Timelines: Maine Launches the Last Five-Masted Schooner
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The Edna Hoyt, which launched in Thomaston in 1920, was the Atlantic's last five-masted commercial schooner. Although no one knew it at the time, she also marked the end of the age of the schooner. Schooners were the backbone of the coastal trade and Maine led the country in wooden ship production in the mid-19th century. As steam-powered ships became the norm in the 1920s and 30s, the Edna Hoyt became a celebrity, attracting visitors enamored with the romance of the windjammers.
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Shribman, David, "Timelines: Maine Launches the Last Five-Masted Schooner" (2020). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 5390.