January 28, 2013

Maine Maritime Museum continues work on massive sculpture

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Maine Maritime Museum announced that six 120-foot-tall spires representing the masts of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship built in the United States, will be erected this spring, joining bow and stern structures currently in place on the museum campus on Washington Street.

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The six-masted Wyoming was built in Bath at the historic Percy & Small shipyard, and launched on Dec. 15, 1909. It sank in a gale in 1924.

Image from collection of Paul C. Morris

“This is an exciting moment for the museum, for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history,” Amy Lent, the museum’s executive director, said in a press release issued Monday morning. The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

A dedication ceremony will be June 1.

The Wyoming sculpture is believed to be the largest outdoor sculpture in New England. It was conceived by Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.

Completed in 2006, the life-size sculpture was built on the location where the original ship was constructed by the Percy & Small Shipyard.

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