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.