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Sunday, March 11, 2007 

Shipbuilding in Kennebunkport

"Wooden Ships on the Water Very Free"
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Paul Kantner
The history of shipbuilding in Kennebunkport is rich but, that's not what this article is about. Rather than focusing on the economic boom of 1775 to 1870, when Kennebunkport was one of the wealthiest areas on the east coast, the shipbuilding (actually, boatbuilding) I write about today is taking place just down the street from The Maine Stay Inn.

The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design was first established in 1978 to provide a high quality education in boatbuilding. In 1979, the Design program was added and in 1999, the Marine Systems Technician Program was created.

The Landing School takes its name from the area of town in which it is located. The Kennebunk Landing area was a major shipbuilding area for nearly 100 years. However, by the 1880's, the large shipyards along the Kennebunk River had been dismantled and the only boats built since then have been small boats.

So why am I telling you all this? This coming weekend, our guests will be treated to a personalized tour of the Landing School. You will see the inner workings of this hands-on trade school devoted to teaching a craft that would otherwise be lost.

True boats lovers might also want to attend The Maine Boatbuilders Show which runs from Thursday, March 16th through Sunday, the 18th.

Upon return to The Maine Stay, you will enjoy a gift of delicious chocolate sweet sloops.

This should be really fun and informative. Give us a call, (800) 950-2117. If you really want to feel a part of this rich history, consider our Captains Suite. We would love to welcome you to the inn.

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