Steamboat landing, Popham Beach, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Eastern Steamship Company built the Popham Beach wharf, also called the State Pier, in the mid-to-late 1800s. It was a gathering place for watching vessels arrive from and depart for
Bath, Portland, or Boston. The vessels carried passengers and cargo for the local stores, farms, and fishermen. Fishing boats also left from this wharf.

At the head of the dock was a little place that sold candy, gum, postcards, and cigarettes. The wharf agent slept in a small room adjoining his office on the pier; he had responsibility for setting out a red lantern on the ends of the wharf to help vessel captains in navigating a safe landing. People on land would blow horns and ring bells, with the arriving or departing steamer responding with two short and a long blast whistles.

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  • Title: Steamboat landing, Popham Beach, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2010.9.118618
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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