Preview: Boat Photos from Maynard Bray, Part 3

Here is another sampling from the collection of 35mm negatives I donated to Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) in 2013. The museum has scanned them, of course, but they’re not yet on the PMM website. I’m deeply grateful for allowing OCH this preview. This group is  from the early 1980s.

There are many more images of all kinds, and by a variety of photographers, that you can view on the Museum’s website. Click here and you’ll go directly to PMM’s photo collections where, to date, there are over 100,000 pictures to look at. At this point the PMM site, based on the Past Perfect cataloging application, is cumbersome to navigate, but believe me, there is some really great stuff there. High-quality enlargements of any image can be ordered; just click here.

Speaking of clicking, remember that any of the following photos can be enlarged simply by clicking on it. You’ll see small arrows at the left and right borders of the enlargement that enable you to scroll from photo to photo without returning to this page. There’s also a slideshow option as well.


Bill Page on the aft deck of his just-launched 34′ Warner-designed ketch SANDPIPER. Gordon Swift built her hull and Bill finished her off in his usual fine fashion. Launching place: Rockport, ME. Date: June, 1979. (LB2013.1.90.4)

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13 Responses So Far to “Boat Photos from Maynard Bray, Part 3

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    Rick Clark says:

    Wonderful wooden boat memories on film….Maynard!

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    Michael Ozenich says:

    My now ex and I were married on Sylvina Beal in the early 90’s when she was under the care of the Jones’ of Mystic out of West Mystic Wooden Boat yard. Beautiful boat and good memories of a nice day and time.

    Also have had the pleasure of time aboard Mary Day, a beautiful schooner as well.


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    Fred Green says:

    Once again, OCH provides R&R like the TCM Channel, making us appreciate where true skills, craftmanship, enjoyment and rewards in life come from. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Alan Houghton says:

    Great gallery – as much as I like 4c photos, the b/w are an equal. Well done & thanks for sharing Maynard. Alan

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    Ben Fuller says:

    Fine selection, Maynard. Fun getting these on line.

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    Scott Peterson says:

    What a joy these. Between you and your cousin Elmer there’s definitely a wonderful book to be made. It is a real help, just to get to look through these many windows. I am enriched both by the historical context and the ways and methods, from the transom braced hand of the letter painter, to the tractor & trailer beach launch… to what basic dunnage, scaffolding, or perseverance alone is needed to get a job done… you have wonderfully captured some of the essential 20th century folklife of the tideways… much is transferred. A thousand thank yous Maynard. This stuff is Gold.

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    Philip Myer says:

    Wonderful Maynard- I think there is a book in these photos somewhere.

    • David Tew

      David Tew says:

      When the Bryans were on the return from their extended voyage aboard PATIENCE B they stopped for a few days in Savannah, Georgia. We lived there at the time and wandering the docks I came across them. I admired the boat and they invited me aboard for a chat. What a wonderful family adventure they had.