Ferry on the Back River, Westport Island, 1941

Contributed by Maine Department of Transportation


The "Westport Ferry" is pictured carrying a dump truck across the Back River from Westport Island to Wiscasset. Westport Island is visible in the background.

The ferry was a scow guided by a cable that ran along the bottom of the Back River. The ferry traveled east/west against a north/south tide. Ferry operators could move the scow along the cable by hand or enlist the power of a small motor boat, which in this picture is visible alongside the ferry.

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  • Title: Ferry on the Back River, Westport Island, 1941
  • Creation Date: 1941
  • Subject Date: 1941
  • Location: Westport Island, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Department of Transportation
16 SHS Child St., Augusta, ME 04333

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