Dresden ferry ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Until 1930 or 1931, Dresden residents and others relied on ferries to cross the Kennebec River to and from Richmond. Ferries from the Dresden landing also went to Swan Island, landing on the northeast end near the Tubbs house.

Beginning in the early 1800s, records showed a number of local people being “licensed to keep a ferry,” usually in one direction; a second licensed ferry operated in the opposite direction. Some ferries were sailed, with oxen and hay wagons, horses and buggies, and automobiles on board.

The people on the ferry may have been guests at the nearby Densmore House, a summer hotel owned by Joseph Densmore, a licensed ferry operator.

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About This Item

  • Title: Dresden ferry ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Town: Dresden
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.103023
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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