Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Abner Coburn: Down Easter; Length: 223 ft; Beam: 43 ft; Draft: 26 ft; 1878 grt; Bath Maine, United States; 1882

The three-masted Down Easter Abner Coburn was named after the Governor of Maine from 1863 to 1864. She sailed mainly on the trade routes between the U.S. East Coast and the Orient but also sailed between New York and San Francisco, her San Francisco registry clearly visible on her stern in the image shown below. She was burnt for her metal fittings and fastenings in the late 1920's.

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Courtesy of Bob North
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Benjamin F. Packard: Down Easter; Length: 244.2 ft; Beam: 43.3 ft; Draft: 26.7ft; 2,076 grt; Bath Maine, United States; 1883

Used originally on the New York to San Francisco trade routes, she changed hands several times and ended up as an amusement park 'pirate ship' attraction in New York. Her aftercabin woodwork and interior furnishings were saved, restored and are currently on display at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Roanoake: Down Easter; Length: 107 m; Beam: 15 m; Draft: 8.2 m; 3,539 tons; Comp: 50; Bath Maine, United States; 1892

The Roanoake was one of the largest square-rigged wooden sailing ships ever built. Mainly used on the California grain trade, she was relatively fast despite her huge size.
Rochester: Down Easter; Length: 131 ft 2 in; Beam: 30 ft 10 in; Depth of hold: 15 ft 5 in; 563 tons; Maine, United States; 1837

Rochester was launched as a full-rigged ship but she may have been re-rigged as a bark after having been sold and renamed Bremerhaven in 1850. She brought German emigrants to the New World in the 1850's and 1860's. Sold to Norwegian interests in 1870, she travelled from London to New York in 1877 on her last known voyage.
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