Maine's First Ship

Maine's First Ship, Bath: Address, Phone Number, Maine's First Ship Reviews: 4.5/5

Maine's First Ship
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9605etterunner
Orlando, FL12 contributions
Ahoy there Mates
Oct. 2019
Jim was very knowledgable and we learned a lot. Displays were very interesting. Unusal to see a period ship in process of being constructred on site.
Written October 30, 2019
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Protraveler02
Cleveland, OH121 contributions
Amazing
Jul. 2019
My wife and I tripped across this place while wandering around Bath. A very low glitz experience but very real and personal. Learned all kinds of things I didn't know and was amazed by the the ship building.
Definitely worth a visit, even if you only have a short time to spend. Or slow down a bit and spend some time soaking in this experience.
No admission charge, just a donation. Once you see this, you'll be glad too donate.
Written August 30, 2019
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newfound721
New Haven, CT62 contributions
Shipbuilding in real time
Aug. 2019
We learned all about shipbuilding at the Maine Maritime Museum, and to see the Virginia being built with the same process was happily serendipitous. This is a work of love, and worth seeing. Check their website for hours as they are not open every day.
Written August 28, 2019
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vendue2
United States138 contributions
Amazing opportunity
Aug. 2019
We found this by chance and dropped in - so glad that we did.

As previous reviewers have said this is a project to built a 'replica' of the Virginia which was built in Maine in 1607, 13 years before the Mayflower arrived, and designed to explore the US coast but sailed across the Atlantic.

The volunteers were amazing and you can go right into the boat shed and talk about how they started, where they acquired their timber, problems they have encountered, where they are now and plans for the future.

It is an amazing place which shows what a group of volunteers can achieve when they all work together. The time they are devoting to achieve this, the spirit and determination is infectious.

We are returning to England before the launch date but will watch the progress with great interest,
Written August 21, 2019
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ltoplee
Wells, ME28 contributions
Good history
Aug. 2019
Great history on Maine’s First Ship. The guide was a good historian that was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the visit
Written August 7, 2019
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HOWARD Z
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA81 contributions
Dr Z Sez
Jun. 2019 • Family
We visited the USS Virginia which is a replica of a boat used by the first colonists to the area. They built this boat so that they could return to Europe.
There is a small exhibit area in the barn that has interesting ship parts and actual masts and spars that will be used on the boat.
The ship is being built by volunteers and whenever possible they are constructing with tools and techniques of the era....quite a challenge!
They expect to reach completion is 343 days! Good luck! Check schedule....not open every day.
Written July 3, 2019
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Patrick D
Ayer, MA46 contributions
Virginia, amazing
May 2018 • Couples
Go see this ancient shipbuilding technique by modern artisan. Very cool and one of a kind! Great to climb stairs and see the ship skeleton from above.
Written November 27, 2018
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thebeerdude
Alameda, CA15 contributions
Neat place to visit
May 2017 • Business
I was staying at the Hampton Inn in Bath Maine and was out walking and came across this free exhibit. It is quite a site to see and there were many other static displays. The staff was very nice and was able to answer my many questions about boat building. Donations are appreciated.
Written January 5, 2018
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imurbanwalker
flushing, ny391 contributions
See history as it happens - watch the first ship being reconstructed!
Oct. 2017 • Solo
A happen chance opportunity & one I am glad to have stayed to experience. The docent was charming, knowledgeable and the displays were interesting. I was alone, but there was a young family there at the same time & I noted with delight that the youngsters were interested and curious as well.
Written December 8, 2017
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Chris G
Minneapolis, MN190 contributions
Great history lesson
Sep. 2017 • Couples
Definitely a good stop for the kids. You'll learn a lot about the early history of Maine shipbuilding; I was fascinated by the work on going. Lots of free parking, friendly staff, and feeling of watching this group recapture some nearly forgotten history. I would not miss this stop if you like history or shipbuilding. Also take a few minutes to walk along the water-- some very nice views on a nice afternoon.
Written November 24, 2017
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