Hauling the boat "Verlie" to shore, Westport Island, ca. 1900

Contributed by Westport Island History Committee


Ernest Colby drove the horses that hauled the boat Verlie--which was named after his sister--down to the shore.

Colby's father, Charles, owned the farm pictured in the background. Ernest's future brother-in-law, Fred Greenleaf, stood by the fence with Charles Colby.

Verlie Colby Greenleaf would later reminisce that everyone had rowboats in those days. Her father rowed to Wiscasset to get the groceries and the mail from a post office box he kept. Although Westport had a post office in the center of the island, it was easier to row to Wiscasset to get the mail than it was to travel a few miles by road down the island.

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  • Title: Hauling the boat "Verlie" to shore, Westport Island, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Locations:
    • Westport Island, Lincoln County, ME
    • Wiscasset, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10 cm x 13 cm
  • Local Code: ColbyGreenleaf.Photo.10.circa1900
  • Collection: Colby Greenleaf Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
(207) 882-8477

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