As I’ve mentioned in posts before, the town went all out to greet the visiting sailors when the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Squadron made its annual visit to Rockport. Although the quality of this picture is poor, it shows sailors landing at T-Wharf, with a large crowd there to greet them, all decked out in their finest attire. Note the women in long dresses holding parasols.
The sign on the far right, as best I can make it out, says, “Naval Y.M.C.A. of the Town for the Men of the Squadron.”
In an earlier post, the picture showed one of these same vessels entering the harbor from the fleet anchored offshore. I conjectured that it might be some sort of water taxi. As you can see here, there are actually several of these craft. A more likely guess is that they belong to the warships and are used to ferry sailors ashore.
This card identifies no publisher or date. It is safe to say the picture was taken right around 1907, give or take a year.