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Neat place to visit

I was staying at the Hampton Inn in Bath Maine and was out walking and came across this free... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
Alameda, California
See history as it happens - watch the first ship being reconstructed!

A happen chance opportunity & one I am glad to have stayed to experience. The docent was charming... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
jm g
flushing, ny
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1 Front St, Bath, ME 04530-2492
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We visited Maine's First Ship--really a shipyard--on the bank of the Kennebec River in Bath. It's a replica of the first ship built in British America, a pinnace called the "Virginia," constructed at the Popham Colony, which last just one year in Maine. One of...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

I was staying at the Hampton Inn in Bath Maine and was out walking and came across this free exhibit. It is quite a site to see and there were many other static displays. The staff was very nice and was able to answer my...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

A happen chance opportunity & one I am glad to have stayed to experience. The docent was charming, knowledgeable and the displays were interesting. I was alone, but there was a young family there at the same time & I noted with delight that the...More

Thank jm g
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Definitely a good stop for the kids. You'll learn a lot about the early history of Maine shipbuilding; I was fascinated by the work on going. Lots of free parking, friendly staff, and feeling of watching this group recapture some nearly forgotten history. I would...More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This reconstruction of the first wooden, oceangoing ship in America is a fantastic, volunteer effort, and is a wonderful visit for anyone interested in seeing construction of a full-sized replica of the Virginia, built in 1709 at Popham Colony. Highly recommended!

Thank martnlivy
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Right in downtown Bath, Maine, on Front St., right along the waters edge. See craftsmen and ship builders building a replica of the ship "Virginia". It is free to get in. It is a working shop so be careful walking around. Climb the stairs to...More

Thank bob2bkk
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Virginia is the first ship to sail away from Maine in 1605 and head back to England. You could say it is the first ship to be built in Maine.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The volunteers are building a true [in all senses] replica of the first ship built by Europeans in North America. It's incredible. This is not a museum. It is a working workshop which all are free to walk in to.

Thank Martin O
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Volunteers are building a replica of what is thought to be the first ship built in America... a significant undertaking... sign in shop window has been graffitii'd to say "watch old men built a replica of Virginia" which alludes to the slow progress. We check...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We stopped by to see the building of the Virginia reproduction. It was a Saturday morning and a gentleman named Steve gave us the grand tour and answered all our questions, then took us inside to see the other displays. Unfortunately, they have to share...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

American history from 1607(not Jamestown. Excelent depiction of Popham colony and their ship "Virginia" in Phippsburg Maine. Opportunity to view the reconstruction of a colonial boat, the first English boat built on the American continents, a work in progress with an all volunteer force. Excellent...More

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