Clipper ship built in 1906 to return to Bath, Maine

BATH, Maine (AP) ― The oldest Bath-built wooden vessel known to be still afloat is returning home.

The Maine Maritime Museum is set to acquire Mary E., a two-mast clipper built by shipwright Thomas E. Hagan in 1906. Matt Culen of Pelham, New York currently owns Mary E.

The 73-foot-long clipper is scheduled to be delivered to the waterfront museum in April.

The Portland Press Herald reported the museum raised $350,000, of the $1.5 million needed to make the purchase, to restore it to shipshape and maintain the historic vessel as a public exhibit.

Amy Lent, the museum’s executive director, said the goal is to be able to sail the ship for special occasions.

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  • February 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Just to update you: Maine Maritime Museum is now the owner of the vessel. Culen is in possession of the boat in New York and will deliver her to the museum in the late spring — when Maine weather is much more welcoming.



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