Posts by Matt Wheeler:

Packet Ship NABRASKA [sic]

Packet Ship NABRASKA [sic]

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1850. The NEBRASKA was one of hundreds of packets (ships operating on schedule) sailing the Atlantic before the Civil War.

Naval Action off Valparaiso

Naval Action off Valparaiso

Thomas Buttersworth Jr., attributed, c.1815. During the War of 1812, Captain David Porter took his 32-gun frigate ESSEX into the Pacific in March of 1813.

USS PRESIDENT and HMS ENDYMION

USS PRESIDENT and HMS ENDYMION

Thomas Buttersworth Sr. c.1815. The War of 1812 was over when the British captured the frigate USS PRESIDENT. But no one knew a peace treaty had been signed.

Bows and Anchors

Bows and Anchors

This study of the bow of the Charles H. Klinck shows the old and the new. Name and paint are worn, and drooping anchors look tired.

Martinsville Dories

Martinsville Dories

Simple and graceful, a dory enhances any scene. Catalog Number LB2008.15.732

SEA BISCUIT

SEA BISCUIT

This is Elmer Montgomery’s post-war shot of the Bray family and their neighbor Gil Merriam running across Rockland Harbor

BOWDOIN Departure

BOWDOIN Departure

From Camden, on June 25, 1938, Donald MacMillan’s schooner Bowdoin headed to the arctic where she’d been voyaging annually since she was launched in 1921.

New Harbor Nets

New Harbor Nets

Cotton seine twine will rot if not put away correctly. Tarring and salting preserved it, but so did winding it on reels so the air could blow through.

South Cove, Rockland

South Cove, Rockland

Before Ted Lang and his Mainship operation brought in the fill that became today’s Snow Marine Park, this tidal cove became a graveyard for boats of all kinds

Low Tide at Port Clyde

Low Tide at Port Clyde

The grounded-out lobsterboat may get her bottom painted later in the day after it dries in the sun, but before the evening’s high tide. Catalog Number LB2008.15.417

Arriving Tug

Arriving Tug

The steam tug Sommers N. Smith and the steam lighter Sophia formed the backbone of Capt. John I. Snow’s Rockland-based Snow Marine Co.