Woodboat for Lime Kilns

Schooner from Saint John, New Brunswick, unloading cordwood in Rockport for the lime kilns.

Vinalhaven Granite Quarry

A view of a large granite quarry on Vinalhaven.

Atlantic Cod

Drawing provided courtesy of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Recreational Fisheries program and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Granite Quarry, Vinalhaven

Granite quarry at Vinalhaven, after it was no longer being worked.

Unloading Maine Lumber in Argentina

Sailing with her father, Ruth Montgomery took this photo of their Portland registered bark Carrie Winslow unloading Maine lumber in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are ports built into the side of the hull to allow lumber to be slid out. Often, ships came back with hides that were turned into leather for Maine's shoemaking industry.

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.

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.

Tern Schooner with Lumber

Tern schooner (3-masted schooner) with a load of lumber, including a large deckload. Since lumber floated, masters were not as concerned about overloading as they were with other cargoes. Schooners like this one were frequently loaded so that water was almost at deck level. Lumber came into Belfast for shipbuilding, building construction, and for the Matthews Brothers business of making doors and windows.


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