Passenger boat landing, Boothbay Harbor, ca. 1940

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Boothbay Harbor's west side was the location of the wharf for passenger boat, "Nellie G II", one of the vessels that carried visitors and residents to nearby islands. Across the harbor on the east side were, left to right, Irving Reed's shipyard, the freezer (cold storage), and the Catholic church.

The boat's predecessor, "Nellie G," was built in Arrowsic in 1895 for Captain Amasa Williams, who brought her to town in 1902. He and his engineer, Charles Holbrook, ran the boat on the Squirrel Island to Boothbay Harbor route. Squirrel Island was a prominent summer colony founded by families from Lewiston in 1870.

In 1928 Amasa's son Walter Williams took over, with Charles continuing as partner and engineer. Wanting a faster boat, Walter and Charles in 1932 hired Goudy & Stevens shipyard to build the "Nellie G II." That 44-foot gas-powered passenger boat took over the route and continued under Williams until 1946 when Harold Dodge and Ross Dickson took her over.

After she made her last run to Squirrel Island in 1969, George McEvoy of Boothbay Harbor acquired "Nellie G II". He continues to own her in 2020.

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  • Title: Passenger boat landing, Boothbay Harbor, ca. 1940
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: circa 1940
  • Location: Boothbay, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2010.9.118768
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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