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Marm and Pa on a “Trailer”

By The Editors

Image courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Family and friends are gathered in April, 1973, for the launch of Marm and Pa, built for 20-year-old Leonard May of Swan’s Island. The boat was 33 feet long, 10 feet 8 inches in the beam, with a 34-inch draft. Boats were tied to log cradles for the trip from the Gross Point boatyard to the launch site at “Burt Carter’s Shore” on the East Branch of the Medomak River in Waldoboro. Maneuvering in the yard or on the shore and towing down to the launch was accomplished by truck, tractor, oxen, or a combination, depending upon how muddy the conditions. 

This photo is from the Everett “Red” Boutilier Collection at the Penobscot Marine Museum. The image was used in an exhibit the museum created in 2015, called “The Carters and the Lukes.” You can read more about the exhibit at


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