Preview: Voyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 13

April 5, 2018

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Below are the latest selections from Penobscot Marine Museum’s wonderful National Fisherman photo collection. There are thousands more, and you can view them all at our website. They’re not ancient, but go back far enough to show what it was like when fish were plentiful and most boats were built of wood. How things change!

While it’s possible to make your own prints from the images here, we encourage you to order from us; we’re convinced that the quality will be noticeably better.

If you want to enlarge any of the images below to better study details, simply click on the image and it will double in size.

We hope you’re enjoying this series as it unfolds. Believe me, there are no end of great photos at PMM. We’ve scanned and posted over 100,000 and that’s only the half of it.

Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist, Penobscot Marine Museum.


Making six knots powered only by a rotating cylinder?  Yes indeed! TRACKER proved this while beam reaching in an 18-knot wind. Lloyd Bergeson, who chartered David Frantz’s Hand-designed, Hodgdon-built 42-footer for this demonstration was a true believer in wind propulsion. Not only an MIT-traind career shipbuilder who saw wind-assisted propulsion as a potential boon for cargo vessels and tankers, Bergeson was also a recreational sailor who in 1978 single-handed his New York-30 sloop COCKATOO II to Norway. His Wind Ship Development Company partnered with Windfree, Inc. to construct this 24′ tall Flettner rotor  which, with but a small engine, spins at about 600 rpm. The date is August 1, 1983. (LB2012.15.10030 from National Fisherman, October, 1983, page 25)

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