"Governor Brann," Islesboro-Lincolnville Beach, ca. 1936

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Governor Brann was Islesboro's first automobile ferry. It was enthusiastically welcomed in 1936 by islanders, who since 1913 had lived with a ban on driving automobiles on Islesboro public roads. The ban was a legislative act enacted under the influence of summer residents who did not want the peacefulness of the island disturbed by the noise of automobiles. After numerous attempts, the ban was lifted on March 17, 1933.

Initially scows carried automobiles across the bay, but beginning June 17, 1936, a ferry, financed owned and managed by the Town of Islesboro, provided service from Lincolnville Beach to Grindle Point on Islesboro.

Named for then-Governor Louis J. Brann, the new vessel was a 65-foot double-ended, wooden-hulled ferry that could carry six cars. The fare for an automobile was $1 and $.25 for a passenger. It soon became obvious that the ferry was too small to meet the demand for service. In 1937, 27 feet were added to the Governor Brann to increase its capacity to 12 cars.

The Governor Brann ran until 1957, when the state became the owner and operator, and the 24-car Governor Muskie went into service. In 1987, it was replaced by the Margaret Chase Smith, named for Maine's U.S. Senator.

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  • Title: "Governor Brann," Islesboro-Lincolnville Beach, ca. 1936
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1936
  • Subject Date: circa 1936
  • Location: Lincolnville, Waldo County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.101227
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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