The following is a bibliography of sources on Maine maritime history. This is by no means an exhaustive work, and additions, corrections and other suggestions are welcome. For help in locating these works, contact your maritime history museum, historical society or local library.
An excellent on-line resource for these works is also the Maine Info Net Statewide Library Catalog, which accesses electronic card catalogs for the libraries of the University of Maine system, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Maine Maritime Academy, University of New England, Portland Public Library, Maine College of Art and other libraries statewide.
Maine Info Net can be accessed at the following URL: http://18.104.22.168/
Maritime History Resources
Albee, Parker Bishop, Jr., ed. Letters From Sea, 1882-1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord's Seafaring Childhood. Gardiner: Tilbury House; Searsport: Penobscot Marine Museum, 1999.
Albion, Robert G., William A. Baker and Benjamin W. Labaree. New England and the Sea. Revised edition. Mystic: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1994.
Allen, Francis J. ?USS Katahdin: Fighting Ram.? Warship 47 (1988): 10-19.
Allin, Lawrence Carroll. ?The Lime Coast: A Maritime Nexus of Community.? In Timothy J. Runyan, ed., Ships, Seafaring and Society: Essays in Maritime History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987.
Anderson, Hayden L. V. Canals and Inland Waterways of Maine. Maine Historical Society Research Series No. 2. Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1982.
Audette, Susan T., with David E. Baker. The Old Town Canoe Company: Our First Hundred Years. Gardiner: Tilbury House, 1998.
Bachelder, Peter Dow, and Mason Philip Smith. Four Short Blasts: The Gale of 1898 and the Loss of the Steamer ?Portland.? Portland: Provincial Press, 1998.
Baker, William Avery. A Maritime History of Bath and the Kennebec River Region. 2 vols. Bath: Marine Research Society of Bath, 1973.
Banks, Ronald F. A History of Maine: A Collection of Readings on the History of Maine 1600-1970. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 1969.
Barry, William David, and Francis W. Peabody. Tate House: Crown of the Maine Mast Trade. Portland: National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maine, 1982.
Bowker, Francis E. Atlantic Four-Master: The Story of the Schooner ?Herbert L. Rawding.? Mystic: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1986.
Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-47. Ed. Samuel Eliot Morison. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954.
Brown, C. Donald. ?Eastport: A Maritime History.? American Neptune 28 (Apr. 1968): 113-27.
Bunting, W.H. A Days' Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920. Gardiner: Tilbury House; Portland: Maine Preservation, 1997.
Bunting, W.H. A Days' Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920, Part II. Gardiner: Tilbury House; Portland: Maine Preservation, 2000.
Chapelle, Howard I. American Small Sailing Craft, Their Design, Development, and Construction. New York: W. W. Norton, 1951.
Chapelle, Howard I. The History of American Sailing Ships. New York: W. W. Norton, 1935.
Chapelle, Howard I. The Search for Speed under Sail, 1700-1855. New York: W. W. Norton, 1967.
Cogill, Burgess. When God was an Atheist Sailor: Memories of a Childhood 1902-1910. New York: W. W. Norton, 1990.
Conkling, Philip W. Islands in Time: A Natural and Cultural History of the Islands of the Gulf of Maine. 2nd ed. Rockland: Island Institute/Camden: Down East Books, 1999.
Conkling, Philip W., ed. From Cape Cod to the Bay of Fundy: An Environmental Atlas of the Gulf of Maine. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995.
Dean, Nicholas. ?Recycling a Maine Island.? Down East 29:1 (Aug. 1982): 112-17.
Dean, Nicholas and John K. Moulton. Portland Marine Society, 1796-1996: A Bicentennial History. Portland: Portland Marine Society, 1996.
Dean, Nicholas, and David C. Switzer. Snow Squall: The Last American Clipper Ship. Bath and Gardiner: Maine Maritime Museum/Tilbury House, 2001.
Druett, Joan. She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
Duncan Fred B. Deepwater Family. New York: Pantheon Books, 1969.
Duncan, Roger. Coastal Maine: A Maritime History. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.
Eckstrom, Fannie Hardy. Indian Place Names of the Penobscot Valley and the Maine Coast. Orono: University of Maine at Orono Press, 1941.
Everson, Jennie G. Tidewater Ice of the Kennebec River. Maine Heritage Series No. 1. Augusta: Maine State Museum, 1970.
