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A shipyard in Maine : Percy & Small and the great schooners

Author: Ralph Linwood Snow; Douglas K Lee
Publisher: Gardiner, Me. : Tilbury House Publishers ; Bath, Me. : Maine Maritime Museum, ©1999.
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a new firm was established in Bath, Maine, at a time when established yards in the City of Ships were turning to steel construction. Percy & Small would set unrivaled records for wooden shipbuilding and ship management, launching 22 giant five- and six-masted schooners (along with 16 four-masters) in two decades. Not just builders, Percy & Small also demonstrated an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Snow, Ralph Linwood, 1934-
Shipyard in Maine.
Gardiner, Me. : Tilbury House Publishers ; Bath, Me. : Maine Maritime Museum, ©1999
(OCoLC)629706500
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Linwood Snow; Douglas K Lee
ISBN: 088448193X 9780884481935 0884482731 9780884482734
OCLC Number: 39778684
Description: xvi, 391 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Sustaining tradition --
Building the foundation: 1894-1899 --
Creating a niche --
Schooners by design --
The shipbuilders of Percy & Small --
Building the great schooners --
To the top of the class --
Schooners for the film --
Coal for the hearths of New England --
The final years: 1910-1921 --
Epilogue --
Appendix A: Hull list --
Appendix B: Models, molds, layers and covers, horning out, and rising rods: a primer on the arcane world of traditional wooden ship design as practiced by Percy & Small --
Appendix C: Percy & Small employees, subcontractors, and subcontractor employees.
Responsibility: Ralph Linwood Snow, Douglas K. Lee.

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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a new firm was established in Bath, Maine, at a time when established yards in the City of Ships were turning to steel construction. Percy & Small would set unrivaled records for wooden shipbuilding and ship management, launching 22 giant five- and six-masted schooners (along with 16 four-masters) in two decades. Not just builders, Percy & Small also demonstrated an unusual knack for making money as managing owners of a large fleet of schooners, and the stories of their ships are told in these pages in wonderful detail, from the wooing of potential shareholders and the elaborate launching festivities (with one schooner stuck on the ways) to deeply laden coal schooners struggling to stay off the lee shore, daring captains navigating treacherous shoals, and the perils of collisions, dismastings, fires, and enemy submarines. At sea in a storm, a giant six-master heavy with coal needed great strength to survive. Percy & Small developed specialized shipbuilding techniques that pushed the wooden hull to its limits when the rest of the world had turned to steel construction. Doug Lees meticulously researched construction drawings add immeasurably to the technical information presented in this book. Maritime enthusiasts and modelmakers will find a wealth of information here.

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