Cranberry Islands Notes
by Chuck Liebow
Maps, Vessels, Roads, Census Data, Boat Building, Sources, Photos, Houses, Families
List Of VesselsFrom notes made by Chuck Liebow
(Typed & some notes added by Hugh Dwelley Nov. 1994)
Vessels at the Cranberry Islands in 1874 included: Tons Name Owner 21 Neptune John C. Bunker 36 Rocella? C. B. Stanley 48 Union Hadlock 31 Starlight Hadlock 36 Clinton Hadlock 24 Theory G. Fernald 82 Mantyman? Sam Bulger 39 Sea Bird G. B. Stanley 42 Van W. Bunker 43 Church F. Bunker (Spelling of some names and initials of owners are questionable.) ALICE B. CROSBY - Schooner KGQJ Master - George Washington Bunker Crew of 9 Built in 1898 in Bath. #106682 1113 Gross Tons 204/40/18.5 Home port in Portland. Made it to Portland Harbor in the gale of 1898. AMANDA AUGUSTA Built in 1889 at Swans Island. #106646 10 Gross Tons. 31.1/12.0/60 ??? ASTRAL Wrecked on Mt. Desert in 1902. ANNIE L. SANBORN Built in 1886 in Maryland. #106203 38 Gross Tons. 61.5/22.5/4.7 ANNIE F. KIMBALL Built in 1895 in Baltimore. #106444 401 Gross Tons. 146.1/ /10.1 BEAVER - Brig 180 Gross Tons. Square sterned Owned by Samuel Hadlock Sr. of Islesford. Sam's son Elijah died in her of "brain fever" on a voyage to Cuba in July of 1828. Mate Josiah Higgins assumed command and sailed her for a number of years. Sold to Benjamin Spurling. BELLE AND MARY Captained part time by S. N. Bulger. BLOOMER - Schooner Built as a sloop in 1855 by Eben Pray at Indian Point. #2179 51 Gross Tons. 64.3/21.8/6.2 Worked 50 years carrying stone. Masts were widely spread apart to allow for big hatches. BREEZE - Sloop Built in 1887 in Gloucester.#3366 33/14/5.3 CAMPO BELLO - Cutter "Cutter: A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with one mast and a jib and a foresail" per Webster's. This small vessel belonged to Capt. William Owen who was proprietor of the British settlement on Campobello Island. In 1770, Aaron Bunker was Owen's pilot on a fall voyage from Campobello to Portland to bring back winter supplies for the colony. Aaron's parents were living on Great Duck and brothers and sisters with families were on both Great and Little Cranberry Islands. The Campo Bello called at Great Cranberry both going and coming and great fun was had by all. The Campo Bello must have been a fast and a tough little vessel. Two schooners accompanied on the voyage and they usually left port before the Campo Bello but arrived at the next stop after her. Tough because they ran her aground at two or three times both going and coming. Also, when there was no proper wind, they "rowed" her in and out of harbors including the Pool at Great Cranberry. Probably they put a rowboat out in front and towed. In one case thay also "kedged" her up a stream by carrying an anchor out ahead and then hauling up to it. (Source: Narrative of American Voyages and Travels of Capt. William Owen, R. N. 1766-1771; Victor H. Palsits, Editor. NY Public Library 1942.) CASHIER Masters - Samuel Spurling & William Moore Built in Eden in 1820. 30 Gross Tons. 49.8/17.8/5.3 Two masts with a square stern. Perhaps the vessel from which Sam Spurling gave the Caribbean pirates a "little bit of Hell, Maine style." CLEOPATRA - Schooner Master - Luchens Higgins Built at Mount Desert in 1811. Owned on shares by Sam Hadlock Sr., J. Stevens, and T. Westgate. COMMERCE - Schooner Built in 1846 in Bradford, Connecticut. #4628 48 Gross Tons. 55/19/6 Owned and sailed in 1859 by Albert Stanley. CRANBERRY Built at Eden in October of 1805. Included on some lists as a schooner owned by the