Keywords: Steamer Bay State
The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?
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…