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Big Antique Photo SS Camden at Belfast Maine Wharf, 1920s Nautical Port Steamship

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  • Vintage from the 1920s
  • Materials: Photo

  • Width: 5.5 inches
  • Height: 9.5 inches

We are pleased to offer this antique photo (really a large cabinet card) of a nautical scene. The focus of the photo is the wharf at Belfast, Maine. Moored is the SS Camden. There are markings on two parts, and the dates are different. (Both are in the 1920's.) On the frame backing is named the steamship's captain, Charles Crockett [misspelled] of Winterport Maine. And the Quartermaster was William G White. (My guess is that this came down from the Quartermaster's estate but I could of course be wrong.)

The Camden was built in 1907 at Bath Iron Works for the Eastern Steamship Lines. “The new, steel turbine steamer Camden made her first trip on Saturday, June 22nd, arriving in Camden at 6 a.m. She had made a record-breaking run from Boston to Rockland in 8 ½ hours. A crowd of over 600 people were on hand to greet the ship, with the Camden Band providing music for the occasion."

The Camden made the overnight run between Boston and Bangor for many years. (In the era when vehicles expensive and roads were rough, going to sleep in Boston and waking up in Downeast Maine was a luxury worth paying for.) In 1936, the steamship was sold to the Colonial Line and renamed the Comet and ran between NYC and Providence, RI. During WWII it was used as a troop transport in Hawaii; in 1948, the ship was towed to Asia for service on the Yangtze and was broken up shortly after that in Hong Kong.

Length: 320.5
Breadth: 40.0
Draught: 16.1
Gross tonnage: 2153.0
Speed: 18 knots

(Her twin, the Belfast -also built at Bath- was launched two years later. In that era, Belfast was a hub for steamer traffic. The steamship wharf was a busy place with boats carrying passengers to bayside towns, summer excursions and fishing grounds. By the 1930s, the era of steamboats was coming to an end; roads had improved, automobiles were affordable and bridges now carried vehicles across rivers...)

Okay, back to this wonderful and unique piece. It is a 5.5" x 9.5" photo mounted on a cut-down cabinet card measuring 7.5" x 11".

Cabinet cards were supposedly not in use after World War I. Perhaps because this was a larger photo, or the photographer still had this left over in their stock? Or could it be earlier than the the two handwritten dates, 1923 and 1927?

Its condition is as you see it, some spots and a bump on the "mat" (really the backing card for the thin photo).

What a fantastic antique historic photo of a Maine wharf to collect and display!

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