Keywords: Steamer Bay State
Since 1897, the Jameson & Wotton Wharf in Friendship has been an important addition to the community on Muscongus Bay. The wharf, which is accessible at all tides, was a steamboat stop for many years, as well as important to the lobster business.
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
… points on the island for the convenience of these steamers and the islanders. Summer resorts built wharves at Ryder's Cove, Hewes Point and Dark…
… Desert Ferry, in Frenchman Bay, from which a steamer ran to Bar Harbor. The island had already been getting visitors before the steamship service…