Steamer Frank Jones, Mount Desert Island, ca. 1940

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The sidewheel steamer Frank Jones was built in 1892 by the New England Company of Bath, its engines by the Bath Iron Works. The ship was 1634 gross tons, 263 feet long, 36 foot beam, and 1200 horse power with two Scotch boilers. She ran between Portland and Machias. However, the ship was not very successful and thought of as a cranky roller. Frank Jones had just two accidents while working in Maine: one happened on a foggy morning when the City of Bangor ship rammed her, and the other happened when a log was pulled into her paddle wheel.

Due to finances Maine Central sold her to Henry Whitcomb of Worcester, Massachusetts. She ran for the Enterprise Line (later the Fall River Line) between Fall River, Massachusetts and New York City.

In 1908 the Frank Jones began working for the Albany and New York Transportation Company (later the Manhattan Line) between New York City and Albany, New York.

In 1910 the ship was renamed Fenimore and sold to New York, Albany, and Troy Transportation Company, also known as the Capital City Line and ran on the Hudson River.

In 1916 she sailed to Washington and entered the U. S. Navy to aid in WWI. She carried ammunition. In 1918 while parked at a dock in York River she exploded.

Copyright by W. H. Ballard

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  • Title: Steamer Frank Jones, Mount Desert Island, ca. 1940
  • Creator: Willis H Ballard
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: 1892
  • Location: Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 13.75 cm x 8.75 cm
  • Local Code: JML PC 23998
  • Object Type: Image

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