The Society for Industrial Archaeology is an SAH partner organization.
The Society for Industrial Archaeology 2014 Annual Conference will head to northern New England and Portland for a look at the region’s industrial heritage with a strong emphasis on maritime subjects. We expect to offer both an early bird Thursday and a Friday tour to the Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum.
Established in 1884, the Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a “must-see” site that is currently actively building private, commercial, and military vessels, including advanced missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. Since 1995, BIW has been a division of General Dynamics. Tour arrangements are still being confirmed, but we are looking forward to an opportunity to view a number of processes, including the Land Level Transfer Facility, a gigantic concrete platform that allows hulls to be moved horizontally onto a moveable dry dock.
The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath Maine, located on the banks of the Kennebec River at the site of the Percy & Small Shipyard, is one of the nation’s premiere maritime heritage sites. In addition to five original shipyard buildings, the museum features a range of permanent exhibits, including its popular lobstering exhibit and a floating waterfront exhibit aboard the Sherman Zwicker, a wooden Grand Banks fishing schooner built in 1942.
The hotel will be the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay. To reserve a preferential rate, call (207) 775-2311 or (800) 345-5050 and indicate Society for Industrial Archeology when making reservations. The Saturday banquet will be a full lobster dinner (chicken as an alternative) on board a cruise ship touring the bay. The Friday night “filmfest” will take place in a public theater at One Longfellow Sq., and for the first time will be open to the general public with purchase of a ticket.