Bath's history can be traced back to 1607 when English explorer George Popham established a short-lived settlement at the mouth of the Kennebec River. The harsh winters and difficult conditions led to the abandonment of the colony after just one year. However, it was not until 1703 that permanent settlement began, making Bath one of Maine's oldest cities.
In the early 19th century, Bath found its niche in shipbuilding, and this industry would become its defining feature for generations to come. The city's shipyards produced some of the finest vessels, ranging from schooners to clipper ships. These maritime accomplishments brought prosperity and recognition to Bath, earning it the nickname "The City of Ships."
Learn more at History of Bath Maine.