Wood from Wiscasset’s famous grounded 
schooners lends richness and character 
to a custom kitchen.

By Meadow Rue Merrill
Photographed by Dave Cleaveland

Once among the most photographed ships in the world, the Hesper and Luther Little hauled coal and wood and ice before winding up in Wiscasset. There, the four-masted schooners floundered for nearly seven decades, rotting beside Route 1 in the Sheepscot River before being removed in the late nineties. Most of the wood — nearly three hundred dump truck loads — went to a landfill. But the Luther Little’s towering Douglas fir masts lay in a local junkyard, nearly forgotten until a family tragedy gave them new life.

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Meadow Rue Merrill

Meadow Rue Merrill is a Down East contributing editor.