Looking east across Vinalhaven’s harbor one can see in the distance the buildings owned and operated by the Lane-Libby Fisheries Company. The taller structure to the left is a cold storage facility, the first of its kind on the eastern seaboard. The large three-masted barque, center right, was likely delivering salt from Italy to the Lane-Libby warehouse, which had a capacity to store 3,000 hogsheads. The two “floating” businesses in the foreground are self-explanatory. The photograph was taken at the site of today’s Fishermen’s Co-op, where many local lobstermen sell their daily catch.

Vinalhaven Historical Society

Catalog Number LB2007.1.109756