View of New Harbor, ca. 1920

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Viewed from what local residents called the South Side, New Harbor was a good example of how Maine harbors looked in the early 1900s.

Wharves and fish houses lined the shore on the right. Sam Tibbetts’ fish buying station was on the float at the center of the photo. To its left were a lobster smack or sardine carrier, where fishermen unloaded their catch, next to a big Friendship sloop with a dory trailing off its stern. Small lobster and fishing boats from the era of hand hauling were moored in the harbor.

Steamers used to dock in front of William Danforth's farmhouse on the left.

In 2020 the farmhouse and barn and the old wharves are gone, although some of the houses still stand.

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  • Title: View of New Harbor, ca. 1920
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Location: New Harbor, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.101728
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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Penobscot Marine Museum
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