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Name: Charles V. Minott, Jr. (1867-1936)


Historical Note:

Charles V. Minott, Jr. was born in Phippsburg on September 12, 1867, the youngest son of Charles V. and Sara C. Minott.  Graduated from Bowdon College with high honors in 1891. He married Rebecca Goodwin Brown of Boston on December17, 1919. He was 52 and she 39. Their time was divided between Phippsburg and Boston as Rebecca’s ties to her hometown were strong. They had one daughter, Ada Catherine Minott, born December 13, 1923.

As a young child, his father put him to work in the yard hoping to learn the shipyard business. As a child, his father gave him a job at the yard picking up “wood chips.” As a teenager, a college student, and as an adult, he continued to work in the yard. In 1882-83 at the age of 15, Minott Sr. pulled him out of school to work in the yard and learn how a vessel was built from the bottom up. Minott Jr. learned the trade of a ship builder by the time he graduated from college, But Minott’s son had a different opinion about wooden ships. By the time Minott, Jr. graduated from college in 1891, he felt that wooden vessels were not going to last. It was not that he felt wooden shipbuilding was over. He understood that wooden vessels would continue to be built. But those who remained building these vessels would find themselves 25 years later as “has beens.” Minott Jr. was progressive and looked toward the future whereas Minott Sr. was fixed in the old ways. This heated debate between father and son caused friction. Minott Jr. was interested in a career as an engineer and wanted to leave Phippsburg. His father felt that the education his son received pushed him away not only from himself but from Phippsburg. It was at this point that Minott, Jr. put aside his desire to leave and stayed on to help his father run the business as a secretary, accountant and representative.

Minott, Jr. worked full time on the construction of the ship Aryan but he was also involved in five schooners—Ben Hur (Schooner), Merom (Four-mast schooner), Frances M. (Four-mast schooner), Ada F. Brown (Four-mast schooner) and Marcus L. Urann (Five-mast schooner). In 1896, Charles Minott, Jr. became his father’s right hand man. In 1901, Minott, Sr. started working on the five-mast schooner Marcus L. Urann (1899 tons). This was largest vessel to be built on the Kennebec River below the City of Bath at that time. But Minott, Sr. would not see the completion of this vessel as he died May 2, 1903 and it was Charles V. Minott, Jr. who completed the construction  of the Marcus L. Urann. This was the last vessel built at the Minott Shipyard, launching on October 25, 1904.

Charles V. Minott, Jr. supervised the shipyard and it remained open until 1917 as it acted as homeport to which the Minott fleet could return for general repairs. The remaining two Minott vessels, the four-mast schooners Ada F. Brown and the Frances M. were sold in 1915 and 1917 thus ending the era of shipbuilding for the Minott shipyard. He continued to run the brick store, but closed its doors in 1921.

Charles V. Minott, Jr. was sent to the Maine House of Representative for years 1901-02 and to the Senate for the years 1909-10. He was a trustee on the Bath Trust Co., director of the First National Bank and a corporator of the Bath Savings Institution. He died March 8, 1936 at his winter home at Roxbury, Massachusetts of a heart attack. He was 68 years old.






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