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Rockland museum expansion taking shape

By Stephen Betts | May 02, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts The addition to the Sail Power & Steam Museum on Mechanic Street in Rockland is progressing May 1.

Rockland — The expansion of the Sail Power & Steam Museum is well underway on Rockland's South End waterfront.

The projected received approval in June 2020 from the Rockland Planning Board.

The project consists of a 4,000-square-foot building that will be used to display boats at the museum at 75 Mechanic St.

Capt. Jim and Meg Sharp, through their company Sharp's Point South, purchased a 2.5 acre waterfront parcel in 2007 from the Hurricane island outward Bound School. In 2008, part of the property was transferred to the museum, which opened in 2009.

There have been small additions over the past 11 years, but the new building will be the largest.

Jim Sharp, who turns 88 this year, pointed at the groundbreaking Sept. 11, 2020, he wanted to create a maritime museum to celebrate Rockland's history, pointing out in the 1800s, Rockland was the fourth largest seaport in the U.S. due to the schooner fleet that carried cargo and people around the world.

"There was a veritable parade of sailing vessels going back and forth in Rockland," he said.

The museum would also recognize the current schooners that work in Penobscot Bay.

The architect for the project is 2A Architects of West Rockport and the general contractor is Pendleton Builders.

The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Bradley Ketcher | May 04, 2021 10:10

Best of luck with this expansion.

Posted by: John Anderson | May 04, 2021 07:02

Small minds do not build cathedrals. Congratulations to the Sharps. Their vision is worthy of the Snows, the captains, the sailors and their families who preceded them.


Posted by: Dorinda Jacobs | May 03, 2021 20:51

here's to hoping the next big expansion in Rockland will be one for kids and teens.  How many museums do you need, really?  Why not start taking care of our own rather than catering to people who might never see again?

Posted by: Robert Frederick Bialka | May 03, 2021 09:15

Hi Stephen:

Rockland in the 1880's was the 4th largest seaport in the U.S.? Are you sure? What about New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Charleston. San Francisco?


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