Camden

Transitions

Transitions

Waving good-bye to departing dandies, the finely dressed lady and her yachting friends mark the beginning, in 1902, of Camden’s transition from an industry-based waterfront to one of recreation.

Haul Out

Haul Out

Where Wayfarer Marine’s Travelift now operates, the Camden Yacht Building & Railway Co. used to have two railways, one of them with enough capacity

Camden Yacht Club, Camden, Maine A23

Camden Yacht Club, Camden, Maine  A23

Vacationers began coming to Camden in the 1880s, lured by the grand old sea captains’ homes, pretty harbor, island views, and the Camden Hills.

Camden Yacht Harbor 3C

Camden Yacht Harbor  3C

Camden harbor today, crowded with pleasure boats, is a far cry from this tranquil 1920s scene showing a schooner yacht, yawl, and three luxury steam yachts moored off Sherman’s Point.

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.

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

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

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.

Laid Up in Camden

Laid Up in Camden

Although these three schooners have been tied up for the winter in Camden next to what is now Wayfarer Marine, and are ice-bound, some sails have yet to be taken ashore.

Yacht Harbor, Camden, Maine

Yacht Harbor, Camden, Maine

This photograph shows some ledges on the west side of Camden Harbor,  probably about where Bay Road is located today.

Harbor Scene, Camden, Me

Harbor Scene, Camden, Me

This photograph is a close up of the east side of Camden Harbor and the inner harbor before it was busy with windjammers and yachts.