Preview: Boat Photos from Maynard Bray, Part 4

Here is yet another sampling from the collection of 35mm negatives I donated to Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) in 2013.  They’re not yet on the PMM website so I’m deeply grateful for allowing OCH this preview. This group is  from the mid 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.



Painting CIRCE, the Triangle class sloop given to son Nat (on deck) via surveyor Giffy Full after the boat became too much for her owners to maintain. Neither Nat nor I hesitated after inspecting the boat, then named BOADICEA, at Graves Yacht Yard in Marblehead. (LB2013.1.336.11)

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13 Responses So Far to “Boat Photos from Maynard Bray, Part 4

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    Nat Bray says:

    I remember working on Circe! We went and saw “Fanny and Alexander” during our time getting her ready for transport to Maine to be launched. It was the first movie I’d seen that had an intermission. It was the early days of my love of Films. It was the early days of my love of a Triangle. She really should have been named Pythagoras, or maybe Acute would have fit better on her little transom! (or is this all to Obtuse? All Right, all Right, that’s enough)

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    Robert Emery says:

    The Maynard photos here were terrific inspiring me to search for more, more, more! I also liked very much the explanations of each; very thoughtful.

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    bernard spenle says:

    Thank you for capturing this slice of time and sharing it. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at your pictures!

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    Russ Manheimer says:

    Thanks Maynard. I like the term “beautifully purposeful”. Seems that applies to most boats formed by their working environment. Even the early New Jersey gaverys; duckboats and sneakboxes can be described that way.

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    Mark Hawkins says:

    A lot of the ribs for the minesweepers built here in Wisconsin were made by Sentinel Structures in Peshtigo and still in business. They still build them the same way they did back then…don’t fix it if it isn’t broke.

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    robin winter says:

    Absolutely, wonderfully images of the elegance and simplicity of boats of an earlier era.

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    James Thomas says:

    The best kind of time travel of boats and the people who loved them.

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    Jennifer Bunting says:

    This whole series is absolutely wonderful. Thank you, Maynard!

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    Chris Chesley says:

    One of my most encouraging experiences was going out with Roger and Mary Duncan on Eastward with my family for a daysail charter. The cool part was Roger asked me to come crew for him later in the week. Pretty heady opportunity for a Jr High schooler. Alas, the subsequent family schedule precluded my taking him up on it but the simple fact that he asked counted for an awful lot!

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    Bruce Cresser says:

    Thank you looking at the pictures is indeed a treat.

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    David Luks says:

    Great. Just the sort of detail I take notice of, and I am sure others do to.

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    Philip Myer says:

    Wonderful- Thanks Maynard, is it rude to ask for more ?