This is a view from Chestnut Street, over the roof tops of Bayview Street, of the inner harbor.   Beyond, on the far right, is Dillingham’s Point, with Curtis Island in the far middle, and the east side of the harbor on the far left. On the pilings are old buildings that were used as coal sheds when Camden Shipbuilding & Marine Railways sold coal; they are no longer there. The floating derrick shown was called the “lola”, and is shown near the sheds. The large building facing Curtis Island was a joiner shop that burned on September 10, 1953. Many tools owned by joiners for many years were destroyed, and all the sawdust made for a roaring fire.

Looking to the left of the joiner shop, one can see the roof of the Eastern Steamship Wharf.  It burned in 1959 because the pilings were loose and considered a menace to navigation. It was the second wharf for the steamship lines that carried passengers and freight from Boston to Bangor with stops in between. The lines operated from 1833, owned by different companies over the years.  The first wharf was totally destroyed by fire on August 1, 1924, but the new wharf was begun that fall and finished in 1925.  The last steamship trip left Camden on December 27, 1935.

In the foreground one can see the Public Landing that was built shortly after the Camden Anchor-Rockland Machine Co., burned on May 19, 1935.  Bayview Street during those years was mostly coal and lumber yards.

Barbara Dyer
Camden Public Library

Catalog Number LB2008.14.115375