Maine Schooner Named to National Register of Historic Places

The schooner Mary E under sail off Essex, CT, in 2013. Photo Tom Richardson

In September, the 1906-built schooner Mary E, the oldest Maine-built fishing schooner still sailing and now owned by the Maine Maritime Museum, was entered in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

The Mary E was built Bath, Maine, to serve as a fishing schooner, but was abandoned in 1960 and later sank during a hurricane in Lynn, MA. The boat was later raised and returned to Bath for a two-year renovation. Following the restoration, the Mary E served as a passenger vessel for many years, including a long tenure at the Connecticut River Museum. The Maine Maritime Museum purchased the Mary E in 2016, and she was restored once again.