Steam Tug Stella Pickert

by Hans | January 30th, 2014

Another steam tug that started out life as a passenger boat. This is the Stella Pickert, built at Bath, Maine, in 1884, and used to transport stonecutters and supplies from Stonington, Maine, to the granite quarries on nearby Crotch Island.

She had a sponsoned hull – the deck, overhanging the narrower hull to gain extra space for passengers and deck cargo, is faired into the hull along its length. In 1915, when this photograph was taken at Stonington’s Eastern Steamship Wharf, the Stella Pickert was employed solely as a tugboat. Later in 1915, she was converted from steam power to gasoline.

(Source: On the Hawser by Steven Lang & Peter H.Spectre)

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