Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Around Christmas Cove, Maine

Just one peninsula over from Pemaquid is South Bristol, which includes Walpole and Christmas Cove (on Rutherford Island).  It is well known historically for its commercial fishing as well as for its thriving summer community.

The Christmas Cove Improvement Association Clubhouse (formerly called the Casino)
Raking the Courts

These pictures of South Bristol were taken over 25 years ago.  Original photographs from archives.
Now a marina with available boat storage and repairs, Harvey Gamage was well known in his day for building boats, 288 in all.   For about 50 years (until 1976)  he built everything - fishing boats, sailboats, powerboats and windjammers, including the MARY DAY <http://schoonermaryday.com/> launched in 1965.
This Harvey Gamage shed, shown here in 1980, was demolished about five years ago.
Much anticipated work at the Gut (here, 2014) replaced one of the few remaining swing bridges in Maine.  Residents on Rutherford Island have had to deal with a repeatedly "stuck" bridge for about 14 years, often having to pull it closed with pick-up trucks or sometimes, by hand.