Wiscasset Schooner – 1971

Photo of the Week – February 11, 2015

The Wiscasset Schooner, Luther Little – Photo 1971

Wiscasset Schooner, Maine, 1971. The schooner finally collapsed and the rubble was dredged from the river.

Wiscasset Schooner, Maine, 1971. The schooner finally collapsed and the rubble was dredged from the river.

Luther Little was built in 1917 by Read Brothers Co., Somerset, MA. The schooner worked both in coastal and deep-water trades early in her career. In 1920 she grounded in Haiti, remained stuck for two weeks, and nearly became a loss, but was refloated without serious damage. By the mid-1920’s the schooner was laid up (moored, taken out of service). In June of 1932 she was auctioned to a Mr. Frank Winter, who had her towed to Wiscasset and laid up alongside the railroad wharf. She never moved again. Mr. Winter had planned to restore the vessel and use it to haul coal north to Wiscasset and lumber south. He died before he could implement his plan. By 1980, the ships were clearly rotting hulks, although still recognizable. By the mid 1990s, only piles of rubble remained, which were dredged from the river.

For many years, the hulks of several schooners in Wiscasset were tourist attractions.

This photo was taken in 1971 using 35mm Kodachrome 64 film. The original slide was scanned after 40 years in storage. The image was dusty, but the colors are still good—the subject is not very colorful. After scanning, I used PaintShop Pro X4 to clean dust spots from the image.

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3 Responses to Wiscasset Schooner – 1971

  1. Dust unto dust – or mud onto mud? There is so much romance in these old ships – I wish it were easier to still the demands of decay for a while. We can learn true seamanship from them.

  2. merlinjr01 says:

    I agree. Although only working schooners, they were majestic vessels up until then end.

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