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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Old buildings

… Society Johnson's or Potato Island with Harry Johnson's boat yard and the Patch Medicinal Oil factory where cod liver oil was pressed.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Draining Baird's Quarry

and Isaac Stinson in a boat in the Quarry Pond, Minturn, Swan's Island. The men are setting up the hose to drain the pond.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Old buildings

… left was the office where they sold various small boat related items and there was a place for the bookkeeper.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Lobstering

Boat engines and fishing equipment also changed. Fishing for tuna with a harpoon, Swan's Island, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Quarrying

Boats under sail (in the 1890s) or steam boats, soon thereafter, would come into Burnt Coat Harbor and collect brick sized cut stone.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Summer Pleasures

… enjoyed a picnic at the beach or a ride in a boat. Four friends at Fine Sand Beach, Swan's Island, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement

Chebacco boats were larger, two-masted vessels. These boats were after cod and haddock, the only marketable fish at the time.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Maritime Tales: Shipyards and Shipwrecks - Page 1 of 2

The shipyard and the seaport ceased to exist. Boat Building: Lobster Boats and Skiffs Dory with Twin Girls, Scarborough, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders at Work

Initially these settlers came to cut timber for boat building and to cultivate the land for their family’s food. Early fishing schooner, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Island Postmistresses

… Desert and was brought to this island when a sail boat chanced to visit those places This was very inconvenient to the settlers and often the…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Farming

Sheep would often be put on a boat and brought to one of the smaller outer islands for grazing. The independence of islanders to raise their own food…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Caring For Our Families and Friends

Using its boat Sunbeam, the Mission “aids the (Maine coastal or island) town or plantation in finding and supporting a nurse or physician” including…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Stores

… Society Stock for the stores would arrive by boat. In 1894 when the first steamboat began a daily trip between Swan’s Island and Rockland…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - IV. Transitions and troubles: Private enterprise shoulders an island’s needs

Transportation was taken over by individual boat owners, who served as an on-demand ferry system. "Sunbeam" as a car ferry, Swan's Island, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

By 1890 prices grew higher and boats grew larger as the easy to reach lobsters closer inland grew scarce.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - V. Changing times: the Swan’s Island Ferry

… of Bass Harbor for convenience, and the current boat, Captain Henry Lee, can carry up to seventeen vehicles and makes multiple daily trips year…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 3 of 4

Eventually lobster boats of about 26 feet in length were designed with inboard engines. Use of gasoline or diesel engines enabled lobstermen to fish…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Scarborough Historical Society

Other interests are just as varied: conservation, boating and boating education, gardening, politics, and community service.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 1 of 4

… job, some lobstermen operated fishing party boats summer afternoons, taking groups to catch mackerel, pollack, flounder, cod and haddock along the…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Maritime Tales: Shipyards and Shipwrecks - Page 2 of 2

The Coast Guard could not get lines on the boat the first day, but they were successful at high tide the next day.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Transportation Through the Years - Page 1 of 4

Travel of any distance was usually via boat or horseback. The arrival of the train, and later the trolley, allowed residents greater flexibility of…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 4 of 4

… press has had stories related to a shooting and boats being sunk over territorial disputes! A reason for the local decline in observing…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Historical Overview - Page 2 of 4

… the garrison, all but his own family had left in boats. Jocelyn surrendered the garrison and was briefly held captive.

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Water Transportation

Boats of all sizes and types, from rowboats and small sailboats, to fishing boats were used for this purpose.