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Coal schooners, Biddeford docks, 1912

Coal schooners, Biddeford docks, 1912

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McArthur Public Library

On the Biddeford side, the earliest shipbuilders included Joseph Deering, Nathaniel Waterhouse, Simeon Goodwin, and finally John and Moses Pike. There was a prominent shipyard at Biddeford Pool that was run by Captain Thomas Cutts, Jr.; the yard built ships for the Cutts family interests. This was the shipyard that was famously attacked by the British in the War of 1812.

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