1976 13¢ Maine
State Flags Issue
Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Maine State Flag
The white pine stands tall over the woodlands of Maine like a beacon calling the mariners back to their home.
When European settlers reached the shores of Maine, they found dense forests of white pine. The tall, strong trees were unlike anything seen in Britain and perfect for the ship masts. With an abundance of trees as well as harbors, Maine was an ideal location for shipbuilding.
In 1607, the Pomham Colony built the first sailing ship in North America. It took a year for the Maine colonists to finish the 50-foot ship, which was named the Virginia. The following year it sailed to England for supplies, which were delivered to the Jamestown colonists.
During World War II, Maine's Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard were the primary producers of ships for the U.S. Navy. Maine-built destroyers and submarines were the toughest in the Navy, and sailors said Bath-built is best-built.
Maine's first state flag was adopted in 1901 and pictured a pine tree and polar star on a field of beige. Eight years later, Maine adopted the current state flag, which shows the state seal on a field of blue. Both flags feature the majestic white pine tree.