Islesboro in the Steamship Age: Wrecks, Ferries, and Retreats

Islesboro, in Penobscot Bay, was a busy place during the steamship era. As motorized ships replaced schooners as the vehicle of choice for moving cargo and passengers, some skippers continued to work the bay under sail. Some of them, including the Alice E. Clark, met their end on the rocky ledges surrounding the island. This series of images from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collections chronicle the end of the Age of Sail on one of Maine’s most exclusive island retreats.