Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Chesapeake Ram, Victory Chimes" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Chesapeake Ram, Victory Chimes" by Doug Mills
The last Three masted Chesapeake Ram, Victory Chimes sailing western Penobscot Bay.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com


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Friday, February 16, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Battling 83 Chicopee Rd Standish 2nd-Alarm Structure Fire

Update 2:48pm: Fire marshal requested and two additional tankers.
Update 2:04pm: Command has requested Westbrook, Gray and Baldwin to scene and station coverage.
Update 1:51pm: All firefighters are ordered out of the building. Command requesting Portland Fire Comms to assist with dispatch of an additional Tanker Strike Team.
BREAKING NEWS: Standish, Maine - Firefighters are battling a second alarm structure fire on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 83 Chicopee Rd in Standish, Maine.

Fire is in a 2.5 story structure.

Departments on scene are Gorham, Windham, Hollis, Buxton and Raymond.

Nobody was home at the time of fire.

"Sailing To Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Sailing To Rockland" by Doug Mills
Mary Day sailing to Rockland to join the windjammer fleet for the annual Maine Windjammer Parade.



Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Maine Shipbuilder Submits Lowest Bid to Build New Ferry Vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service

File Photo: Thompson Being Put In Service Back In 2012.
East Boothbay, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) has sent a Notice of Intent to Award an $8.8 million contract for the construction of a new Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) vessel to East Boothbay boatbuilder Washburn & Doughty. The company was one of five bidders - and the only Maine shipbuilder - who submitted a proposal. "Washburn & Doughty has an excellent history and reputation of Maine craftsmanship," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I am always pleased to see Maine taxpayer funding providing jobs to Maine workers through our investment in transportation infrastructure."

The new 154-foot vehicular and passenger ferry was designed by Gilbert Associates, Inc., a naval architecture and marine engineering firm in Braintree, Massachusetts. Designed to be able to serve any of the MSFS island communities other than Matinicus, it will have three main deck lanes, for a capacity of 23 cars or a mix of cars and trucks, as well as 250 passengers.

"We are thrilled to have a Maine boatyard with an impeccable history of quality as the successful bidder for the new ferry boat," said David Bernhardt, Commissioner of MaineDOT. "Washburn & Doughty built three of the ferry boats currently in operation for the Maine State Ferry Service, and we look forward to partnering with them for our first new boat in more than five years."

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc., was founded in East Boothbay in 1977 and specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels, including tugboats, commercial passenger vessels, fishing boats, barges, ferries and research vessels. In 1992-1993, Washburn & Doughty built three vessels - known as the "sister ships" - that are still in service for the Maine State Ferry Service today.

"We are honored to have been selected to construct the new ferry service vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service," said Katie Doughty Maddox, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Washburn & Doughty Associates. "This contract will create jobs at our shipyard during its construction and we are proud to have our Maine workers building a vessel to serve Maine residents, businesses and visitors to our Midcoast island communities."

The Maine State Ferry Service, a division of the MaineDOT, serves the island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans Island, Frenchboro and Matinicus. Maine law provides that operating expenses for the ferry service are paid one-half by residents of Maine through the Highway Fund Budget and one-half by user and other fees.

Capital costs for the ferry service - including the construction of ferry boats, maintenance and upgrade to facilities and improvements to supporting infrastructure - is fully funded through MaineDOT. The funding for the construction of the new ferry boat to be built by Washburn & Doughty will come from a combination of Maine bond funding and other local highway fund and federal dollars.

"Schooner Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Schooner Heritage" by Doug Mills
Schooner heritage, The Great Windship, under sail at Rockland, Maine.



Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Motor Vehicle Accident Closes Porter/South Street Rockport

12:25pm: All Rockport units have cleared.
11:19am: Per command South Street back open, Porter remains closed.
11:11am: Northeast, Rockland EMS transported one each to Pen Bay, non-emergency.
BREAKING NEWS: Rockport, Maine - Rockport Police, Fire, Northeast, Rockland EMS are on scene of a motor vehicle accident between box truck and pickup truck at the intersection of Porter and South, both roads are closed at this time on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in Rockport, Maine.

Unknown injuries, Rockland EMS was requested for second ambulance.

"Rockland Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Rockland Harbor" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooner, the Lewis R. French, built 1871, sailing from Rockland harbor.



Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Setting Sails" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Setting Sails" by Doug Mills
America's first purpose built windjammer, Mary Day, setting sails off Camden Maine.



Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com


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