Mary E was built in Bath in 1906, by Thomas E. Hagan, shipbuilder and was s built on property where Bath Iron Works now stands. She was listed in Bath as a schooner, and she originally carried two masts, and a billethead. By the time she was licensed at Block Island on March 28, 1907, however, she also had a gasoline engine. For 38 years, four men operated the vessel, mostly in the fisheries, but some years licensed for the coastal trade as well. The List of Merchant Vessels of the United States for all those years listed her with a crew of five. Later owners told stories of her being used to carry mail and passengers, and as a rum-runner, and we look forward to being able to document some of those stories. She sank in a Thanksgiving Day hurricane in 1963 in Lynn Harbor, Mass. Two years later, William R. Donnell II of Bath, great grandson of shipbuilder William T. Donnell, could not resist purchasing the vessel and raising it. At that time she had only a single mast, and a gallows frame for net fishing. He brought it to Bath and began a two-year renovation on the grounds of what is now the Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) campus. Captain Donnell sailed her out of Rockland around Penobscot Bay as a passenger vessel, restored to her schooner rig. It is believed that the Mary E was the first historic schooner to be certified as a USGC passenger vessel and paved the way for the entire Maine Windjammer Fleet to become likewise certified vessels. After years of sailing elsewhere, she returned to Maine and was relaunched in the Kennebec River in 2018.
Homeport: Bath, ME