Monhegan Wharf circa 1910
8″x10″ photo print
Throngs of rusticators wait to board the steamer May Archer while George Cazallis’ team of horses waits on the wharf. This wooden wharf was constructed in 1908 after the previous wharf washed away in a severe winter storm. It is clearly used by the local fishermen as well as the tourists as is demonstrated by the pile of wooden lobster buoys and traps in the foreground. The May Archer brought the summer mail and passengers to the island between 1907 and 1916. The bi-weekly trip with passengers and mail would leave from Thomaston, travel three hours to Monhegan, and then on to Boothbay Harbor. More mail and passengers would be collected in Boothbay Harbor and the vessel would return to Monhegan and pick up passengers for a late afternoon trip back to Thomaston.
Alta Ashly wrote of her childhood voyages “The ‘May Archer’ was anything but luxurious, although she did boast of a few staterooms, a heated salon and cardroom and wide decks. . . She was rather top-heavy and rolled and tossed on the open waters between the islands and Monhegan.”
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