Hadlocks. DAUNTLESS - Sloop Master - William Bulger Crew of 1. Built in 1899 in Brystol, Maine. #1575 6 Gross Tons - 5 Gross Tons 26' 4"/10'/5' DOLLY Built in about 1820. DOLPHIN - Schooner #157033 6 Gross Tons. 37'/11' 6"/7' 2" Also the name of a Friendship sloop owned by Archie Spurling. DON PARSONS - Schooner Wrecked on the south shore at Islesford in _____ with a cargo of coal. ELLA FRANCES Built in Somesville in about 1874 for Capt. Sam Bulger. Co-owners included: Joseph Spurling, Enoch Spurling, George Fernald, and Alfred Gilley. ELATE - Sloop Built in 1892 in Vinalhaven. #136312 5 Gross Tons.33' 6"/9' 8"/4' 6" ELVIE L. SPURLING - Schooner Master - Warren A. "Bert" Spurling. Crew of 15. Built in Essex, Mass. in 1904. O.N. 200700 70 Gross Tons, 50 Net Tons. 79.8/21.4/9.2 Probably used by Bert in the mackerel fishery. On an oral history tape, Bert says that he gave up fishing when he could no longer obtain a reliable and sober crew. L'ESPERANCE Master - MacFarland. A fishing vessel built at Bristol, Maine in 1866. EVA N. - Sloop Master - Elisha Bunker. Crew of 3. Built in 1901 in Friendship, Maine. #136911 9 Gross Tons, 9 Net Tons. 31/12/6 EXPRESS Master - J. Gilley Built at Bangor in 1872. Possibly 7376 O.N. 79/23/7.7 In 1859, sailed by John Stanley and owned by him and others. Note: the sailing date of 1859 conflicts with the building date of 1872. - Bruce. FACTOR Master - Enoch & Benjamin Spurling. 81-foot vessel built at Cranberry Isles in 1832. FOUR SISTERS Master - Capt. Benjamin Spurling. Built in 1814 by William Moore and two sons [at Sutton?]. FRANK BRAINARD - Schooner Three master which delivered coal to Islesford in the 1940s and later years. FRANKLIN Built at North Yarmouth in 1815. Bought by Benjamin and Enoch Spurling in 1819. GEORGE G. WALCOTT Master - George Washington Bunker Crew of 10 Built in 1890 in Bath. 1553 Gross, 1388 Net Tons 212/44/19.6 Home port of Portland. GERTRUDE - Sloop Built at Brooksville in 1889. #86048 6 Gross Tons. 32.6/11/4.6 GRAND DESIGN Wrecked on Long Ledge (also called the Thumper or the Nubble) in the Western Way in 1740. Survivors went ashore at Ship Harbor where many remained over the winter and died. GUESS - Schooner Built, perhaps, in Rockport, Maine. 10181 O.N.? 15 Gross Tons, 14 Net Tons. 44/12.8/6 Crew of 1. HARRIET - Sloop Built in Islip, New York in 1879. #95577 8 Gross Tons. 34/13.8/3.6 HATTIE LEWIS - Schooner Built in 1864 in Guilford. #11557 50 Gross Tons. 60.2/21.5/5.1 HAZARD Master - Israel Higgins Built in 1809 for Sam Hadlock Sr. and paid for with proceeds from his haul of fish carried from Labrador to Oporto, Portugal, returning with a cargo of citrus, onions, and salt. HERO - Schooner A two-masted schooner built in 1819. Carried on some lists of the Hadlock fleet. ICE PLANT Built in 1819. Owned 3/4ths. by Samuel Hadlock and, perhaps, 1/3rd. by Thomas Bunker. Impossible: 3/4 + 1/3 = 13/12 - Bruce ISLESFORD - Steamboat Master - Gilbert T. Hadlock. #100555 O.N. 49.2/14.4/5.2 Built at Brewer in 1893 for Gilbert Hadlock who carried passengers and freight around the Great Harbor of Mount Desert in her until 1907 when she was sold "to the westard." Capt. Gilbert received the Congressional Medal for Bravery for having, with the Islesford, rescued the crew of the schooner Effie T. Kemp on June 19, 1894. (Source: Pioneers Settlers of Islesford - The Hadlocks by Hugh L. Dwelley; Islesford Historical Society, March 1994; Pg. 38.) JESSIE MCGREGER - Barkintine Call letters JWMB. 507 Gross Tons. 151/33.5/12.4 Built in 1882 by George Russell in Deering, Maine. Owned