William Pitt Preble, Great Cranberry Island, ca. 1860

Contributed by Acadia National Park


This photograph of William Pitt Preble (1811-1905) was taken when he was about 50.

Preble was related to the Preble family that emigrated from England to Portland in the 17th century. He was the son of the Mount Desert Rock lighthouse keeper.

Preble moved to Great Cranberry Island where he was a teacher, church elder, selectman, justice of the peace, tax appraiser, postmaster, storekeeper, shipbuilder, and shipwreck appraiser.

On the back of Preble's portrait is a photograph of an "unknown woman" with a pencil-mark swirl across her face that likely served as the backing of Preble's framed portrait.

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About This Item

  • Title: William Pitt Preble, Great Cranberry Island, ca. 1860
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Local Name: Great Cranberry
  • Town: Cranberry Isles
  • County: Hancock
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Acadia National Park
PO Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-8729

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