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Sculpture commemorates biggest wooden schooner

May 28, 2013 The Associated Press

BATH, Maine -- Maine Maritime Museum is celebrating the completion of its sculpture representing the Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the U.S., with an open house on June 1.

The open house at the Bath museum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wyoming was a six-masted schooner built in 1909 at the Percy & Small Shipyard in Bath. The ship and its crew were lost during a winter storm off Nantucket in 1924.

The sculpture consists of two life-size structures made out of steel representing the ship's bow and stern, with six 120-foot flagpoles between them representing the ship's masts.

Depending on what standard of measurement is used, the Wyoming was either 329 feet long pr 450 long, one measurement referring to the portion of the ship at the water line, the other referring to the full structure above water.

For comparison, a football field is 300 feet long.

It was capable of holding 6,000 tons of coal.

The Wyoming was used to carry coal and later carried cargo to Europe during World War I. It was christened Wyoming because its principal investors were ranchers and businessmen from Wyoming.

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The six-mast schooner Wyoming was the largest wooden sailing ship ever built. It was in service for 15 years before foundering and sinking in 1924. Maine Maritime Museum

The six-mast schooner Wyoming was the largest wooden sailing ship ever built. It was in service for 15 years before foundering and sinking in 1924. Maine Maritime Museum


The six-mast schooner Wyoming was the largest wooden sailing ship ever built. It was in service for 15 years before foundering and sinking in 1924. Maine Maritime Museum

The six-mast schooner Wyoming was the largest wooden sailing ship ever built. It was in service for 15 years before foundering and sinking in 1924. Maine Maritime Museum

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