Hallowell-Chelsea Ferry, Kennebec River, ca. 1917

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Hallowell-Chelsea Ferry, Kennebec River, ca. 1917

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Chelsea, on the east side of the Kennebec River, was the east section of Hallowell until 1850. Transportation between Hallowell and Chelsea was always a challenge and became more difficult when the Hallowell-Chelsea toll bridge was destroyed in the Flood of 1870. This photograph shows a cable-powered barge that was supposed to be replaced by a motor-driven one. The Kennebec River is tidal in Hallowell and comes under jurisdiction of the U. S. Coast Guard. Strict Coast Guard regulations caused the ferry operators to revert to a rowboat. Rowboat ferry service ended in the 1950s.

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  • Title: Hallowell-Chelsea Ferry, Kennebec River, ca. 1917
  • Creation Date: circa 1917
  • Subject Date: circa 1917
  • Town: Chelsea, Hallowell
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 23 cm
  • Local Code: R-65
  • Object Type: Image

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115 Second Street, Hallowell, ME 04347
(207) 622-6882

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