Marine salvage expert Capt. John I. Snow of Rockland had charge of moving the Thomas McCobb House, a 40’ x 45’ Federal-style house 85 miles by water from Phippsburg, Maine to Deadman’s Point in Rockport, Maine. Captain McCobb allegedly commissioned the house to be built on a knoll in Phippsburg above another home, formerly considered the finest in the region, across the road; his mother and stepbrother had inherited the smaller house somewhat dishonestly, he felt, while he was away at sea. The McCobb House became known locally as “Spite House”; much later, in 1925, Donald Dodge of Philadelphia laid eyes on the building, bought it, and hired The Dresser Company of Portland to load it onto a barge and move to its current location in Rockport. Over 2000 board feet of lumber was used to brace off the structure as insurance against damage in transit.

Rockport, ME

Catalog Number LB2013.21.213