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Sardine Plant

A sardine plant exterior, spreading herring on flakes for drying in the sun or in an oven. Herring was sold canned, dried or smoked.

This image is from G. Brown Goode's The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States, 1884-1887, Section V, Plate 139.

Brewer Waterfront

The Brewer waterfront from the Bangor shore or from a boat in the Penobscot River. The large building to the right is an ice house. Next to it lies the Barbour shipyard with a steamboat, probably the Sedgwick under construction.

Cutting Ice on Lilly Pond

Lilly Pond in Rockport was an important source of ice. After scraping snow from the ice and letting the ice get to be about 18 inches thick, cutters sawed the ice into blocks. Another large source of ice was Lake Chickawaukee in Rockland.

Brick Mold

Brickmaking was a big business in Brewer, Orrington, Penobscot, and a few other places around Penobscot Bay. The mold formed the clay, six bricks at a time, until it was dry enough to be fired.

Loading Granite aboard Schooner "Annie & Reuben"

Schooners like the Annie & Reuben carried most of the granite quarried on the Maine coast during the nineteenth century. Though not as dangerous a cargo as lime, granite was so heavy that its weight could wear down a vessel, shortening its life and opening its seams.

Annie & Reuben was built in 1891 in the backyard of lumberman Reuben S. Hunt's house in Bath and named for his two children.

She was bought by John I. Goss & Co. of Deer Isle for their Crotch Island quarry, to carry stone primarily to Boston.

Time Book at Dix Island Granite Quarry

Time list for granite cut on Dix Island for the Iowa State Capitol outside steps. Dix Island is off Spruce Head, St. George, in southwest Penobscot Bay.

Cooper's Chamfering Knife

The cooper, or barrel maker, used this type of drawknife in making barrel staves. It carved the inside curve of the barrel stave.

Lime Kilns in Rockport Harbor

Lime kilns in Rockport harbor. The elevated railroad line allows lime to be dumped into the top of the kiln. Three of these kilns still exist and may be visited.

Dougherty Lime Quarry in Rockland

Dougherty lime quarry in Rockland was one of a number of quarries in the Rockland / Camden area. The steam engine in the bottom of the quarry could power air compressors to drive air drills or cranes to hoist out the cut stone.

Crosscut Saw

Two-man crosscut saw almost 55" long. Used for sawing large timbers or sawing down trees.

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