Down East 2013 ©
Wyoming is beautiful this time of year, isn’t it? Or rather, the Wyoming. This massive sculpture commemorates the vessel of that name, the longest wooden ship ever built, at 450 feet. Capable of carrying 6,600 tons of coal, the Wyoming had six masts and was almost twice the size of the largest nineteenth-century sailing vessels. She was named for the Equality State because the governor of Wyoming was one of the original investors, putting up some of the $175,000 it cost to build her. Sitting on the midcoast river where the original was built in 1909, this skeletal steel hull is depicted in two pieces — a bow and stern — and separated by more grass than a football field. As for the Wyoming herself, she met a sorry fate in 1924, when a storm twisted and wrecked her off Nantucket Sound, taking thirteen sailors down to Davy Jones’ Locker. But it’s fair sailing here today. The institution that owns this splendid sculpture, founded in 1962 by seven salty citizens of this briny burg, is enjoying boom times despite an economy that is sinking similar nonprofits all across the country. Have you ever visited this famous vessel? Send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to email@example.com;  or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify its home.