13. A Seaport on the Kennebec

February 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm  •  Posted in Museum in the Streets by

Location: Water Street State Boat landing
Sign13-1In the early 1800’s, it was said that if a Hallowell boy hadn’t been to the East or West Indies by the time he was 20, he “didn’t amount to much”. From 1785 to 1875, 229 ships were launched from her shipyards. Hallowell ships carried lumber and other products to the Caribbean and brought back “West Indies Goods”: sugar, molasses, rum and coffee. “Deepwatermen”, ocean-going sailors, took their ships to China and the East Indies. Whaling ships traveled as far as New Zealand and the South Seas. Before railroads, ships carried Hallowell granite around the world. Sixteen-horse teams pulled heavy loads of granite, on sturdy wagons called “galamanders,” down the steep hills to the Leigh and Wingate wharf at the foot of Academy Street where they were loaded on waiting vessels.

Port maritime sur la Kennebec

Sign13aAu début des années 1800, on disait que si un garçon de Hallowell n’était pas encore allé aux Indes ou aux Antilles avant l’âge de 20 ans, il “n’avait pas fait grand chose.” De 1785 à 1875, Les chantiers navals de Hallowell lancèrent 229 navires. Ces navires transportaient du bois et autres produits aux Caraïbes et en rapportaient des produits tropicaux : sucre, mélasse, rhum et café. Des marins au long cours, les Deepwatermen, naviguaient jusqu’en Chine et aux Indes. Des baleiniers se rendaient en Nouvelle-Zélande et dans les Mers du Sud. Avant l’arrivée des chemins de fer, des navires transportaient le granit de Hallowell un peu partout dans le monde. Des équipes de seize chevaux tiraient de lourdes charges de granit sur de forts chariots appelés galamanders en bas des collines jusqu’aux quais Leigh et Wingate au pied de la rue Academy où on les chargeait sur des vaisseaux.
“Schooner Jeremiah Smith at Hallowell Granite Company wharf and Captain Leslie Lyons of New Haven, CN”
Goëlette Jeremiah Smith au quai de la Hallowell Granite Company et Capitaine Leslie Lyons de New Haven, CN.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection – Photographer Hunton Bros.

“Loading granite”
Chargement du granit.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection – Photographer Hunton Bros.

Sponsor Copy
The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Auto Group.
The project was underwritten by Vaughan Homestead Foundation.
This panel is sponsored by Matthew Race Perry and the Perry Family

A Museum Tour Guide is available at the Hallowell City Hall, Hubbard Free Library and at many city merchants. The Guide and links to more information about Hallowell are available online at www. hallowell.org

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