Doyen, P. H. South Portland ME     Bourbancy Gourney et Cie. Steamer 1,025 1919 Foundered Marseilles 1923
Doyen, P. H. South Portland ME   218624 Ajax P. H. Doyen & Co Steamer 356 1919 Burnt Prout's Neck 1934
Doyen, P. H. South Portland ME     Styliani   Steamer 1,420 1919 Burnt SSW Lanzarote 1919
Dutch, Josiah Searsport ME   125665 C. D. Bryant   Bark 929 1878  
East Coast Fisheries Portland ME   219992 Medric   Fishing Vsl. 380 1920  
Ellsworth Foundry Ellsworth ME   217506 Alexis I. duPont   Motor Ship 151 1919  
Emery, G. Harrington ME   145118 Tillie Baker Brett, Son & Co Barque 654 1876 Wrecked on Cardona I. 1913
Fessenden, W. Portland ME     Dallas U.S. Revenue Service Cutter 179 1874 Sold 1908
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   215883 Lizzie D. Peabody   Schooner 129 1919  
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   215893 Lucy Evelyn   Schooner 374 1919  
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   217315 Sally Persis Noyes   Schooner 1,034 1919  
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   218955 Doris Hamlin   Schooner 1,063 1919  
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   219217 Velma L. Hamlin   Schooner 1,091 1919  
Frye, Flynn Co. Harrington ME   220881 Mabel A. Frye   Schooner 1,151 1920  
Fuller, Jacob Boothbay ME   105318 Abel W. Parker   Schooner 202 1873  
Grant, Isaac Ellsworth ME   23906 Storm Petrel   Schooner 174 1870  
Grant, Isaac Ellsworth ME   18758 Nellie Grant   Schooner 139 1873 Lost off Cape Cod 1925
Griffiths Kittery ME     Enterprise U.S. Navy Gunboat 1,375 1877  
Hutchins & Stubbs Yarmouth ME   91570 Mattie J. Alles   Schooner 229 1883  
Job SB Machias ME   222065 Leoona & Marion   Schooner 313 1920  
Job SB Machias ME   219823 Spindrift   Schooner 720 1920  
Matthews Bros. Belfast ME   217636 Jennie Flood Kreger Crowell & Thurlow Schooner 1,838 1919 Burnt 1932 in East Boston MA
McKay & Dix Bucksport ME     Roosevelt Peary Arctic Club Research 614 1905 Wrecked Panama Canal entrance 1939
New Castle SB New Castle ME   218112 Virginia Dare   Schooner 1,569 1919  
New Castle SB New Castle ME   219619 Dolly Madison   Schooner 1,540 1920  
New Castle SB New Castle ME   220894 Mary H. Diebold   Schooner 1,516 1920  
Norton & Clark Kennebunkport ME   136199 Eagle Wing   Schooner 1,232 1891  
Norton & Clark Kennebunkport ME   217901 Edmund A. Billings   Schooner 334 1918  
Pendleton Bros. Belfast ME   200331 Pendleton Brothers Pendleton Bros. Schooner 970 1903  
Pendleton Bros. Belfast ME   203577 Pendleton Sisters Pendleton Bros. Schooner 999 1906  
Pendleton Bros. Belfast ME   229070 Blanche C. Pendleton Pendleton Bros. Schooner 880 1920  
Portland SB South Portland ME   230975 Electronic East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 343 1918 Sunk by mine 1918
Portland SB South Portland ME   217411 Albatross East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 384 1918 Wrecked Diamond Shoals 1940
Portland SB South Portland ME   216942 Fish Hawk East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 352 1918 Deleted 1956
Portland SB South Portland ME   216227 Kingfisher East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 343 1918 Sunk by mine 1918
Portland SB South Portland ME   218621 Pelican East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 379 1919 Scrapped 1954
Portland SB South Portland ME   217962 Sea Bird East Coast Fisheries Co Trawler 383 1919 Scrapped 1954
Portland Ship Ceiling Portland ME   216726 Andra   Steamer 2,550 1918  
Portland Ship Ceiling Portland ME   216865 Basaan   Steamer 2,499 1918  
Portland Ship Ceiling Portland ME   216904 Okesa   Steamer 2,503 1918  
Rideout, John P. Bowdoinham ME   115572 Sea King   Schooner 1,491 1877 Sank 1917 in New York Harbor
Skolfield, George R. Brunswick ME   115975 Sam Skolfield 2nd George R. Skolfield  Schooner 1,566 1884 Later Harvard
Skolfield, George R. Brunswick ME   85891 George R. Skolfield George R. Skolfield  Schooner 1,728 1885 Stranded 1920 near Sea Isle City 
Smith, Almon J. Kennebunkport ME   216954 Kennebunk   Schooner 719 1918  
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   217306 Gladys M. Taylor   Schooner 987 1918  
