Two building slips, or ways, were important features of the shipyard. The North Ways were prepared as a second building slip, on land purchased in a 1901 expansion. They measured at least 350' long by 50' wide - the largest wooden shipbuilding slip available in Bath, and possibly in Maine.
The ways were built of oak pilings driven into the soil and capped with hard pine logs: a firm foundation to carry the construction supports, the vessel, and the launching ways.
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The 4-masted auxiliary schooner Sam C. Mengel,
the only powered vessel built by Percy & Small,
on the North Ways in 1916 or early 1917.