Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Nov. 22, 1861

Launching of the U.S. Gunboat Penobscot

“On Tuesday the gunboat Penobscot, (one of the number which the extra session of Congress provided for) was finely launched from the yard of C.P. Carter & Co., in presence of a large number of spectators, and taken to the upper steamboat wharf, where she will receive her machinery. The boat rates as follows: Tonnage, 550; Length, (feet,) 158; Breadth, (feet,) 28; Depth, (feet,) 12; Draft with armament and stores, 11. Her armament will be 12 thirty-two pounders, and a pivot rifled gun on the upper deck. She is schooner rigged, with a square sail on the foremast; but the motive power relied upon is the propeller engine.”

Nov. 19, 1885

“Extensive repairs have been made on the lower bridge in this city, between $3,000 and $4,000 having been expended. Mr. Knowlton, who has had charge of the work, says that 450 feet of the bridge east of the draw and 195 feet of the west end have been covered with cedar and gravel. A portion of the bridge is covered with planking which also has a good coat of gravel. Mr. K thinks the plank portion of the bridge ought to last seven years, while the remainder is good for twenty-five years.”

Nov. 22, 1917

“The first basket ball games of the season were played in the Opera House last Thursday evening with a good attendance. In the High school girls' game the Reds defeated the Blacks in a score of 16 to 7. The High school boys' team was defeated by the local boys 26 to 18. The teams will play to-morrow, Friday, evening in the Opera House if William Pendleton, a member of the High school team has sufficiently recovered from an injury to his knee received at last Thursday's game.”

“Everyone in Islesboro is knitting for the Army and Navy.”

Nov. 20, 1969

The Belfast Peace March

“22 peace marchers paraded through the downtown business area Friday afternoon escorted by police officers. It was a wet, wet day and most of the march was held in a downpour. There was no violence and no remarks from either marchers or spectators. It was a silent protest as originally stated by the group, almost all of whom are students calling themselves the Belfast Youth Coalition to End the War in Vietnam. They just did their thing, as one of the young marchers said.”

Playing at the Colonial: Elvis Presley in “Charro” and Walt Disney Productions presents “The Love Bug.”

Nov. 21, 1996

“Kick off the holiday season Dec. 4, by coming to the second annual “Taste of the Town” sponsored by the Women Entrepreneurs of Belfast at the Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. Local caterers and restaurants will be donating platters of hors d’oeuvres for the public to sample. A $3 donation will be requested at the door. Half the proceeds will be donated to the Belfast Free Library to supplement its small business collection. The other half is used by WEB to promote its meetings.”