Bygone Coastal Maine by Earl Brechlin

By Earl Brechlin

This can be the 3rd in Earl Brechlin's sequence of small books that includes colour reproductions of old postcards. Captions contrary each one ancient card describe the pictures, so much of which date from 1900 to 1930. The postcards record various fascinating destinations, together with previous Orchard seashore, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset, and a number of other lighthouses.

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STILL SAILING TODAY FOR MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY, THAT VESSEL WAS USED BY ADMIRAL DONALD B. MACMILLAN TO EXPLORE THE ARCTIC. EARLY SHIPYARDS INCLUDED HODGDON’S, WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1816, MCDOUGALL AND HOLTON, AND SEVERAL RUN BY THE ADAMS, REED, FULLER, MURRAY, SEAVEY, AND RICE FAMILIES. GOUDY AND STEVENS, ESTABLISHED IN 1920, WENT OUT OF BUSINESS IN 1994 AND WAS PURCHASED BY HODGDON’S. 82. LOBSTER HATCHERY, BOOTHBAY HARBOR MCKOWN POINT HAS LONG BEEN A FOCUS OF MARINE RESEARCH. S. BUREAU OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ESTABLISHED A FISH HATCHERY AND LOBSTER-REARING STATION THERE IN 1901.

THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES NOW OPERATES THE MARINE RESOURCES AQUARIUM AT THIS SITE. S. COAST GUARD BASE ALSO GRACE THE POINT, ALTHOUGH BIGELOW PURCHASED LAND IN EAST BOOTHBAY IN 2003 FOR A NEW FACILITY. 83. THE OLD STUDIO, COMMONWEALTH ART COLONY, BOOTHBAY HARBOR EARLY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, BOOTHBAY WAS A MAGNET FOR ARTISTS AND THOSE SEEKING INSPIRATION. THREE MAJOR SEASONAL ART COLONIES FLOURISHED THERE: THE COMMONWEALTH ART COLONY, BOOTHBAY STUDIOS, AND THE ANSON K. CROSS VISION-TRAINING ART SCHOOL.

AS EVIDENCED BY THE LARGE BUILDINGS ON THE FAR SHORE, LARGE HOMES AND HOTELS WERE BEGINNING TO REPLACE STRUCTURES ALONG MAINE’S WORKING WATERFRONT EVEN AROUND THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. 12. SPARHAWK HALL, OGUNQUIT THE ORIGINAL SPARHAWK HOTEL WAS NAMED AFTER FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR FIGHTER COLONEL NATHANIEL SPARHAWK, WHO WAS ALSO THE SON­IN-LAW OF FAMOUS SACO RESIDENT SIR WILLIAM PEPPERRELL. IT WAS BUILT BY NEHEMIAH JACOBS IN 1897 AND BURNED IN OCTOBER 1899. A NEW BUILDING, PICTURED ON THIS POSTCARD, TOOK ITS PLACE.

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