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Bath & Around/USA

Introducing Bath & Around

Known as the 'City of Ships,' this quaint Kennebec River town was once home to more than 20 shipyards producing more than a quarter of early America's wooden sailing vessels. In Bath's 19th-century heyday, it was one of Maine's largest cities, with a bustling downtown lined with banks and grand municipal buildings. Bath-built schooners and clipper ships sailed the seven seas and the city's name was known far and wide.

The shipbuilding tradition is still very much alive here in Bath. Across US 1 from downtown, Bath Iron Works (founded in 1884) is still one of the largest and most active shipyards in the US, producing steel frigates, cruisers and other naval craft. Locals know to avoid driving in or out of town around 3:30pm on weekdays, when the work shift changes and the roads choke with cars. South of the shipyard, the Maine Maritime Museum is an excellent place to learn about Bath's 400-year-old shipbuilding history.

Downtown, redbrick sidewalks and solid 19th-century buildings line quaint Main St, while just downhill lies a small grassy park overlooking the water.