The Pitch Oven (1902)

The Pitch Oven (1902) (HMZ3N)

Location: Bath, ME 04530 Sagadahoc County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 53.651', W 69° 48.943'

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Caulkers used huge quantities of pitch to pay (or seal) the vessels' deck seams. In the kettles set into this freestanding brick oven, they melted crystallized pine resin over scrap-wood fires, which they carried in buckets to the decks of the schooner.

Small boys sometimes helped themselves to a free "chaw" of pitch, similar to the spruce gum enjoyed in New England - and cheaper than chewing gum!

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The pitch oven can be seen at far right in this view of the 6-masted schooner Wyoming at her 1909 launch.

The caulker at right wields a long-handled deck iron while others drive cotton and oakum yarn into the deck seams. Photo taken at the Holly Bean shipyard in Camden.
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HM NumberHMZ3N
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Placed ByMaine Maritime Museum
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 9:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 434484 N 4860443
Decimal Degrees43.89418333, -69.81571667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 53.651', W 69° 48.943'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 53' 39.06" N, 69° 48' 56.58" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 247 Washington St, Bath ME 04530, US
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