— The Museum in the Streets —A brief shipbuilding boom following WWI put the shipyard owned by the Mathews Brothers woodworking mill back in business. The building of the Jennie Flood Kreger, Belfast's largest and only five-masted ship, was overseen by company president Orlando Frost. Frost's eleven-year-old daughter, Katherine, recorded in her diary the events leading up to the festivities of launch day. On Wednesday March 5, 1919 with a large crowd in attendance, Katherine wrote, "All of a sudden we heard a man shout to some of the people getting off the vessel, 'Get off that plank, get off that plank! She's going! She's going!' Sure enough, there was a grinding, creaking noise and we were moving, actually moving!" Shown in this photograph is the steamboat Golden Rod ferrying guests to and from the ship.
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|Placed By||The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:53am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||19T E 499916 N 4919215|
|Decimal Degrees||44.42623333, -69.00105000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 25.574', W 69° 0.063'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 25' 34.44" N, 69° 0' 3.78" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 31 Front St, Belfast ME 04915, US|
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