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   216124 Helen Swanzy R. G. Morris Schooner 746 1918 Aux. schooner, burnt 1923
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   217664 A. Ernest Mills   Schooner 946 1919  
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   218885 Herbert L. Rawding   Schooner 1,219 1919  
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   220034 Maurice R. Thurlow   Schooner 1,270 1920  
Stockton Yard Inc. Stockton Springs ME   220923 Alcaeus Hooper   Schooner 1,306 1921  
Stover, Sylvester Harpswell ME   90079 M. M. Hamilton   3-masted Sloop 111 1869  
Thompson, Nathaniel Kennebunk ME   110498 Reuce   Ship 1,924 1881 Wrecked in Japan 1922
Tupper, William L. Jonesboro ME   106218 Abbie S. Walker   Schooner 190 1883  
United States SB Portland ME     Elias Issaias   Cargo 1,495 1919 Foundered 1920
Ward, Charles Kennebunk ME   215598 Charles B. Wiggin B. A. Smith Schooner 311 1917 Later aux. schooner, deleted 1927
UNIDENTIFIED SHIPBUILDERS
  Addison ME   106863 Annie M. Preble   Schooner 102 1891  
  Alna ME   105273 Annie P. Chase   Schooner 256 1863  
  Bangor ME   120503 F. C. Pendleton Pendleton Bros. Schooner 408 1882 Sunk off Seal Harbor ME
  Belfast ME   120044 Flora Condon   Schooner 230 1872  
  Belfast ME   105153 A. Hayford   Schooner 153 1872  
  Belfast ME   95737 Herald   Schooner 500 1883  
  Belfast ME   150365 Puritan   Schooner 116 1886  
  Belfast ME   77218 Josephine   Schooner 940 1896  
  Boothbay ME   105973 Alaska   Trawler 173 1881 Burnt in the Raritan River 1902
  Boothbay ME   3234 Bertha D. Nickerson   Whaler 143 1883  
  Boothbay ME   76820 Joel F. Shepherd   Schooner 598 1889 Later Mattie L. Johnson, William T. Lank
  Boothbay ME   161604 Valkyria   Whaler 139 1889  
  Brewer ME   24043 Timothy Field   Sloop 147 1861  
  Brewer ME   140258 Llewellyn J. Morse   Schooner 1,392 1877  
  Brewer ME   91277 Melissa Trask   Schooner 236 1880  
  Brewer ME   106813 Aetna   Schooner 350 1891 Wrecked 1913 in Muscongus Bay
  Bucksport ME   136255 Estelle   Schooner 444 1891 Later Coniscliffe
  Calais ME   22932 St. Croix   Schooner 234 1866  
  Calais ME   15753 L. L. Hamlin   Schooner 147 1871  
  Calais ME   115160 Seth W. Smith   Schooner 198 1872  
  Calais ME   120143 Freddie Eaton   Schooner 89 1874  
  Calais ME   18793 Nellie Eaton   Schooner 118 1874 Wrecked 1924 in Bay of Fundy
  Calais ME   115347 Sarah Eaton   Schooner 199 1874 Wrecked 1859 on Nantucket
  Calais ME   115379 Seth M. Todd   Schooner 194 1875  
  Cherryfield ME   120804 Florence A   Schooner 154 1890  
  Cherryfield ME   140969 Lucy May   Schooner 104 1888  
  Damariscotta ME   5241 Charlie and Willie   Schooner 123 1849  
  Damariscotta ME   24517 Telumah   Schooner 230 1866  
  Damariscotta ME   135173 Elwell   Ship 1,461 1875  
  Deering ME   110263 Rufus E. Wood   Schooner 1,432 1875  
  East Bluehill ME   96137 Hazel Dell   Schooner 157 1891  
  East Hampden ME   218876 Katherine May   Schooner 910 1919  
  East Machias ME   1561 Alaska   Schooner 173 1867  
  Ellsworth ME   15680 Lavolta   Schooner 204 1870  
  Ellsworth ME   80155 Wesley Abbott   Schooner 144 1870  
  Ellsworth ME   96298 Henrietta A. Whitney   Schooner 217 1895  
  Freeport ME   115504 San Joaquin   Schooner 1,551 1876 To USN 1918 as a collier, sold 1919
  Gouldsboro ME   18860 Orozimbo   Schooner 147 1854  
  Machias ME   110950 Regina   Schooner 114 1891  
  New Castle ME   75888 Josephus   Schooner 1,406 1876 To USN 1917, returned 1919
  Orrington ME   18477 Nellie Doe   Schooner 128 1867 Later George R. Smith
  Rockport ME   5251 Catawamteak   Schooner 148 1864  
  Rockport ME   107708 Annie   Schooner 613 1901 Later Rose E. Murphy
  Rockport ME   201527 Addison E. Bullard   Schooner 1,485 1904  
  Searsport ME   26129 William Butman   Schooner 171 1861 Later Clarina
  Searsport ME   15965 Lizzie Lane   Schooner 231 1874  
  Stockton ME   2876 Brigadier   Schooner 310 1873  
  Surry ME   9230 Franconia   Schooner 136 1862  
  Tremont ME   18136 Northern Light   Schooner 139 1865  
  Verona ME   106307 Allanwilde   Schooner 477 1884  
  Verona ME   126089 Carrie A. Bucknam   Schooner 287 1882  
  York ME   130457 Norton   Schooner 104 1889