Maritime Museum: Celebrating Maine’s Maritime Heritage

Summer: Driving into Bath it becomes quite obvious why this town is known as the “city of ships”. Bath Iron Works located in the heart of the city has been building Navy ships for decades but, what most visitors don’t know is that nestled between the victorain homes along the Kennebec is one of the states best maritime museums. When visiting the Maine Maritime Museum you become immediately aware of the rich history that fills the walls of this historic landsite. Located on what was formerly the Percy & Small Shipyard, which was the only shipyard in the U.S. that built wooden sailing vessels one can find a treasure trove of maritime history. There is a great Pirate’s Play Ship for children and Deering Pier is a wonderful spot to welcome larger visiting ships.After spending the afternoon at the museum drive toward downtown and have lunch at the Kennebec Tavern. Located on Bath’s waterfront near the marina you can enjoy great food while sitting out in the sunshine on their waterfront patio. It’s a great spot to enjoy the sites and sounds of this historical town.