Contributed by Patten Free Library
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
Maine State ferry, Gov. King, crossing the Kennebec River at Bath.
The Gov. King was commissioned during the Centennial of Statehood celebration on Aug. 1, 1920, by then Governor Carl E. Milliken. It was named to honor Maine's first governor and champion of Maine statehood, William King of Bath.
This coal-burning steamboat was built in 1902 in New York for the Port Chester service and purchased for use at Bath to assist the smaller Hockomock ferry in handling increased automobile traffic between Bath and Woolwich on Maine's coastal highway.
Thomas Coss, former captain of the Hockomock and long-term resident of Bath, was the first captain of the Gov. King, which could carry 22-25 cars across the Kennebec.
Together, the Gov. King and Hockomock ferries, operating 24 hours a day, carried 88, 000 automobiles in 1923.
Ferry service ended when the Carlton Bridge was built in 1927.
About This Item
- Title: Gov. King ferry, Bath, ca. 1920
- Creator: unknown
- Creation Date: circa 1920
- Subject Date: circa 1920
- Local Name: Kennebec River
- Town: Bath
- County: Sagadahoc
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 11.3 cm x 16.5 cm
- Local Code: PC - 9, 13
- Collection: Jacqueline Sylvester Collection, Patten Free Library
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530
The copyright and related rights status of this item have not been evaluated. Please contact the contributing repository for more information.
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
- Kennebec River--Ferries
- Ferries--United States--Maine--Bath
- King, William, 1768-1852
- Centennial celebrations, etc.--Maine
- Centennial celebrations, etc.--Maine--Bath
- Hockomock (Steamboat)
- Gov. King (Steamboat)--Photographs
- 1920s Transportation
- Bath (Me.)
- Bath Celebrations
- Carlton Bridge
- Centennial celebrations, etc.
- Centennial of Maine Statehood
- Coss, Capt. Thomas
- Gov. King Ferry Boat
- Hockomock Ferry Boat
- Kennebec River
- King, William
- Milliken, Gov. Carl E.
- River crossings
- Sagadahoc Bridge
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.