Sailors line the north side of T-Wharf as a small number of curious onlookers watch them. Behind them, a two-masted schooner is docked at the wharf, but I doubt the schooner had any relation to these sailors. More likely, the sailors were ashore off one of the warships that regularly visited Rockport in those days, and the schooner was one of the granite schooners that regularly tied up there.
Although the caption identifies these men as sailors, most appear to be wearing a khaki-colored uniform that looks more like a Marine or Army uniform from the period. I’m no expert in military apparel, but I have to wonder if these men are Marines.
In the background to the left of the postcard, you can see the large building at the foot of Bearskin Neck that still stands there today, as you can see from the photo to the right. Just to the left of this building in the early 1900s was Waddell’s boat yard. I think this building was part of Waddell’s.
This postcard was published by The Rotograph Co. of New York City and was printed in Germany. The company was in business only from 1904 to 1911.