Honoring The Men And Women Who Built the "Liberty" Ships

 











Maps of the Shipyard Area

Early charts are from the website of the Portland Marine Society.

Topographic Maps are adapted from the collection at UNH Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center's Historic USGS Maps of New England and New York 

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1822

An early chart of Portland Harbour.  Note Portland Head Light in the bottom near the middle.

 

1825

This chart made by Capt. Lemuel Moody, shows development in Portland directly across the harbor from what was then Cape Elizabeth.  Note the mud flats that will play an important part in the shipyard development.

1893

The area southwest of the base of the Portland Breakwater Light and Spring Point is where the yards would be built.

1916

Notice the buildup of homes in the area.  Also just off Spring Point there is now a lighthouse.

1941

Just prior to the building of the shipyards.  Major changes will soon take place in this map.

1957

Many of the buildings and docks are still evident.  Note that Spring Point Light has now been connected to the mainland.

1990

The area still shows some of the buildings, but the drydocks of the East Yard are radically altered.  Today the area is a marina.

The New England Shipbuilding Company
at its height, 1943

Adapted from cascobay.com's article, Liberty Ship carries proud heritage, by Herb Adams.