Trying to do a drive-through of maritime Maine in a few days is as futile as trying to tease town genealogy from its graffiti, but I’m a fool and I rush in.

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It was 20-something years ago that I last saw this exhibit of generations of lobstering boats at Maine Maritime Museum.

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Since then, MMM has installed this most effective display of a vessel built on the grounds, schooner Wyoming, the largest ever wooden ship, the last of 10 six-masters.   For scale, note the workmen and the black pickup truck and yellow lift at the bow.

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And from this site, if I rotate a quarter turn to the right, it’s BIW and the emerging DDG-1000 Zumwalt.  Its namesake is this remarkable man.

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Here’s the vessel and a fleet of Winslow tugs as seen from the Route 1 Bridge.

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Prock Marine’s Marie hangs in the balance.

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Rubbing shoulders with the brawn at the pier is the beauty Wagon Box.

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Gimmick like the brass spheroids hanging from some pickups I’ve seen?

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Hardly . . . it’s one of the few Amphicars.

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Gladding & Hearn‘s 1980 academic tug Pentagoet heads back to the Castine.

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Now if I can follow signs like these to reorient myself, I might get to Portland  . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who may go a few days before posting again.

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