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Maine Granite Industry-Hall Quarry

Ship at Crotch Island

Ship at Crotch Island

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Maine Granite Industry Historical Society

To get an idea of how big a sloop was in 1870 the
Sawer Bait out of Yarmouth measured 55 feet long. To get an idea of how big some of the masts were, the leach of the sail was 90 feet long 48 feet its head 30 feet and the hoist 62 feet. There were about thousand yards of duck in this one sail. Duck is the best sail material but is more expensive-17 cents more a yard. When steam came around it made shipping a lot easier so they no longer had to raise the huge masts by hand because they had steamed powered winches.

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