Email This Page to a FriendVoyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 1
January 9, 2018
This post showcases photos from the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) that I feel OCH members will enjoy. A large percentage of the 100,000 historic photos that you can view on PMM's website are of boats and waterfronts, and what they looked like 50 or 100 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. And don't forget that, just by clicking on the images, you can enlarge them to view the details. What you see might surprise you!
Pronounced the same but spelled differently, from the Asian Korea, Maine's Corea remains picturesque today, but its harbor is way more crowded—brim full of lobsterboats, each swinging to its own mooring. At the beginning of the 20th century when this photo was taken, lobstermen hauled their traps from sailing craft known as Friendship Sloops like the one in the center of this photo. By clicking on it and then zooming in, you can see details. I think the boat's deck is about to be painted because her jib boom has been let go forward and topped up aft so it dangles over the side, clear of the foredeck. The anchor rode has been tied off to the mast so that it, too, is off the deck. And there's a broom standing on the cabintop after having swept down prior to spreading paint. In the far left distance, you can see the boat's owner rowing back after picking up the painting supplies from his shop on shore. (If you don't like my made-up story, feel free to compose your own.) Early mornings before the wind comes up are the best time for painting—and it's also a great time for a row. (LB2007.1.105075)
These guys are out for ducks, not fish or lobsters, and the retriever, if he tires, might welcome an assist from the skiff towing astern. Are those dish towels drying under the boom? (LB2000.52.2191)
Launching day at the Barbour Shipyard in Brewer, Maine, in 1902. The 110' x 28' coastal steamer VERONA, however, will be the last of the many steamers to slide down the ways of this prolific builder. She'll operate downriver serving Penobscot Bay towns near the one she was named for. (LB2008-26-221)
Please remember, if you know anything more about what's in these photos, be sure to make a comment. Your stories, recollections, and specifics will help us all to better understand these images.
Prints of these and many more images can be ordered from Penobscot Marine Museum. All are made from high-resolution scans which are adjusted for contrast and tone. They are printed individually onto Museo Fine Art paper with archival pigment inks and packaged with a backing board in a protective sleeve. We recommend going all the way with a glorious 16″ x 20″ print for $60.00, but smaller ones are available as well: 8″ x 10″ for $25.00 or 11″ x 14″ for $45.00. Click here to order.
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