Rockport Public Library Event Calendar


Date: 9/7/2022
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Title: Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding with author Nathan Lipfert
Contact: , 207-236-3642
Location: Rockport Public Library
Description: As long as wooden shipbuilding was the state of the art, Maine shipyards built more ships, and more tons of ships, than any other state. Every coastal community participated in this industry. Maine continues as an important shipbuilding region into the present, providing well-paid skilled employment to thousands of people and building vessels of wood, metal, and composite materials which have an impact felt around the world. Nathan Lipfert will discuss the history of Maine shipyards and shipbuilders and the vessels they built, concentrating on the 200 years since statehood. His presentation will be based on his research for his recent book, Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History.

Nathan R. Lipfert worked at Maine Maritime Museum from 1971 to 2017 in various curatorial capacities, and his current title is Curator Emeritus. He was educated at Hofstra University and Vermont College of Norwich University, and at the National Archives Institute of the National Archives, among other places. He has wide experience in rowing and sailing small craft, and has sailed a number of large sailing vessels. He is the recipient of MMM’s 2011 Mariner of the Year Award, and Maine Historical Society’s Neal W. Allen Jr. History Award in 2017


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