Preview: The Dragger ST. GEORGE

January 6, 2014

Avatar Maynard Bray

This begins a series showcasing photos from the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) that I feel OCH members will enjoy. A large percentage of the 60,000 historic photos that you can view on PMM’s website are of boats and waterfronts, and what they looked like 50 or 75 years ago. Digitizing old photos and posting them online is an ongoing mission for PMM. The six scanners there barely cool off as the dozen dedicated volunteers keep feeding them photographic negatives to make into high-resolution images. I believe that PMM leads all other maritime institutions in this endeavor.

The stories that go with these photos are equally important, so if you have information to add, by all means do so. Just leave a reply (in the space at the bottom of this page) and we’ll see that it gets back to PMM where the staff there can digest and post it.

Building the dragger ST. GEORGE

Building the 110′ dragger ST. GEORGE began in the spring of 1939 at Snow’s Shipyard in Rockland, Maine. Her name honors owner Capt. Clyson Coffin’s nearby home town. The wood is white oak held together with galvanized bolts and, for the 3″-thick planking and ceiling, locust trunnels. This photo was taken probably in August o September after she’d been framed out, her bilge stringers were in, and the staging was up for installing the deck beams. A lot has been done, but much lies ahead. Launching day is only about five months away!

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