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Contributed by: Bangor Historical Society
Date: circa 1895
Media: Glass Negative
Contributed by: Great Harbor Maritime Museum
Date: circa 1948
Location: Mount Desert
Media: Photographic print
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
After the canoe, steamboats became the favored method of transportation on Moosehead Lake. They revolutionized movement of logs and helped promote tourism in the region.
"The Bowdoin Boys" -- some students and recent graduates -- traveled to Labrador in 1891 to collect artifacts, specimens, and to try to find Grand Falls, a waterfall deep in Labrador's interior.
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Eventually, the Rockefeller's marine possesions included several motor boats and sailboats.
… of all sizes and types, from rowboats and small sailboats, to fishing boats were used for this purpose.
Some of the early sailboats were named the Thistle, the Troubadour, and the Indra. Rusticators often went on hikes and after dinner excursions.