In Maine, A Shipyard That Endures

As Bath Iron Works struggles, the city clings to its way of life.
April 21, 2004, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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For 400 years, the pine-covered banks of the Kennebec have been home to one of the nation's most thriving shipbuilding cultures. And for more than a century, the BIW has constructed many of the keels, hulls, engines, and masts of America's commercial and Naval fleets - ships that rode the waves of industrialization, immigration, and some of the most brutal military conflicts in history... Yet as commercial ship building has all but disappeared from the US and military contracts have moved south, the future of this historic shipyard and the town that it supports are in doubt.

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Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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