Ships, Swindlers, and Scalded Hogs

Ships, Swindlers, and Scalded Hogs


The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine

by Frederic B. Hill

Paperback, 304 pages


Brothers William Donnell Crooker and Charles Crooker were among the most prominent mid-nineteenth-century shipbuilders in Bath, Maine, itself one of the most prominent shipbuilding cities in the world during that time. This colorful history of the Crookers' company by the great-great grandson of William Donnell provides a thorough overview of a family, its contributions to shipbuilding, and the historic sweep of shipbuilding in the area, as well as a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in Maine during this time. Today, a small portion of Maine's twenty-first-century shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works, occupies land that was once the Crooker yard.

  • Gift wrap this item?

    To have this item gift wrapped, click on the Gift Wrap link above (on desk top) or in the drop down menu (on mobile), choose your paper, and select item size "Small."