In the 1870s and ‘80s, Rockland was all about wood, the great bulk of it brought in by water to fuel the city’s lime kilns.
Limerock quarried at Rockland was once piled in wagons and hauled by horses and donkeys up the steep slopes. Later on, steam power replaced animals. Rockland, ME Catalog Number LB2013.21.365
With her scrollwork complete but the cabins and wheelhouse only in frame and her machinery yet to be installed, the steamer MONHEGAN splashes down the ways
Capt. John I. Snow’s lovely little steam tug SOMMERS N. SMITH at idle between her berth at the Snow Shipyard wharf (where the photographer stands)
The Second Empire style Hotel Rockland was built in 1870. It was located on Main Street, at the foot of Park Street, overlooking Rockland Harbor
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.
This is Elmer Montgomery’s post-war shot of the Bray family and their neighbor Gil Merriam running across Rockland Harbor
With masts spaced widely apart and shipping a steam driven loading boom, the schooner Annie & Reuben stood out from the other coasters.
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
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.
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.
It’s early morning in Rockland Harbor and there’s no wind.
On November 10, 1938, the laid-up steamer Vinal Haven snagged her guardrail, listed enough to fill with water, and sunk at the dock.
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.
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 yard crew guides the three-master Edward R. Smith onto Snow’s big railway for caulking and painting on the first day of June, 1940. This 565-ton schooner was built in 1911 in Phippsburg. Catalog Number LB2008.15.25