Working the Bay

Ice Block Conveyor

After the ice was brought to the ice house, it was conveyed in and out of storage. Often, ice was moved by gravity in chutes, or by human power; but later, powered conveyors moved the ice.

Hauling Ice from Lilly Pond to Rockport Harbor

After the ice was cut, it was hauled on a sledge pulled by horses on snow-covered streets to Rockport harbor and the ice houses there.

Granite Carving, Vinalhaven

Granite was king on Penoboscot Bay islands in the last quarter of the 1800s. After granite was quarried, it was often carved with decorations or carved into statues such as eagles. The work attracted skilled stone cutters from Italy and other European nations to carve figures in the granite for public buildings and churches.

Gilchrist Shipyard, Belfast

Ship under construction "in frame" next to the schooner Myra B. Weaver. This was the location of the Carter shipyard in Belfast.

Chart of Rockland Harbor

Detail of the Penobscot Bay Maine nautical chart, 1/40,000 scale. Note how the chart not only shows depths and navigational features, but it shows much information on land, including buildings, topography, locations of stone walls, and even where there are and aren't trees. By 1876, the Rockland breakwater was protecting the great number of vessels coming and going in pursuit of the lime trade.

Cargo Hook

Cargo hook for lifting certain materials.

Camden Waterfront

Waterfront of Camden around 1902, showing the Camden Anchor - Rockland Machine Co.

Barrel Manufacturing

Barrel manufacturing, showing completed barrels in the middle of the image and headers and staves to the right of the completed barrels and on the left side of the image. Barrels like these were used for carrying lime, in addition to other cargos.

Bangor Waterfront from Brewer

Photograph of Bangor from Brewer, showing the tug William Conners hauling a raft of logs.


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