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A 10-mile drive east along US 1 north from Brunswick brings you to Bath, a fine Maine town of colonial and Federal houses built when Bath was a wealthy seaport and shipbuilding center.



It's still a shipbuilding center thanks to the Bath Iron Works, one of the largest and most active shipbuilding companies in the USA.

You'll see the huge Navy ships in the Kennebec River just south of US 1.

North of the shipyard, drive through the Historic District to see Bath's graceful old houses and its attractive, historic downtown commercial, shopping and restaurant district.

South of the Bath Iron Works is the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street (map)(Tel 207-443-1316).

One admission ticket admits you to the exhibit on the maritime history of Maine, the restored Percy & Small Shipyard and its buildings, the Apprentice Shop boatbuilding school, a lobstering exhibit, and, when in port, a 142-foot fishing schooner.

Just about everything you'd associate with the sea is represented in the museum's exhibits: early fishing methods, shipbuilding, small boats, engines and steam yachts, lobstering, navigation, ship's models and paintings, sailors' memorabilia, and all sorts of coastal lore.

There's even a play boat for children complete with crow's nest and a "cargo" of sand.

The 10-acre museum complex is along the river, with plenty of space for picnickers. Wear outdoor clothing and good shoes.

You'll need several hours to see everything; or you can have your ticket validated for the next day also, at no extra charge. The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath ME

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