Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Enhancements to Marine Railway Systems
The Boothbay Harbor Shipyard had its' birth in 1869 as a marine railway. Since that time, we have launched a number of four masted schooners. During WW II we built 19 large wooden minesweepers and during the Korean Conflict another 18. Today the yard operates with two marine railways-one rated for 700 tons and the other 150.
During the last two and a half years the large rail has been quite busy with vessels like the 178' Barkentine Gazela of Philadelphia, the schooner Roseway, Grand Banks Schooner Sherman Zwicker and the tall ship Bounty. This yard is one of the last of the large marine railways left in the North East.