Title

From 1873 and lasting into the 1940s, a competition called the Penobscot Bay ste

Authors

Harry Gratwick

Source

Island Journal

Date

2011

Volume Number

Volume 27

Pages

52-57

Abstract

From 1873 and lasting into the 1940s, a competition called the Penobscot Bay steamboat "wars" took place among steamboat companies vying to have the fastest steamboat ferry service between Rockland and the Fox Islands (Vinalhaven and North Haven). Includes details about the Frenchman's Bay Steamboat Company, the Fox Island and Rockland Steamboat Company, and the different steamboats that provided ferry service starting with the Pioneer in 1867 and ending with the Vinal Haven and the W.S. White in the 1940s. With photographs of several steamboats and sidebar on the end of the sailing packet era.

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