Fisher, Barry. A Doryman's Day. Bath and Gardiner: Maine Maritime Museum/Tilbury House, 2001.
Gleason, Sarah C. Kindly Lights: A History of the Lighthouse of Southern New England. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.
Grindle, Roger L. Tombstones and Paving Blocks: the History of the Maine Granite Industry. Rockland, Me.: Courier-Gazette, 1977.
Grindle, Roger. Quarry and Kiln: The Story of Maine's Lime Industry. Rockland, Me.: Courier-Gazette, 1971.
Haley, Neale. The Schooner Era: A Lost Epic in History. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1972.
Hauk, Z. William, comp. The Stone Sloops of Chebeague and the Men Who Sailed Them. Boston & Chebeague: privately printed, 1949.
Helfrich, G. W. and Gladys O'Neil. Lost Bar Harbor. Camden: Down East Books, 1982.
Hoffman, Bernard G. Cabot to Cartier: Sources for a Historical Ethnography of Northeastern North America, 1497-1550. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1961,
Holland, F. Ross, Jr. Great American Lighthouses. Washington, DC: Preservation Press, 1989.
Hutchins, John G. B. The American Maritime Industries and Public Policy, 1789-1914: An Economic History. New York: Russell and Russell, 1941.
Judd, Richard W., Edwin A. Churchill, Joel W. Eastman. Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present. Orono: University of Maine Press, 1995.
Larabee, Benjamin W., ed. The Atlantic World of Robert G. Albion. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1975.
Leamon, James S. Revolution Down East: The War for Independence in Maine. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.
Leavitt, John F. Wake of the Coasters. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1970.
Lee, W. Storrs, ed. Maine: A Literary Chronicle. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. ?The Building of the Ship.? In volume 1 of The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Bibliographical and Critical Notes. Riverside Edition. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890.
Lubbock, Basil. The Down Easters. Glasgow: Brown Son & Ferguson, 1929.
MacGregor, David R. Merchant Sailing Ships 1850-1875. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1984.
Maine Department of Transportation. Twenty-Year Transportation Plan, 1998-2018. Augusta: Maine Department of Transportation, 1998.
Malone, Joseph J. Pine Trees and Politics: The Naval Stores and Forest Policy in Colonial New England, 1691-1775. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1964.
Maloney, Linda M. The Captain From Connecticut: The Life and Times of Isaac Hull. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1986.
Manning, Samuel F. New England Masts and the King's Broad Arrow. 1979. Revd. ed. Gardiner: Tilbury House, 2000.
Martin, Kenneth R. Whalemen and Whaleships of Maine. Brunswick: Harpswell Press, 1975
Martin, Kenneth R., and Nathan R. Lipfert. Lobstering and the Maine Coast. Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1985.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941.
Morris, E. P. The Fore-and-Aft Rig in America: A Sketch. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927.
Morris, Paul C. American Sailing Coasters of the North Atlantic. New York: Bonanza, 1973.
Morris, Paul C. Four Masted Schooners of the East Coast. Orleans, MA: Lower Cape Publishing, 1975.
Morris, Paul C. Schooners and Schooner Barges. Orleans, MA: Lower Cape Publishing, 1984.
Noble, Dennis L. Lighthouses & Keepers: the U.S. Lighthouse Service and its Legacy. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
Norman, Dorothy, ed. Selected Writings of John Marin. New York: Pellegrini and Cudahy, 1949.
O'Leary, Wayne M. Maine Sea Fisheries: The Rise and Fall of a Native Industry, 1830-1890. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996.
Paine, Lincoln P. Down East: A Maritime History of Maine. Portland and Gardiner: OpSail Maine 2000/Tilbury House, 2000.
Paine, Lincoln P. Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Pike, Robert E. Tall Trees, Tough Men. New York: W.W. Norton, 1967.
Powers, Henry M. ?The Field of Dreams: ?Build It and They Will Come.' The Fallacy of Port Development.? Mariner (Fall 1999): 14-15.
Quinn, David B. and Alison M. Quinn, eds. The English New England Voyages 1602-1608. London: Hakluyt Society, 1983.
Ridgely-Nevitt, Cedric. American Steamships on the Atlantic. New York: University of Delaware Press, 1981.
Rindlaub, Curtis. The Maine Coast Guide for Small Boats: Casco Bay. Peak's Island: Diamond Pass, 2000.
