Email This Page to a FriendPreview: CRADLE to GRAVE: Photos from Penobscot Marine Museum
April 24, 2019
“Cradle to Grave;” “Launched and Lost;” “Birth to Death.” No matter what theme is applied to these 28 photos that Ed Coffin collected over the years and donated to The Penobscot Marine Museum near the end of his life, they are spectacular and represent scenes gone forever. They were pulled together for the Camden (Maine) public Library’s annual “Maritime Month” where each of these images, hung up as big and beautiful prints, will be displayed until the end of April. Don’t miss seeing them in all their glory if you can. But if a visit isn’t in the cards, you can see them here where they’ll be hanging out permanently. You can also order your own prints direct from the Museum using the catalog number displayed in parentheses at the end of each caption.
Ed Coffin, a WWII veteran who spent his active duty at sea and in peril, moved with his wife Barbara to Owls Head in 1949. For more than sixty years, he collected historic photographs, most of which depicted ships and ports. Ed was a dear friend who passed away last year (2018) at age 94, so when I was asked to help select and caption some of his 2,500 photos, I jumped at the chance. You can click on any one of the following photos and it will fill your screen as well as display a short caption near the bottom. After you enlarge one image, you can go to the next or the previous one by using the arrows at the right and left margins (or use the r&l arrows on your computer’s keyboard). There’s also a slideshow option in the caption bar. (Maynard Bray for PMM & OCH)