Monday, January 21, 2013

Camden Windjammers, 1964

Photos from our archives
Camden Windjammer Mercantile, now a National Historic Landmark was built in 1916,  and restored in 1989.  She is still in service today with Maine Windjammer Cruises, the first and oldest fleet.  Here are some photos from the archives of a Windjammer cruise from 1964.











The Schooner Mattie












I want every item he is wearing.






































Going ashore on Campbell Island for a Driftwood  Fire Clambake






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Pumpkin Island Lighthouse, at the Northwestern End of  Eggemoggin Reach near Little Deer Isle

















Downtown Camden in 1964 was where Peyton Place. was filmed seven years earlier










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Thanks to you, I have just spent the early morning in the salt water and air enjoying the decks of ships. I'll 'visit' this again many times.   
The Windjammers may see more sailors this summer. I hope they have as wonderful memories as I have from three outings with my folks. I can still smell the coffee on deck before dawn and the woodfire baking bread  for the day. Sounds, too, of the islands waking up. Birds, maybe a barking dog, maybe a bell...and the wonderful creaking of the wooden ship.


42 comments:

Laurie said...

Beautiful! Where do I sign up?

Brad Cole said...

Wonderful photos - all of them!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent!

Chris from New Hampshire said...

If I were doing a blog on Coastal New England, I would have used these on week 1! I admire your restraint in holding them back for three years.

Laurie Ann said...

Absolutely lovely! I checked out their web site and will book a day cruise for my trip to Maine this summer! Many thanks for all your great info.

Chris said...

These are my absolute favorite types of postings from you. Makes me want to jump into the photographs and join in the fun and activities (boating, bikinis and photography - what more could want?). Fantastic story telling and capture of another time and place. Thank you for sharing these!

Anonymous said...

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous.
I sailed on the tall ship Concordia for 7 months during 1999. Living on a tall ship was a life changing experience - some of the best and worst times of my life.
Unfortunately the Concordia sank of the coast of Brazil a few years ago...I will never forget her!

Thanks for the great post!

Mona said...

Thank you for sharing these photos! Beautiful and delightful set.

Lane said...

I recognize French and Braun's green striped awning. Love these cruises, esp if not foggy.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos with us!
Erica in Cazenovia, NY

Sarah Faragher said...

Such great photos. Good to see Mount Desert Island on that chart. Nice to see some Keds, too. (Gosh I love Keds.)

While there are an awful lot of people on this schooner, I still can't help humming to myself, "Suntanned, windblown, honeymooners at last alone..."

Bitsy said...

Stunning!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful & privileged life -- blessings hopefully counted...!!


Etheline said...

What a treat. Thanks so much for sharing. If there was a day to go back in time to be apart of that one looked pretty iconically great!!

Mummy said...

..like a live version of "One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey.

WRJ said...

Truly fantastic photos. The brunette in the sunglasses is bewitching. You've convinced me to try to rustle up some friends to drag along on one of these cruises this coming summer.

The gentleman whose outfit you covet is further evidence in my continued quest to prove that sweaters and shorts are not mutually exclusive items of clothing, especially near or on the water. (Many seem to regard the combination with confusion.) I wear canvas sneakers similar to his often--but I go with un-preppy Vans, for 1/3 less than the Sperry sneakers, with better colors but similarly designed to grip to a shifting surface.

Juli said...

Beautiful photos; thanks for sharing these with us. As a landlocked former marina owner now living in the Lone Star state, I'm longing for the salt air and open sea. You've inspired me, Muffy; I just sent my "mate" an e-card from Maine Windjammer Cruises. Perhaps a five-day cruise, this summer? Keeping fingers crossed......

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful! My favorite post ever. The images are all spectacular.

Bob Henkel said...

2 of those pics are particularly stunning--the one of the close-up portrait of the blonde girl w the white headband--makes you want to know where she is today. Also the one of the young guy in the water hanging from the bow--Herb Ritts would seethe withe jealousy at that photo. That photo could be the basis of a terrific summer novel.

Flo said...

Awesome photos! And check out the muscles on some of those guys :) I love the pictures of Camden, a nice little flashback to life in a much simpler time.

Kathie Truitt said...

the girls are so cute! Is the blonde with the head band and pretty eyes your mother?

Susan R said...

Oh my word! These photos make my heart go pitter pat. The boats are lovely and the people gorgeous. And (yes, I know you're not supposed to start a sentence with AND)I love the "he-ing and she-ing".
Thank you for this, it made my day.

