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Everyone Loves a Launching

Everyone Loves a Launching

The year is 1936 and the day October 3rd. The 86’ seiner Mary Grace appears to be stuck on the launching ways and is about to be towed until she floats.

LILLIAN Becalmed

LILLIAN Becalmed

It’s early morning in Rockland Harbor and there’s no wind.

Camden Harbor About 1940

Camden Harbor About 1940

More crowded these days, but no less sheltered, Camden’s inner harbor affords the perfect winter berthing

VINAL HAVEN Sunk

VINAL HAVEN Sunk

On November 10, 1938, the laid-up steamer Vinal Haven snagged her guardrail, listed enough to fill with water, and sunk at the dock.

Holiday Winter

Holiday Winter

At Holiday Beach in Owls Head, and at other places along the Maine coast in the 1930s and ‘40s, no one much cared if a few traps and a boat or two sat out the winter.

Building the ST. GEORGE, 1939

Building the ST. GEORGE, 1939

Albert Condon’s drawings for this 110’ dragger are, like all his work, very detailed. There’s no guessing the size, shape, and location of the pieces that go into building her.

THEOLINE in Camden

THEOLINE in Camden

The 184’ Theoline was launched from the Francis Cobb yard in Rockland in 1917 as a coal carrier. She foundered in 1942 off Panama. She is in Camden at the P.G. Willey Company wharf delivering coal. Catalog Number LB2008.15.157

Wiscasset Still Life

Wiscasset Still Life

How could anyone interested in sailing vessels resist climbing aboard this pair?

DELILAH in Winter

DELILAH in Winter

The late Kennedy Crane (Rockland’s Senter-Crane department store) owned this handsome Friendship Sloop and kept her summers off his cottage at Dynamite Beach in Owls Head.

The KLINCK Alongside

The KLINCK Alongside

After languishing at Snow’s in Rockland, a new owner refurbished the George E. Klinck and put her back in service, the final phase being carried out in Camden.