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Gazela Primeiro

Maine Maritime Museum

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Gazela Primeiro

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Oldest Active Wooden Square-Rigger in USA

The 177-foot wooden barkentine Gazela Primeiro is believed to be the oldest wooden square-rigged sailing vessel in the United States, still actively sailing. Originally built in 1901 at the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portugal she crossed the Atlantic Ocean each summer until 1969 with the Portuguese White Fleet to fish for cod on the Grand Banks, using one-man dories. Gazela Primeiro has also been featured  in several movies, including: Interview with the Vampire and The Widow of St. Pierre.


Boarding Pass for Gazela does not include Museum Admission.

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Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530

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Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum offers a myriad of opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture and to experience the mystique of Maine.

Visitors can find:

  • -fascinating exhibits brimming with art and artifacts
  • -contemporary, interactive areas for children and adults
  • -an historic shipyard with five of the original 19th century buildings
  • -a Victorian-era shipyard owners home
  • -an active waterfront
  • -a life-size sculptural representation of the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built
  • -a scenic campus on the bank of the Kennebec River


On the following pages you can learn more about the Museum’s History and Mission, find out who is on our staff and how to contact us.

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