Rockland

Bringing in the Wood

Bringing in the Wood

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.

Hauling Rock

Hauling Rock

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

Launch Day

Launch Day

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

Steam Tug

Steam Tug

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)

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hauling Day at Snow’s

Hauling Day at Snow’s

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