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the Maine Yard Gets Big Rice Brothers To Build Two USCG Lightships the $1,302,000 Contract To Employ 200 Men At East Boothbay For A Year ' (Special Dispatch) East Boothbay, Jan. 14.--Announcement that the U. S. Coast Guard had awarded a $1,302,000 contract to Rice Brothers Corporation, local shipbuilders, for construction of two 128-foot lightships, brightened the East Boothbay labor picture today. i Work on the two vessels will provide employment for at least a year for up to 200 men. Henry Rice of the boat building building firm said tonight that local labor would get first consideration. consideration. "Quite a number of men," will enter the corporation's corporation's mold loft within a day or two, he said. The present crew of a dozen men will be slowly increased as materials arrive. The keels will probably not be laid before the middle of March. The East Boothbay boatyardi have been relatively quiet since the end of the war. All three yards In the village turned out small, wooden navy vessels until the surrender of Japan. Rice Brothers Corporation, the only East Boothbay Boothbay yard equipped to build with steel, launched a large number of wooden submarine chasers and mine sweepers during the war. The twin lightships are to be delivered in April, 1950. Each will have a 30-foot beam and be powered with a 6-cyllnder, 600-horsepower Diesel engine. Rice Brothers Corporation will build the hulls and install all machinery. Including the complicated complicated array of auxiliary machinery. machinery. The ships are of standard design with two enginerooms. Continued on Page 2; 4th Coi.