Robinson, William F. Coastal New England. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1983.
Rowe, William Hutchinson. A Maritime History of Maine: Three Centuries of Shipbuilding and Seafaring. New York: W. W. Norton, 1948.
Rowe, William Hutchinson. Shipbuilding Days in Casco Bay, 1727-1890: Being Footnotes to the Maritime History of Maine. Freeport, ME: Bond Wheelwright Co., 1929.
Sabine, Lorenzo. ?Moose Island.? In William Henry Kilby, ed., Eastport and Passamaquoddy. Eastport, ME: Edward E. Shead & Co., 1888.
Sawtelle, Joseph G., ed. John Paul Jones and the ?Ranger?: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 12-November 1, 1777, and the Log of the ?Ranger? November 1, 1777-May 18,1777. Portsmouth, N.H.: Portsmouth Marine Society, 1994.
Shain, Charles and Samuella Shain, eds. The Maine Reader: The Down East Experience from 1614 to the Present. Boston: David R. Godine, 1991.
Shettleworth, Earle G., Jr., and W.H. Bunting. Foreword by Jamie Wyeth. An Eye for the Coast: The Maritime and Monhegan Island Photographs of Eric Hudson. Gardiner: Tilbury House, 1998.
Smith, Horatio Davis. Early History of the United States Revenue Marine Service or (United States Revenue Cutter Service) 1789-1849. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Foundation, 1932.
Smith, John. A Description of New England?. 1616. Reprint, Washington, D.C.: P. Force, 1837.
Smith, Mason Philip. Confederates Downeast: Confederate Operations in and Around Maine. Portland: Provincial Press, 1985.
Snow, Ralph Linwood, and Captain Douglas K. Lee. A Shipyard In Maine:Percy & Small and The Great Schooners. Gardiner: Tilbury House; Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1999.
Snow, Ralph Linwood, and Douglas K. Lee. A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners. Gardiner: Tilbury House, Publ./Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1999.
Snow, Ralph Linwood. Bath Iron Works: The First Hundred Years. Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1987.
Sprague, Laura Fecych, ed., Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce, and Art in Southern Maine, 1730-1830. Kennebunk: The Brick Store Museum, 1987. In particular: Butler, Joyce ?Rising Like a Phoenix: Commerce in Southern Maine, 1775-1830.? Candee, Richard M. ??The Appearance of Enterprise and Improvement': Architecture and the Coastal Elite of Southern Maine.?
Taft, Hank, Jan Taft, and Curtis Rindlaub. A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast. 2nd ed. Peaks Island, ME: Diamond Pass Publishing, 1996.
Taylor, William H. ?Ranger, The American Defender.? Yachting 62 (Aug. 1937): 43-49.
Thoreau, Henry David. The Maine Woods. In A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Walden; or Life in the Woods. The Maine Woods. Cape Cod. New York: Library of America, 1985.
Thorndike, Virginia L. Maine Lobsterboats: Builders and Lobstermen Speak of Their Craft. Camden: Down East Books, 1998.
Tod, Giles M. P. The Last Sail Down East. Barre, MA: Barre Publ., 1965.
Turkel, Tux. ?Canoeing the Eastern Maine canoe trail.? Portland Press Herald, Vacationland Guide, Sunday, July 28, 1996, p. 39.
United States, 25th Congress, 3d session, Executive Doc. No. 21 (13 Dec, 1838), pp. 21-23. Letter from Jos. T. Sherwood to Hon. John Anderson, Collector of Customs.
Upton, Joe. Amaretto. Camden: International Marine Publishing Co., 1986.
Webb, Robert Lloyd, curator. Edward O'Brien: Shipbuilder of Thomaston: An Exhibition, 25 May 1990-19May 1991. Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1990.
Wilmerding, John. Paintings by Fitz Hugh Lane. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1988.
Wilson, Jon. ?Voyage of the Improbable: Recollections of WoodenBoat.? WoodenBoat 150 (Sept./Oct. 1999): 32-36.
Winslow, Richard E., III. The Piscataqua Gundalow: Workhorse for a Tidal Basin Empire. Portsmouth: Portsmouth Marine Society, 1983.
Wood, Richard G. A History of Lumbering in Maine 1820-1861. University of Maine Studies, Second Series, No. 33. Orono: 1935.