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A Tennis Court View of Straitsmouth Island, circa 1919

I have to assume that this tennis court, with its clear and proximate view of Straitsmouth Island, was part of the old Straitsmouth Inn, out on Gap Head Road, off Marmion Way. But then I went down there and tried … Continue reading

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View of Straitsmouth Island, Rockport, Mass., circa 1914

In this unusual view, Straitsmouth Island and its lighthouse stand off in the distance, with a ship about to pass them by. If anyone has any idea of from where this was taken, I’d love to hear it. The perspective … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Defenders ‘Weetamoe’ and ‘Vanitie’ off Straitsmouth, 1932

In 1930, for the first time in America’s Cup competition, a universal rule was adopted for the design of eligible yachts, the J class. These J Class yachts had a waterline length of between 75 to 87 feet. Only 10 … Continue reading

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Straitsmouth Island and Lighthouse, Rockport, Mass., 1905

Note the misspelling of Straitsmouth as “Straithmouth” on this 1905 postcard from the Rotograph Co. of New York City. That aside, this is a beautiful and serene view of the island and lighthouse. Compare this view of the lighthouse with this 1895 … Continue reading

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Straitsmouth Island & Lighthouse, Rockport, Mass., circa 1909

This view of Straitsmouth Island and the Straitsmouth Lighthouse bears a postmark of Jan. 6, 1910. The postcard was published by The Rotograph Co., New York City. Compare this view of Straitsmouth Island with this one and this one.

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Panorama, Straitsmouth, Rockport, Mass., circa 1912

Here is a bird’s-eye view looking down Marmion Way towards Gap Head, Straitsmouth Island and Gap Cove. To the left, on Gap Head, you see the old Straitsmouth Inn. Beyond the inn is Straitsmouth Island, where you can make out … Continue reading

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Old Cape Ann Sloop Sailing Through the Gap, circa 1925

This postcard shows a “Cape Ann sloop” sailing through the gap between Straitsmouth Island and Gap Head. The Straitsmouth Island lighthouse is visible in the background. The postcard was published by Rockport Photo Bureau and printed by The Albertype Co., … Continue reading

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The Harbor, The Headlands and Straitsmouth Point, c. 1920

In the nearly 90-plus years since this picture was taken, little has changed. Different boats were moored there then, there is no light on the end of the jetty, and close inspection would no doubt reveal changes in the houses … Continue reading

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Straitsmouth Light, Rockport, Mass., circa 1895

This postcard comes with a bit of mystery. It appears to have been published around 1910 (and is postmarked 1915) and purports to show the Straitsmouth Light. The reverse side of the card describes the light as situated “on the … Continue reading

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The Straitsmouth Inn, Rockport, Mass., 1908

In a post yesterday, I mentioned the Straitsmouth Inn, which stood on Gap Head from 1906 until it burned to the ground on New Year’s Eve in 1958. Built and operated by Ella S. Wilkinson, the inn could accommodate 100 guests. Postmarked … Continue reading

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