The new engine house being built at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in Rockland is a true community effort. The wooden part of the structure will be felled, sawn, hewn and erected by museum volunteers. One such volunteer is Tom Hammermeister who has a wood lot that has been put into the state of Maine tree growth program. They have inspected the lot and determined that it needs to be thinned, and Hammermeister has donated the cutting to the building project.

In addition, engineers at Gartley & Dorsky in Camden and Architects 2A in Rockport have offered their guidance. The contributions of volunteers and businesses make it possible to see this project to completion.

The community involvement illustrates the educational value of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum to Rockland and the Midcoast. The engine house is being built to house the museum’s heavy steam machinery: make ‘n break, bang and blow, early gasoline engines and mechanical particulates. The new corral for these unusual pieces will be 16 feet by 22 feet with a fire resistant floor and roof and an all glass opening front for access. The machinery will all be equipped to run and demonstrate their effectiveness in lightening the labor load of the workers of their time.

For more information on the building project or to help and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, call 701-7627, e-mail or visit the Web site at