by Thomas G. Krum. Name changed to Mary Barry. Foundered on March 17, 1913 with no loss of life. LEWIS A. Owned by Ernest W. Spurling. MARGARET LEONARD Owned by W. E. Bunker. MARY BARRY - Barkintine See the vessel Jessie McGreger. MAYPOLE A brig built early in the 1800s. MINERVA - Schooner 75 Gross Tons. 64 feet long with a square stern. A two-masted schooner built in the Cranberry Island Pool in 1820 for Sam Hadlock Sr. and many partners. In March 1829, Sam Hadlock Jr. sailed the Minerva on a sealing expedition to Greenland with a crew of 19 local men, including his 14-year-old son. The vessel never returned and all of the crew were lost. (See God's Pocket by Rachel Field, 1934.) NEW BOXER - Schooner (Formerly the Boxer.) #2264 O.N. 60 Gross Tons, 57 Net Tons. 69.1/21.2/5.7 Built in 1845 at Wells, Maine. Crew of 2. Probably home ported at Southwest Harbor, Maine. NESTOR (or NEWTON) - Brig 200 Gross Tons. Owned by Enoch Spurling. In 1820, brought Irish immigrants to Philadelphia. Note: The brig Nestor is included on lists of the Hadlock fleet. Perhaps Sam Hadlock owned it with Enoch Spurling, or sold it to him. Perhaps he changed the name to Newton? Sawtelle records that the Nestor was lost in 1828. OCEAN 131 Gross Tons, 90 Net Tons? This is the vessel in which Sam Hadlock Sr. sailed in 1807 from Labrador? Greenland to Oporto, Portugal, and returned with a cargo of citrus, onions, and salt. This was the founding of Old Sam's fortune. OCEANUS - Friendship Sloop Built in 1907 in Friendship, Maine and owned by Fred Birlem. OTTER - Schooner Master - Epps Hadlock. Built in 1823 for Sam Hadlock Sr. at a cost of $3,396.18 and employed in seining and whaling. In 1831, lost in the West Indies with all hands including 26-year old Capt. Epps Hadlock. PREFERENCE Master - Thurston in 1871. #19715 O.N. 43 Gross Tons. Built in 1829 at Charleston, Mass. John Gilley was 1/3rd. owner and the vessel was sold for a 1/2 share in the Express. RENA A. PERCY - Schooner Master - Willis G. Bunker. Crew of 14. #200857 78 Gross Tons, 46 Gross Tons 76.5/21.6/9.4 Built in 1904 in East Boothbay and used for dory trawling around Jonesport and elsewhere. SAM HADLOCK - Brigantine (sometimes schooner rigged.) Master - Edwin Hadlock and others. 120 Gross Tons. Largest vessel built in the Mount Desert region and the last built at Little Cranberry. Built in 1848 for Edwin Hadlock and rigged as a schooner. She was re-rigged as a brig in 1852 and lost in a storm off Hatteras some years later. (See Pioneers Settlers of Islesford - The Hadlocks by Hugh L. Dwelley; Islesford Historical Society, March 1994; pp. 15-17 for an account of the harrowing maiden voyage of the Sam Hadlock from Tampico, Mexico in February 1849.) SUNSHINE - Friendship sloop Master - S. N. Bulger. #116806 O.N. 7 Gross Tons, 6 Net Tons. 27/10/5 Built in 1898 in Bristol, Maine. A boat named Sunshine was also built for Charles Eliot in 1872. THEMIS Master - Fred Fernald. Fred Fernald left Islesford in about 1900 and married Neva Gott. Themis is mentioned in Merchant Vessels Travel Yacht. UNION 1817 John Manchester. Note: The Union is listed by Sawtelle and others as among the last remaining schooners in the Hadlock fleet. Indeed, she is credited by Sawtelle with having brought pipe from Mt. Desert Ferry to Seal Harbor to pipe water from Jordan Pond. VILLAGE BELLE Early 1800s. WILD ROSE 47.5 ft. built in Boothbay. Owned in 1885 by Willis Bunker. Mentioned in the records of a 1938 hurricane.
From 1859 Custom Records of Southwest Harbor
Cranberry Isles 1830 Statistics