Grimes Cove and Ocean Point, East Boothbay, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Ocean Point developed as a summer colony between the 1870s and 1920s. Most of the cottages were built after the turn of the 20th century. The developers and the majority of the summer residents came from Augusta, traveling by steamboat down the Kennebec to the Ocean Point wharf.

These Grimes Cove cottages on Shore Road, built between 1887 and 1900, some in the turreted Queen Anne style, were among the first cottages in the colony. Lovicount Lyon was the original owner of "Hard-a-Lee," the cottage on the left. Javan Drummond’s “Cove Cottage” was next door. Henry Lyon owned the cottage on the right. The third one from the left was destroyed but lifelong Ocean Pointers rebuilt the bi-color house in the same design as the original.

The moored boat was a herring seiner. In the early 1900s, when sardine canning was a huge industry, herring seiners were common along the Maine coast, especially Down East. Boothbay Harbor once had six canneries. This herring seiner, "Ernest Lowell," was built in Lubec in 1902. In 1924 Oliver C. Dinsmore of Whiting owned her, and her home port was Eastport.

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About This Item

  • Title: Grimes Cove and Ocean Point, East Boothbay, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Local Name: Ocean Point
  • Town: Boothbay
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.102016
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Text

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