Yachts in Camden Harbor , ca. 1925

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This 1920s scene showis a schooner yacht, yawl, and three luxury steam yachts moored off Sherman's Point in Camden Harbor. Some of the country's largest, most sumptuous yachts belonged to summer residents of Camden.

The large steam yacht in the middle Cyrus H. K. Curtis's 228-foot Lyndonia II, built in 1920 after its predecessor had been acquired by the U.S. Government and converted to Navy use.

Curtis was a native Mainer who founded a publishing empire that made him one of the richest men in America.

Lyndonia II's captain was Albert Rich of Camden, and the vessel had a crew of 39. A New York Times reporter, who likened the boat to an ocean liner, interviewed Curtis on his yacht in 1922. "Yachting is not a hobby for me. It is a necessity. I spend half my time on this ship," Curtis said.

He oversaw much of his business from the vessel, whether in Boston, Portland, or Philadelphia, holding meetings of 20 men in the dining room. "A yacht's a good business investment. It's good business from every point of view — work, health, pleasure, everything," Curtis declared.

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  • Title: Yachts in Camden Harbor , ca. 1925
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1925
  • Subject Date: circa 1925
  • Location: Camden, Knox County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.106413
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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Penobscot Marine Museum
PO Box 498, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-2529

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