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Shipbuilding Rideouts (Johnson Rideout, John Rideout)
Posted by: Linda Rideout (ID *****7666) Date: August 09, 2004 at 06:22:40
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Hi... It is widely known amongst Rideout researchers that the earliest Rideouts to America were shipbuilders. There is mention of a few locations that could have been the places where they lived and worked. The Soffe book "Rideouts in America" mentions Back Cove, Small Point, Portland, Falmouth, etc. Back Cove is part of Portland. Falmouth, although now a separate city in Maine, was once the name of Portland. From what I've been able to gather, Small Point may have been locate further up the coast, toward Bath, in an area now known as Phippsburg. I'm interested in learning if anyone has actually located an area? I've come across some information today on the net while researching my family tree branches of ancestors who settled in Bowdoinham, ME. The largest vessel ever built in Bowdoinham (I believe it's on the Kennebec River??), was the "Sea King", built by John P. Rideout. On it's way to Charleston, it almost run into the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse... Here is the link to the Sea King story: http://knox.link75.org/mmb/History/seaking.html and http://www.link75.org/bhm/bhmhis/shipb/sking.html

Also, the Kennebec Journal, Nov 29, 1861 states "Since the year 1823, Master Johnson Rideout of BATH has built 47 ships, 10 brigs, 1 schooner, 7 steamers - in all 68 vessels, with an aggregate tonnage of 47, 204 tons."

I am not familiar with this Johnson Rideout or John P. Rideout... does anyone have them in their linneage?

Last week, I went to Portland, and visited Back Cove... there is nothing there to hint at any shipbuilding as it has had many changes to it's shoreline, due to landfills, and recent additions of recreation areas.

Does anyone have any further leads as to the locations of the shipyards that our ancestors ran? I originally thought they were in Back Cove, but it seems they may have been further upcoast. What do you think?

Thanks! I hope you find the story of the Rideout ship interesting!

Linda




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