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Page 4. MAINE COASTAL NEWS November 2015


Maine Coastal News Winterport, Maine 04496-0710 U.S.A.


P.O. Box 710 (207) 223-8846 Fax (207) 223-9004 E-mail - igmatats@aol.com Web site: www.mainescoast.com Publisher's Note Maine Coastal News is published 12 times a year and is dedicated to covering the news


along the entire coast of Maine, Kittery to Eastport. We cover general marine news, commercial fi shing, yachting (power and sail), boat yard and waterfront news and maritime history. Distribution of Maine Coastal News is from Eastport to Marblehead, MA and is free on


the newsstand. It also can be obtained by subscription. A year subscription, 12 issues, is $20.00. A single copy is $2.00, which covers the postage. Foreign rates for subscriptions are $40.00 per year.


T e Maine Coastal News offi ce is located at 966 North Main Street, Winterport, Maine. Comments or additional information write: Maine Coastal News, P.O. Box 710, Winterport,


Maine 04496.


There is no secret that I love docu- menting history. Every Friday I am at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, reading through old issues of the Belfast paper, Republican Journal. This paper be- gan in 1829 and I have completed coping out marine-related articles up to 1862 and numerous other months up to about 1905. Some will probably ask why and others will dispute the accuracy of using a newspaper for historical facts. I am sure that I have stated this before, but the newspapers are a wealth of information to the historian, and for the general reader there are a lot of fascinating stories as well.


Publisher Editor-in-Chief


Jon B. Johansen Rachel Elward


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MCN's Calendar


On-Going Exhibits: – 1 November 2015


Making the Best of It: The Spirit and Work Ethic of Marine People Maine Maritime Museum Bath


Info: (207) 443-1316


14 November 2015 – 15 May 2016 Wavelength: The Story of Signals at Sea


Maine Maritime Museum Bath


Info: (207) 443-1316 JANUARY


NOVEMBER 3-7 – 5th


World Maritime Technology Conference


RI Convention Center & Omni Hotel


Providence Info: www.sname.org/2015 wmtc/ home


7 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 772-7245


14 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 772-7245


21 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 772-7245


28 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 772-7245


19 Rockland Lobster Boat Races Rockland Harbor @ Breakwater Rockland


Info: Dot Black Please send resume to cym@stroutspoint.com DECEMBER 1-3 - NEFMC Meeting


Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland


10 Maine Built Boats Global Out- reach Conference “Yacht Designer’s Forum” Maine Maritime Museum Bath


Info: (207) 899-7570 2016


26-28 - NEFMC Meeting Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth, NH


MARCH 18-20 Maine Boatbuilder’s Show Portland Yacht Service 58 Fore Street Portland


Info: (207) 774-1067 APRIL


19-21 - NEFMC Meeting Hilton Hotel Mystic, CT


JUNE 18 Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races


Boothbay Harbor


Info: Marshall Farnham (207) 380-5892


HELP WANTED Marine Mechanic


At Strouts Point Wharf Company South Freeport, Maine 04078


We are a 110 slip marina specializing in wood boat restoration, 25 ton Traveliſt and 15 ton crane.


Seeking full time mechanic with at least 5 years experience with inboard gas and diesel, I/Os, outboards, plumbing and electrical. We will train you for Honda dealership and electronics.


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Last Friday while at the Museum, I was kicked out of the reading room where the microfi lm machine is and instead of going home, decided to go up and read some issues of the “Atlantic Fisherman.” This magazine began back in the early 1920s and published up into the 1950s when they were purchased, along with the Maine Coast Fisherman and Pacifi c Fisherman, to create the National Fisherman. I was searching for some added details on the loss of the Gloucester schooner COLUMBIA, which we wrote up in the last issue. While reading through the issues for 1927 looking for her loss I came across lots of other great information. There was an article on the sardine carrier MEDRIC and lobster smack AEROLITE, a great article on Corea Harbor, a number of schooners, disasters and the usual boat yard and captain write ups. I spent most of the weekend tran- scribing the articles in 1923 and 1924 and was only able to start 1927, which I hope to fi nish this weekend.


In reading through the articles as I put them into a computer, I realized there may be more to the story of the evolution of the lobster boat. There was mention of A. B. Rogers from Jonesport saying he was the designer of the Jonesport model. It is well accepted that William Frost is the father of the Maine lobster boat, but what part did others play, like Rogers? The fi rst builder on Beals was George Brown and unfortunately there is little information what he contrib- uted. I would also like to know a lot more about Maurice Dow of Roque Bluffs. Was it he that introduced the torpedo stern boat, or someone else?


Every time I sit down and go through the old periodicals or newspapers, I fi ll in some of the blanks, but many times I leave with additional questions.


In the January 1923 issue of the Atlantic Fisherman there was this article: Lost off Maine Coast


Word comes from Stonington that Her- bert Judkins was washed overboard from the fi shing smack MARY J. BEALS last Satur- day and drowned. The tragedy happened off Boon Island.


The young man was making the trip


with James Holland who telegraphed the sad news back from Boston immediately upon his arrival there.


The deceased was about 25 years of age and was the only son of Guy Almon Judkins of Stonington.


We do not know as much as we should about the lobster smacks. Arthur S. Wood- ward has given us the best account to-date and that is because he was skipper of one and paid attention to what was going on and fortunately wrote it down. I have not heard much about this smack MARY J. BEALS. Also it should be noted that the skipper of the boat, James Holland, is Glenn Holland’s grandfather. A name I have run across before was


John A. Beal, of Beals Island, as the owner of a number of boats registered at the Machias Custom House. So I was pleasantly sur- prised when I found an article written by him about vessels lost with ties to Jonesport and an autobiography. I sent this to Carol Davis of the Beals Island Historical Society and she posted it on their Facebook page. Velton Peabody, who has done a lot of research, questioned some of the information, but it gives us a start. The following year I found John’s obituary, which shed more light on him.


The early history of commercial fi shing has been poorly documented. What worries me, is what is our source for commercial fi shing information before 1921? You see items mentioned here and there pertaining to launches, captains and disasters and at times what their fare was is the newspapers. The detailed information on this subject is not included in most papers. So not only did I fi nd the information on the launching in 1923 of COLUMBIA, but also her race with the BLUENOSE and then her loss with all hands in 1923. It was an extremely interesting time in history. Over Columbus Weekend, I headed


south to have Thanksgiving with the family. My wife and I then headed to Cape Cod to see what we could fi nd for information in the cemeteries. A romantic get-away! The fi rst interesting gravestone we found was that of Capt. “Mad Jack” Percival in West Barnsta- ble. He was an interesting person spending most of his life in the U. S. Navy and trained many of the leaders who took part in the Civ- il War. Then it was down to Truro to try and fi nd information on the loss of the schooner RACHEL in 1798. I had found a grave stone in Sullivan to her captain, but it said that he was buried on the Cape. Unfortunately, we did not come up with his stone, but we found plenty of others captains and seaman, many of whom lost their lives at sea. So the search continues…


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