BELFAST, Maine -&nbspBoatbuilding and tours aboard a 59-year-old original sardine carrier were among the highlights of the Belfast Marine Heritage Festival 2008 held Saturday.

The stage was set to draw 2,500 visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterfront Heritage Park and the dock area.

Activities at the park included the “National Boatbuilding Challenge 2008.” Eight teams of two boat builders worked from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to construct a 12-foot Monhegan Skiff in record time. The teams were scheduled to row their finished boats in a relay race in the bay later in the afternoon.

On display is the sardine carrier, Jacob Pike, owned by the Penobscot Marine Museum. Built in Thomaston in 1949, the Pike was one of a series of workboats built around that time.

In the heyday of the sardine factories along the coast, many factory workers depended on the sardines the Pike and other workboats delivered.

Taylor Allen and Martha White of Rockport Marine donated the Pike to the museum in 2007.