Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Regal Passenger Steamer / Un paquebot à vapeur majestueux
— The Museum in the Streets —
Steamboats first made scheduled stops in Belfast in 1824, carrying passengers and freight along the coast. The Eastern Steam Ship Company of Boston built the wharf pictured here in 1888. The "Great White Flyer" steamer Belfast plied the waters of Penobscot Bay carrying passengers overnight to and from Boston. Built in Bath, Maine, in 1909 she was 320' in length and boasted a steel hull, triple screws and speed of 17 knots. Carrie Greenlaw, winner of a "Prettiest Girl in Belfast" contest, had the honor of christening the ship with a bottle of champagne at the launching. The ship presented both an impressive sight and sound, her whistle blowing as she rounded the bend into the harbor. The SS Belfast steamed away from the wharf for the last time in December 1935. Her whistle is on display at the Belfast Museum.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 30.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1935.
Location. 44° 25.549′ N, 69° 0.002′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Commercial Street. The Marker is by the waterfront to the right of the boathouse at the end of Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Five-Masted Beauty / Une beauté à cinq mâts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On this site (about 700 feet away); The Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (about 700 feet away); Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti (about 700 feet away); Belfast Historian's Home / La Maison Williamson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés (approx. ¼ mile away); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (approx. ¼ mile away); The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #30 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.