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Largest Schooner ever built was launched 111 Years Ago (Dec.15, 1909)

15 December 2020
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The launch of Wyoming on December 15, 1909.
The launch of Wyoming on December 15, 1909.

“Wyoming was a wooden six-masted schooner built and completed in 1909 by the firm of Percy & Small in Bath, Maine. With a length of 450 ft (140 m) from jib-boom tip to spanker boom tip, Wyoming was the largest known wooden ship ever built.

Because of her extreme length and wood construction, Wyoming tended to flex in heavy seas, which would cause the long planks to twist and buckle, thereby allowing sea water to intrude into the hold (see hogging and sagging). Wyoming had to use pumps to keep her hold relatively free of water. In March 1924, she foundered in heavy seas and sank with the loss of all hands.” (Source: Source: Wikipedia)

Today, visitors can appreciate a full-size sculpture of the schooner Wyoming on the grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.

For more information, please visite the Maine Maritime Museum at https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

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