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Ferry on the Back River, Westport Island, 1941

Contributed by Maine Department of Transportation

The "Westport Ferry" is pictured carrying a dump truck across the Back River from Westport Island to Wiscasset. Westport Island is visible in the background.

The ferry was a scow guided by a cable that ran along the bottom of the Back River. The ferry traveled east/west against a north/south tide. Ferry operators could move the scow along the cable by hand or enlist the power of a small motor boat, which in this picture is visible alongside the ferry.

Other Information


  • Title: Ferry on the Back River, Westport Island, 1941
  • Creation Date: 1941
  • Subject Date: 1941
  • Town: Westport Island
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photograph
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Department of Transportation
16 SHS Child St., Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-3227
http://www.maine.gov/mdot/

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