“You might want to go with boats, water, steamers, piers...” Alan Burnett writes below his Sepia Saturday prompt photo...
Here’s the passenger boat from
Boston steaming into Linnekin Bay in East Boothbay, , headed for the public landing on Murray Hill in about 1900. The tide is low, but there’s still enough water for the steamer; there are a couple of sailboats moored in the bay and even a fishing boat tied to one of the floats on the right. Maine
Lots of boats, but it’s that steamer that lifts my heart!
Every summer it carried my grandfather’s family from their home in
Boston to Maine; it also transported my grandmother’s family on the final leg of their journey from Tiona, Pennylvania to their summer house on the same shoreline– a trip that involved trains from Tiona to Boston, then the steamer from Boston to . Maine
My grandparents met here in
East Boothbay; they courted here, married, then spent every summer of their lives here, bringing their children and, eventually, their grandchildren. We still own a house here – there have been five generations of us to summer on Murray Hill!
This is the old Gould summer home; the young boy sitting on the top step is my grandfather. The house looks amazingly the same in 2013, although there are houses packed close on either side of it now.
So there you have it: boats, water, steamers, piers.
I’m on board with it...
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