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Cianbro Completes Work on Pair of Portland Landmarks

Earlier this month, Cianbro crews wrapped up renovation work on a pair of community projects in Portland, Maine. One project involved the mainmast from the World War Two era cruiser, U.S.S. Portland. The warship fought in the Pacific, from the Battle of the Coral Sea shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, until the war's end. The ship was damaged by enemy action and later repaired, helped to sink a Japanese battleship and exploded an enemy destroyer. At the end of the war, she served as the scene for the surrender of Japanese forces in the Marianas. Portland received 16 battle stars for service in the Second World War, placing her among the highest decorated ships of the conflict. She was scrapped and her mast was recovered from a scrap pile in Florida in 1959 by Maine Maritime Academy Cadet and ship's crane operator Capt. Sandy Dunbar, and delivered to Portland, Maine on the MMA training ship State of Maine. Once in Portland, the mast and other pieces were erected in Fort Allen Park in 1962 by Commercial Welding crews. Decades passed, and by 2008, the aging artifacts were in need of renovations. Cianbro led the way on restoration work.  A second round of repairs got underway this year. Cianbro joined a collection of local businesses to complete work, as promised, on October 12th before a weekend wedding which was scheduled in the park.

Cianbro's team in Portland also helped to complete restoration work on the flagpole at Fort Gorges in Portland Harbor when the county revealed that the flagpole's solar lighting was no longer working and the pulley mechanisms for raising and lowering flags had begun to malfunction. Cianbro crews developed a rig to lay the pole down safely -- equipment that the caretakers at the fort will keep for future use. The flagpole at the fort is now back in service.    

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