Schooner Catherine, Somesville, ca. 1950

Contributed by Mount Desert Island Historical Society


The lumber schooner Catherine was reported by Virginia Somes Sanderson to have been built in 1833 and abandoned in Somes Cove in 1935. The Mystic Seaport Ship's Register documents a schooner Catherine built in 1848 in Belfast with a port of Ellsworth.

It was traditional for sailing vessels to be repaired while grounded out in the harbors of Mount Desert Island. As of 2012, her timbers can still be seen at low tide.

The back of the Somesville Library is visible on the left. Fernald's Store; later A.J. Whiting Store, then Port-in-a-Storm Bookstore, presently Frenchman's Bay Gallery; is second from left. Nathan Salisbury house is third from left. The Lewis Some house is fourth from left. The Somes House Inn is on the right, covered by trees across the Cove. On the back of the photo are the words, "The Sunken Schooner Catherine after people dismantled her."

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  • Title: Schooner Catherine, Somesville, ca. 1950
  • Creator: Mount Desert Island Historical Society
  • Creation Date: 1950
  • Subject Date: circa 1950
  • Location: Mount Desert, Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8 cm x 10.5 cm
  • Local Code: MDIHS997358523-3
  • Object Type: Image

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Mount Desert Island Historical Society
PO Box 653, 353 Sound Drive, Mount Desert, ME 04660
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