Nick M said...

Wow. Even better than sailing the Thames or the Humber.

Where's my Time Machine - I want to go INTO these pictures.

Anonymous said...

What great photographs! The spirit of the day and the great time everyone was obviously having really came through in the images. I agree with Chris - I want to jump in and join the festivities! --Holly in PA

Anonymous said...

My favorite picture is of the navigation desk instruments: compass, chart, horn, parallel rule, log book, pencil and ROCK.

Anonymous said...

yeah, Muffy, you just need a publisher and some time to seriously sort through the old photos. This is really good stuff, and well done throughout. I can't imagine it wouldn't sell; perhaps the Yankee Almanac people can publish it.

pve design said...

Magnificent time. Everyone looks so connected.
Gorgeous.
pve

Paul Connors said...

Once again, the B & W photos by your Dad are so evocative of the time and place. As a photographer myself, who came to digital late, I have to confess that while digital color is every bit as good and now, perhaps better than color print film, I still demand FILM when I shoot B & W. Because there are still quite a few varieties of B & W film remaining, some with a high grain structure and some with much finer grain, I believe it is far superior than shooting B&W with digital and all ofits sharpness.

I believe the pictures you posted in this entry make that point so eloquently and perhaps once again prove Ansel Adams' preference for B & W over color film (although he did do shoot color on occasion).

Another thing your Dad's works points out his consummate skill with a camera. Back in 1964, one HAD to know how to set the camera's shutter speed, aperture opening and make the film selection to accomplish the desired goal. Your Dad's compositional eye was also highly developed as all of his photos prove.

Muffy, I said it before and i'll say it again. You should PUBLISH a book of his work.

You could call it THE PREPPY PHOTOGRAPHER: A Retrospective 195X-196X or something to that effect.

Marc said...

Great stuff :)

...and thank you for sharing, Muffy.

Dawn said...

Thank you for sharing these. One is more beautiful than the next! I am sure I'm not alone in scrolling down slowly and holding my breath until I saw one more. Stunning and evocative.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous photos! They make me so nostalgic for times I don't even remember. Thanks for sharing. Beth

stevesoto said...

Amazing photos. Thank you for sharing.

Casey said...

Fantastic - reminds me of my own parents photos (although not as crisp and artistic) from their sailing days in Annapolis.

Anonymous said...

Muffy:

This is off-topic but please consider doing a post on things for children such as strollers, clothes, etc.

My wife and I are having our first child and are having a hard time finding the aforementioned things that are not either poorly made and/or garish. At least we can manage its diet quite easily what with all the farmers' markets around our city.

Please consider and thank you.

w.g.

Jeanne Henriques said...

Fabulous!

M said...

Never seen anything quite like this in content or form. Visually intoxicating, really. Didn't want it to end. Nor did they, I bet.

Pete said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures.
I spent 3 days on a ship out of Camden this summer – sheer bliss.

Anonymous said...

Brought back great memories. The photos are simply wonderful. I remember sailing out of Camden once with a fellow who played the bagpipe, so I will forever hear that as the background sound of a Windjammer cruise. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

You can still sign up at sailmainecoast.com These ships are still carrying passengers! Fabulous style!

Jeff said...

I'm thrilled to have found your Dad's photos! Not only are they so evocative of the time and place – and of my experience working on the boats late '64 through '67, but also bring back wonderful memories, as many of the crew and even a couple of passengers are known to me. I've shared your blog with Capt Joe Davis, who is the subject of several of the photos, and Capt Rob Whitehurst, who was captured in a couple of the photos of the Mattie (nka Grace Bailey). I started on the Merc in early August '64, after your Dad's cruise, and worked for the Nisbets through the first 2 weeks of the '68 season - then off to US Navy. Just wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Warm regards, Jeff Burnett

gail said...

These beautiful pictures brought back so many memories!! I sailed on the Adventure with a friend in 1972, and met my future husband that week. Except for the clothes styles, and hairdos, it could have been our week. We also sailed out of Camden. We have been back in recent years. Penobscot Bay with its beautiful islands is just as wonderful now as it was then, except that there are no starfish anymore. :(
Doing a windjammer cruise again is on our list now that we are both retired. And it will be out of Camden and on Penobscot Bay.

Andy Stenton said...

Beautiful photography and the moment, captured. Thanks for sharing.