Bath is a port city located in Sagadahoc County, Maine USA. It covers a total area of approx 34 km2 (13 ml2) and has population around 8,500.
- Bath is a popular tourist destination with its 19th-century architecture. It homes Bath Iron Works & Heritage Days Festival (held annually on the 4th of July weekend).
- The city is part of the metropolitan area of Greater Portland.
- The area was called "Sagadahoc" by Abenaki Indians, translated to "mouth of big river", a reference to Kennebec River, explored by Samuel de Champlain (1574-1635) in 1605. Most of Bath, Maine, US was settled by travelers from Bath UK.
- The next Sagadahoc settlement was about 1660, when land was taken from Robinhood, an Indian sagamore. Incorporated as part of Georgetown (1753), Bath city was set off and incorporated as town on Feb 17, 1781. It was named after Bath in Somerset, England by the postmaster, Dummer Sewell. On June 14, 1847 it was incorporated as a city, and designated county seat in 1854.
- Several industries developed in Bath, including iron, brass and lumber, with trade in coal and ice. But Bath is famous for shipbuilding, which started here in 1743 after Jonathan Philbrook and his sons constructed two vessels. Since then, around 5,000 ships have been launched in the region, which at one time had over 200 shipbuilding firms.
- Bath became nation's 5th largest seaport by the middle of the 19th century, producing clipper ships which sailed to ports all over the world. The last enterprise to build wooden vessels in the city was Percy & Small Shipyard, acquired for preservation by Maine Maritime Museum in 1971. But the most famous shipyard is Bath Iron Works, established in 1884 by Thomas W.Hyde who became its general manager in 1888. The shipyard is a major employer in the region, and currently operates as a division of General Dynamics Corp.
- The city is famous for its Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate architecture, including 1858 Custom House & Post Office designed by Ammi B.Young. The city of Bath is sister to Shariki (today Tsugaru), Japan, where in 1889 the locally-built full rigged vessel Cheseborough was wrecked. Scenes from the famous movies The Man Without a Face (1993) and Message in a Bottle (1999) were filmed in the city.
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