Honoring The Men And Women Who Built the "Liberty" Ships

 











The West Yard Today

One cold, windy, cloudy day in April 2002, I visited the West Yard, one of many such trips.  The weather seemed perfect to show what had happened to the once thriving West Yard.  Gray, gloomy, sad.

The East Yard, on the other hand, is home to at least two marinas, several other thriving businesses, and a high-rise luxury apartment building.

The area near Way 1, where the Jeremiah O'Brien was launched
The area near Ways 2 and 3.  The small brick building, latrine, is one of the few buildings left in the the West Yard.
The area near Way 1, where the Jeremiah O'Brien was launched
Fabrication building looking north toward the harbor
Fabrication building looking north toward the harbor
Fabrication building looking north toward the harbor
Fabrication building looking west.
Fabrication building looking east
The west end of the Assembly Shed
Fabrication building looking north toward the harbor
 

It was a sunnier day in the summer of 2001 when these shots of the Portland Breakwater Light were taken.  This is one of my favorite spots on the entire Maine coast!

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Photos courtesy of Compass Productions.

The Portland Breakwater Light and part of a busy Portland Harbor.  The light, also known as "Bug Light", was built in 1855, and went dark in 1942.
What's left of the West Yard latrine, looking north toward "Bug Light."  Bug Light was at the end of a 2000 foot breakwater originally.  When the West Yard was constructed, the area between the breakwater and Cushing Point was filled in, so today there are only a few feet of actual "breakwater" left.

Supposedly, "Bug Light" will be relit soon!