Yacht Race, Eagle Island, ME

LB2012.28.192
Catherine Marston Wood Collection
Gift of Diana Marston Wood

In this photo, Evie Barbour captures the quintessential Maine coast—sailboats and an island just off in the distance. By photographing the yacht race, Barbour is able to provide depth to the photo—you can almost imagine more boats in the distance.

Yacht racing began in the Netherlands in the 17th century and was brought here by the British to providing a means of social and recreational enrichment for the wealthy. But as the photo makes clear, you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the beauty of a race.

Eagle Island, seen in the distance, has its own special history. It was the summer home of Admiral Robert Edwin Peary who, in 1909, was the first person to reach the North Pole. The island is now a national historic site.