Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Launching of the “Evelyn and Ralph”, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

[Update: I first posted this as circa 1923. I then found a reference to this vessel in 1921. Thus, I have changed my estimate of the date to 1920.] Shipbuilding was a common enterprise on Bearskin Neck in the early … Continue reading

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Winter Scene Near the ‘Old Castle,’ Pigeon Cove, circa 1930

With a nod to this week’s snow and cold, here is a snowy scene from the past. It shows people riding a horse-drawn sled near The Old Castle, near the intersection of Curtis Street and Granite Street. The Old Castle, … Continue reading

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Sunrise, Sandy Bay Harbor of Refuge, circa 1906

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, warships from the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Squadron were regular visitors to Sandy Bay. News reports from the time suggest the squadron’s arrival was always a notable event. For example, a July 9, 1899, … Continue reading

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Main St. Looking East, Rockport, Mass., 1911

Postmarked in 1911, surely no one could have imagined then that, 100 years later, the building at the center would become the site for the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Note the horses and buggies, the trolley tracks, and the women’s … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Bridge between Rockport and Pigeon Cove

Several old postcards show the granite bridge that still connects Rockport and Pigeon Cove. But this is the only one I’ve seen that includes the locomotive that hauled granite between Flat Ledge Quarry and Granite Pier. The Rockport Granite Company, … Continue reading

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The Town Turned Upside Town, Rockport, Mass., circa 1945

This is one of my favorite images of Rockport. The photograph is by Virginia Cleaves Little. Although the postcard is not dated, I am guessing it was shot between 1940 and 1945, based on other photographs by her. Worth noting … Continue reading

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Putting the Top on the Sandy Bay Breakwater, circa 1912

It might have been the Big Dig of its day. In 1882, the U.S. Congress authorized a survey of Sandy Bay “with a view to the construction of a breakwater for a harbor of refuge.” The goal was to create … Continue reading

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